[amsat-bb] Re: Optimum HT for FM satellite use?

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sat Jan 31 10:55:50 PST 2009

>  I think the new Yaesu VX8r is full duplex. I recently purchased one, but
> haven't had a chance to get on the FM voice sats with it yet, to see how
> well it works. It  does run APRS well with it's add-on GPS, I did get it to
> digi via ISS. I can't wait for it  to get warm, so I can do some more stuff
> outside!

Unfortunately, the VX-8R is not cross-band full-duplex capable.  I tried that
in the HRO store when it finally showed up.  You'll have to deal with memory
channels or the two VFOs in half-duplex mode to work the FM satellites with
it.  The APRS capability, with or without the GPS, is a nice addition to the
VX-8R.  Having more TNC functionality like the TH-D7 would have been
nice, but that looks like a nice radio with what's in it and the options.  It
could be really nice to have something for APRS on some of my road
trips, with the radio (including GPS) and an antenna on my vehicle.  Less
gear to deal with - and power - when on the road.



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