[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Transceiver

Sebastian 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  
brand new.

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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