[amsat-bb] Re: Icom 910H vs Kenwood TS2000

Edward Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Mon Nov 30 12:34:32 PST 2009


That is the old standard for satellite operation 
when we had MEO and HEO sats to work.

Since I have my old antennas that is what I am putting up:
145: 7-element M2 yagi, mgf-1302 preamp, TR relay 
at tower, 50w FT-847 (about 20w max at 
antenna).  The KLM-22C will replace this antenna once I have re-assembled.
435:  M2-436CP42, 50w PA at tower, mgf-1302 
preamp, with TR relay to support either mode-B or J
1268: 45-element loop-yagi, 15w Tx converter 
(DEMI 1268/144) (drives with 2w on 144)
2400: 33-inch dish, helix feed, MK232 LNA, two 
Drake converters (123 & 435 IF's)

Since these are all narrow beamwidth antennas 
auto-tracking is desirable.  I am using the B5400 
az-el rotator with Unitrac-2000, SATPC32

I have all the antennasand the 1268 unit mounted 
.  Dish is next then we swing it all up into 
place and install the outdoor box with 12v PS and electronics:

73, Ed - KL7UW

At 10:38 AM 11/30/2009, Tom wrote:
>Thanks for all of the great information. Since both the TS2000 and IC910H
>have been around a while I believe that most of their 'problems' have been
>at least discovered. So, in that respect, I'm leaning away from the "still
>to be debugged" IC-9100. Also new rigs always are priced high in the
>beginning of their life, as we all know. I know that some of the ham dealers
>are offering "Closeout" prices on the 910H but I didn't see much difference
>from previous pricing.
>Not to prolong this thread but Jerry's append (below) brings up another
>question. How much antenna is "too much" for satellite operation. Someone
>earlier mentioned that an 11 element yagi might have a beam width too narrow
>to closely follow an LEO bird. I had planned on using yagis with 13 elements
>on 2M and 18 els on 70cm. Is that a bad plan?
>Thanks again.
>Tom, KØTW
> > Hi; I have owned the Ft-736 R and the Ft-847, which I am using now.
> >            No matter which rig you decide to buy the most important thing
> >           is the antenna system.
> >                I use KLM,s with switchers and pre amps.
> >              I switch my pre amps off and on from the shack.
> >              My 847 has a pre amp built in too.
> >             Nothing is better than MAST MOUNTED PRE AMPS THOUGH.
> >                If my 847 goes bad I will replace it with another used 847.
> >              I also work a lot of HF too.
> >               I run barefoot on HF all the time.
> >                I also get through all the pile ups because I have a good
> > antenna
> >                with gain.
> >                 Through the years I have made over 15,000 satellite
> > contacts alone.
> >                                      73,s Jerry w0sat
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73, Ed - KL7UW, WD2XSH/45
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