[amsat-bb] Re: Radios for satellite operations

Michael Tondee mat_62 at netcommander.com
Fri Apr 16 18:25:45 PDT 2010

The Kenwood TS-2000 and 2000X are still out there. They have an annoying 
birdie right smack dab on the downlink  of SO-50 and AO-27 but both of 
those are FM sats. You can work around the birdie with  a preamp but the 
pass time is shortened a bit because you are waiting for the receive 
frequency to get  a little bit away from the birdie so you can hear. I 
don't know of any issues with SSB/CW sats though.
  Icom is coming out with a new radio that has HF plus sat capapbility 
but for the price I've heard you could just about buy a Flex 5000A and 
add the soon upcoming V/U module for not much more.
  The Flex 5000A is cutting edge technology but you have to get over 
most hams confounded affinity for knobs. I just got my 5000A today. I 
chose it over replacing the TS-2000X I used to have with another. It 
will be awhile before I can afford to add the V/U module but I'm willing 
to wait because IMHO the Flex is head and shoulders above any other 
radio on the market today.
Michael, W4HIJ
On 4/16/2010 12:18 PM, Jacob Tennant wrote:
> Was wondering today after searching around on the internet, what radios are
> people using for satellite operations as I noticed the ICOM IC-910H and the
> Yaesu FT-847 are now discontinued?
> Was hoping to get into the SSB/CW satellites but was hoping to do it on a
> new radio, but it seems the satellite radios are disappearing from the
> market.
> I do have a Yaesu FT-857D that I am getting setup to do the FM satellites
> with and will try the SSB/CW satellites if I can do it with that radio.
> Jacob Tennant - K8JWT

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