[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Transceiver
walterh at k5wh.net
Sun Apr 5 08:26:45 PDT 2009
I too have a TS-2000x, and was a bit disappointed to find the birdies on
AO-27 and SO-50.
But after some serious consideration, I came up with a very simple way to
resolve the issue for about $100.00, or $200.00 if you also have a 2.4g
downconverter (far cheaper than another radio :) ) that works exceptionally
well. And allows me to use SatPC32 to handle all the conversions
This came to me as a result of solving my S-band issue with AO-51.
I bought the S-band downconverter for AO-40, and it was great for that, with
it's UHF uplink, and S-band downlink, that downconverted to VHF.
However, when AO-51 implemented the S-band downlink, it used VHF as the
Uplink. That presented quite a problem with only 1 vhf port on the TS-2000.
So I decided to solve both my problems at the same time, with a couple
downconverters from Hamtronics, by using a VHF to 10 meters, and another for
UHF to 10 meters.
But rather than tying one of my 2 HF ports, I used the Receive only port for
HF on the 2000. That also ensures that there is never a risk of my
accidently transmitting INTO the downconverter. You also have to activate
that port through the menus, #18 as I recall, when you want to use it.
I created a power-point slide to try to depict the setup, but let me know if
you need any further clarification on it.
I'm sure there may be far more clever ways to deal with the issue, but this
works extremely well for me, and hope it will for others as well.
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Jim Leder
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2009 9:53 AM
To: AMSAT BB
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Transceiver
I bought my TS-2000 back in 2005, mainly for it's HF capabilities. Doing a
little satellite work was just an after thought. I wouldn't trade it for any
other comparable HF or satellite radio out there. If all you need is a
satellite radio, then either the IC-910H (very pricey new) or a clean, used
FT-736R is the ticket.
Yes the TS-2000 does have a few birdies which get in the way of SO-50 and
AO-27, but I can still use those birds with my old Kenwood TM-G707A FM
mobile radio. It has better FM audio anyway. But, along with Satpc32, the
TS-2000 is a wonder on the transponder birds. It's CAT control, trace
function and the fact that it will do 100 watts on 144 and 50 watts on 435
make it a great satellite radio. Maybe not the best, but along with it's HF
capabilities, a very nice overall rig.
Jim Bob Buckeye
**** Jim Leder****
K8CXM since 1961
IBM retiree since 1999
There are 10 types of people in this world -- those who understand binary
and those who don't.
----- Original Message -----
From: "MM" <ka1rrw at yahoo.com>
To: "AMSAT BB" <AMSAT-BB at amsat.org>; "Sebastian" <w4as at bellsouth.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2009 10:31 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Transceiver
> i am running the Yeasu FT-736R.
> it supports 6/2/440/1200.
> its the best Sat rig ever made and you can find good ones for under $600.
> --- On Fri, 4/3/09, Sebastian <w4as at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> From: Sebastian <w4as at bellsouth.net>
>> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Transceiver
>> To: "AMSAT BB" <AMSAT-BB at amsat.org>
>> Date: Friday, April 3, 2009, 8:35 PM
>> I have a Kenwood TS-2000, but was disappointed about the
>> birdy on
>> 436.795, which makes both SO-50 and AO-27 unusable.
>> Now if that doesn't bother you, the 2000 is a great
>> However, I wanted to have a dedicated satellite radio, and
>> I decided
>> to go with the Icom IC-910H.
>> I guess it all depends. If you are looking for a radio
>> that will do
>> HF & VHF/UHF and satellites, and aren't too
>> concerned about using
>> those two birds, then go with the 2000. You can't beat
>> it for the
>> If you want to have a rig that was designed specifically
>> for satellite
>> work, and if you already have an HF rig, then the 910H is
>> for you.
>> There are other older radios available, but I personally
>> like to stay
>> with rigs that are still in production.
>> 73 de W4AS
>> On Apr 3, 2009, at 4:30 PM, Norman W Osborne wrote:
>> > Which one?
>> > I am looking to buy something new and have been
>> looking at the knw
>> > 2000 and
>> > Icom.
>> > Any suggestions?
>> > best regards,
>> > Norman
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