[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Transceiver
w4as at bellsouth.net
Sun Apr 5 10:41:10 PDT 2009
I will agree with you about 90%. The FT-736R has been THE radio the
satellite community has talked about for years, and will continue to
talk about. However, there are some things that need to be considered.
First, the power supply is a known problem. Certainly not a huge
problem, since if it goes out, you can run it with an external power
The other problem is it's age; lack of replacement parts available for
them; and eventual break down of the values of components due to it's
Additionally, while you can certainly find them used (and your price
of $600 is way too low, I would buy a good one at that price - they
easily go for about $900 now), the other problem is interfacing them
with a computer, which from what I recall, requires an IF-232, and I
think those are quite difficult to find today. I don't know if there
is an easier or cheaper way to interface them since I haven't owned
one for many years, but not being able to use computer control on such
an excellent radio would be a shame.
Last, their output power is not very high by today's standards. Sure
it's high enough to work the satellites, but it's probably not enough
for meteor scatter, without an amp.
I'm not knocking the 736, I agree it's an excellent rig. It's just a
shame there is only one true 100% satellite radio currently being
73 de W4AS
On Apr 5, 2009, at 10:31 AM, MM wrote:
> 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
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