[amsat-bb] Re: Current Handheld

John Heath g7hia at btinternet.com
Sun Mar 7 14:26:15 PST 2010

No full duplex handheld - here is a simple solution. 

Use two rigs. Buy a 5w 2m radio for the uplink.
Several good ones available available at low cost. 
If using an Arrow run separate cables for each radio, this avoids the diplexer which some on this list report as a source of extras loss.

Works fine for me

73 John G7HIA


From: Clint Bradford <clintbrad4d at earthlink.net>
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Sent: Sunday, 7 March, 2010 20:23:12
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Current Handheld

>> ...  "what is the best current handheld for FM sats"??

We do not have a currently-manufactured TRUE DUPLEX HT available. Alinco tried - but the sub-band receive performance on their DJ-G7T is gruesome.

I use and like the Yaesu FT-60R - for MANY reasons ...

-Receives 108 to a gig
-bulletproof case
-strongest belt clip of any amateur HT chassis on the market
-easy to manually program
-1,000+ memories
-large, easy-to-read display
-and a battery situation that is great. Load up the optional FBA-25 AA alkaline tray with alkalines or NiMH cells, and you have FULL TX POWER available, is needed. Do that on, say, a Kenwood TH-F6a, and you have ONE-HALF WATT TX power.

Oh - and the Yaesu FT-60R can be programmed for "split freq" ops - where is receives on 440 and transmits on 2M.

Overall, it is a tremendous value for your money. Under $200 at HRO and AES and other authorized Yaesu dealers.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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