[amsat-bb] Re: Icom 9100

Trevor . m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Wed May 19 01:33:51 PDT 2010

Hi Dee, 

Looks a great unit, the preliminary spec is at 

I noted the 1240 MHz band coverage goes out to 1320 MHz, be useful in the UK as our 23cm band goes out to 1325. The incorporation of a USB port is good, wish all rigs had one. 

The only disappointment is the absence of the 70 MHz band which we now have in much of Region 1. I look forward to the QST review which will should a good indication how it performs in practice. 

Agree the price is steep, clearly aimed at the very top of the Amateur market, it makes the IC-910 look cheap, but there are lots of other options for equipment for low cost satellite working. 

73 Trevor M5AKA
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--- On Tue, 18/5/10, Dee <morsesat at optonline.net> wrote:
> Date: Tuesday, 18 May, 2010, 20:30
> Satellite enthusiasts,
> To give everyone the actual Pre-release specs, I have
> attached the copy
> (specs only) of the Icom pamphlet I was offered at Dayton
> about the IC9100.
> I think that if Yaesu comes in with a $2000 version, they
> will corner the
> market-  I own 2 (yes, two) IC910's and love them but
> the price of this
> IC9100 is out there with the satellites somewhere. 
> The estimated cost of
> $4000 is out of reach for the average satellite
> enthusiast.  This is a
> hobby, not a profession...and while it looks great, the
> satellite users need
> something they can afford so they can also donate to &
> support a Launch fund
> to allow AMSAT-NA to put up another HEO bird. (One of the
> top questions to
> AMSAT at the Dayton 2010 booth while spending 14+ hours
> assisting with fund
> raising & fielding members questions.) Similar
> obstacles are being
> encountered by AMSAT-DL. Putting together a satellite our
> members have asked
> for is within sight, however, launching them is presently
> out of reach.
> AMSAT-NA is presently putting together several LEO projects
> to keep the
> spark alive. 
> Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, Alinco, & other manufacturers, a
> campaign for the
> launch costs for the benefit of all is needed to re-kindle
> the satellite
> spirit of yesterday. (AO-10, AO-13 and AO-40) DARA has
> started in this
> direction with their matching funds offer(Thanks). 
> Let's continue with this
> support. See you on the birds.
> 73,
> Dee, NB2F
> AMSAT Life member and Satellite enthusiast


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