[amsat-bb] Re: Kenwood TH-F6a
clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Sun Dec 7 11:18:03 PST 2008
Do you need 220 capability? The TH-F6a is a great HT...but if you do not need 220, you can spend a lot less for a FM-bird-capable HT. I use the Yaesu FT-60R in my demos and presentations. Not because it's the "ultimate," but to show folks that they don't have to spend an awful lot to get into ham satellites.
The FT-60 has a rather unique battery situation, too, compared to several other HTs: Add its optional AA alkaline case and populate it with either NiMH cells or alkalines, and you have the capability of working at FULL TX POWER. Add the optional AA case to the TH-F6a, and you're working at one-half of one Watt (alkalines only - no NiMH).
And the rest of the features: 1,000 memories, 108-to-a-gig RX, bulletproof case design, strongest belt clip of ANY amateur HT chassis on the market...
If you decide upon the TH-F6a, stick withthe stock antenna for local work. Although physically ugly, Kenwood put a lot of research time into that antenna, and it is quite a capable performer. Of course, a Smiley 270A ($16) or a Diamond SRH-320A ($50) will perform better - but work with the stock antenna for your local repeaters first before you shell out bucks for after-market antennas.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359
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