[amsat-bb] Just starting (back) up
w4as at miamisky.com
Sun May 11 19:30:59 PDT 2008
About 10 years ago or so, I owned a Yaesu FT-736R, and used AO-10,
UO-16 and a few others. I had a lot of fun. Family and job
obligations, as well as several hurricanes later (I'm in South
Florida), I ended up getting out of radio for many years.
Now, things have changed. I'm disabled, so I was able to retire early
(49 years old). I can't do any tower work, or antenna work anymore,
so I have to rely on a friend.
I kept my old AOP-10 antennas, my Yaesu G-5400B rotor, and I currently
have an Icom IC-746 (non-pro) and a Yaesu FT-8800.
I plan to put back up my AOP-10 antennas, and work the FM birds.
So here is my question. Considering the equipment I have right now,
and the birds that are currently up; is it worth it for me to get a
satellite radio at this time? I'm interested only in voice.
Should I even consider the old 736R, or go for the newer IC-910H. I
loved the 736R, but they still demand a lot on eBay; and it's an old
rig, which I'm not sure there are still parts available from Yaesu in
the event it requires service in the future. It's also a relatively
low powered rig, compared to the IC-910H, and even my IC-746.
The IC-910H is expensive, however it's a current model, and puts out 4
times the power of the 736R. But it's about 40% higher in price than
Are there any birds planned for the near future which will require 440
SSB? I would appreciate any thoughts as to which direction I should
go (I hope I have posted this in the right list).
73s de W4AS.
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