[amsat-bb] Re: IF you had a choice...

D. Craig Fox DFox at rwglaw.com
Thu Jul 16 17:09:56 PDT 2009

Ditto K8CXM's comments.  I have much less enthusiam for the FM sats than FO29, AO7 and VO52.  Using SATPC, these are a piece of cake to regularly work with no crowds, big footprints and super doppler control.  Also, notwithstanding the birdie, I have no difficulty working SO50 or AO27 once the doppler has moved the downlink away from the birdie.  Obviously not as convenient as one would like, but still workable.

But here is also what really sells me on the 2000.
I also have an interest in HF and after discovering PSK and the other digital modes (thank you Signalink USB),  I now run VHF packet and have fun dig'g over ISS.  The full CW break-in is superior.  I also am a new 6 mtr convert.  If I am not mistaken (someone will correct me), based on the info in the current AES catalog, the 910 does not cover 6 mtrs.   Finally, using the Kenwood TH-D7 HT, one can operate the 2000 remotely (haven't tried SkyCommand yet, but that is next.)

FWIW to this discussion.


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