[amsat-bb] Re: Radio setups

Simon (HB9DRV) simon at hb9drv.ch
Sun Aug 31 01:01:46 PDT 2008

Hi Tim,

I suggest a used FT-847 single radio as it has the best computer support for 
the satellite side - you can easily set the uplink / downlink mode whereas 
with the TS-2000 you have to flip control between uplink and downlink before 
setting the mode. Not a big deal though. TS-2000 has a nasty birdie which 
gets in the way of SO-50 (I think).

I have a TS-2000 which I own and a FT-847 on loan.

SatPC (maybe) and some other Windows software controls two radios - if you 
go this route then IMO you have the best flexibility. I don't know what 
radio I would suggest - I'm a fan of the IC-703, for satellites the IC-7000 
is also an option. Sadly the Yaesu FT-8x7 can't update the frequency via the 
computer while it's transmitting.

Anyway - starting from scratch - look for a used FT-847, be ready to buy a 
pair of external SSB Electronics pre-amplifiers.

Simon Brown, HB9DRV

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Tapio" <tim at timtapio.com>

> Looking at ideas for all mode transceivers for working analog sats.
> I haven't ruled out two individual radios, actually see a lot of benefit.
> Need to be able to control Doppler on up and downlinks.
> It appears SatPC will do that.

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