[amsat-bb] Re: What would be a good radio ???

Sebastian w4as at bellsouth.net
Sat Jan 3 13:11:25 PST 2009

ICOM IC-910H if you want 1.2 GHz.  Radio is in production, a bit on  
the expensive side, but you get what you pay for.

Otherwise a Yaesu FT-847; no longer in production, doesn't have 1.2  
GHz but can be added with a transverter.  The Yaesu FT-736R is still  
an excellent radio but really getting old, and parts may be a problem;  
many suffer from broken internal power supplies, however you can use  
an external one.

If I missed any, I'm sure someone else will give you more ideas.

I also have a TS-2000 for HF, but use the FT-847 for satellite work.   
Some have said that if you use a mast mounted preamp for 440 MHz, and  
disable the TS-2000's internal preamp, that significantly cuts out the  
birdy.  I haven't tried that because my preamps are fed their voltage  
directly with the coax via the FT-847.  The TS-2000 doesn't have that  
capability; why that was left out doesn't make any sense to me.

73 de W4AS

On Jan 3, 2009, at 1:33 PM, racer5039 wrote:

> I have a TS-2000 that I am using now to work the birds but am you  
> all know the Kenwood TS-2000 has a problem with the down link at or  
> around 436.800.
> My question is...what would be a good radio to use on these birds?
> Maybe something that would cover the 1.2G stuff as well.
> Thansk to all those that helped me out with the SSB Sat tuning.
> It has really helped me out.
> Thanks again.
> Marv
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