[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Transceiver
w4as at bellsouth.net
Sun Apr 5 16:01:58 PDT 2009
I agree the FT-847 is a fine radio. I have also owned one, but I got
such a good deal on an Icom IC-910H that I couldn't resist; and had to
sell the 847 to get the funds to buy it.
The 847 hasn't been mentioned, because the original poster stated that
he wanted to buy a new satellite radio, so I believe that he means
I would prefer the 847 over the 736, simply because it has HF, and has
higher power on VHF/UHF; plus it is a newer radio, and is very easy to
interface to a computer.
But really, when you consider the going price for a used 736, or a
used 847; for just a little more, you can get a new IC-910H, with a
warranty, and have a rig that is still in production. But if you find
one at a good price, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
73 de W4AS
On Apr 5, 2009, at 6:12 PM, Edward Cole wrote:
> I guess no one considers the FT-847, yet I consider it superior rig
> to the venerable FT-736R. I comes ready to interface DB-9 RS232
> jack. Only issue is it is now out of production. They show up used
> on e-bay at about $900-1100.
> I briefly considered selling mine to upgrade to a Elecraft-K3, but
> the cost to acquire 2m and 70cm xvtrs, and other things made keeping
> the FT-847 financially/functionally smarter. I'm mainly interested
> in the K3 for extreme weak-signal EME, VHF+ and 160m/600m work, and,
> of course, a superior HF rig to the FT-847. But the FT-847 shines as
> a satellite rig...so keeping it.
> 73, Ed - KL7UW
> this summer we will be again QRV on satellite:
> modes: V/U/L/S
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