[amsat-bb] Re: Kenwood THD7AG availability
John Mock KD6PAG
kd6pag at amsat.org
Tue Jun 3 20:07:55 PDT 2008
> At dayton, here is what I heard... they can no longer get about
> a handful of parts. The radio has been in production for 10
> years! Of the handful of parts, they have come up with some
> substitutes for all but one of them. There is still one tiny
> chip transistor that has no substitutes and impossible to find.
> Unless they can solve that problem, they are stuck...
That is MOST unfortunate! It is important to operate in full-duplex
in Mode J-FM, and with the demise of the Icom IC-W32A, the Kenwood
TH-D7AG was the only HT available which had that capability. Every
other multi-band HT available commercially tries to be a scanner
from DC-to-daylight, and that is inherently incompatable with full-
duplex operation. I believe that the number of people who can't hear
their own downlink has alot to do with the amount of chaos on the FM
Please, please, PLEASE!! AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-*, lobby the amateur radio
manufacturers to make another satellite-friendly HT! This is important
to the future of amateur radio.
-- KD6PAG (Networking Old-Timer, Satellite QRPer)
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