[amsat-bb] Re: Radios for satellite operations
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.
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
> 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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