[amsat-bb] Re: Yaesu 847 vs. Icom 910

Phil phillor at telstra.com
Tue Feb 15 21:46:20 PST 2011

On Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:00:41 pm zach hillerson wrote:
> I am finally in the market for a base station radio for satellites.  I
> should mention that I am also planning to install a wire dipole in the
> backyard for HF work, but convenience shouldn't be the reason to buy/not
> to buy a radio.....
> It seems that the Icom 910 and Yaesu 847 are the two main transceivers in
> base use for satellites.  I know some folks are using the Kenwood TS2000,
> bu i t I understand thatit has a "birdie" that makes operation on a couple
> FM satellites challenging.  I am hoping to work both the linear and fm
> birds with this transceiver. 
> Is there a BB favorite?  Have I just opened up a bad can of worms?  I just
> want to make sure that I am purchasing the proper parts the first time....

Hello Zach,

I've owned an FT-847 for the past eleven years and although it has served me 
well (mostly satellite use but some HF operation as well) it has several 
annoying birdies which are most noticeable the 144 MHz band. One particularly 
annoying S7 birdie appears around 145.9 MHz which makes communication via 
VO-52 difficult at times.

Other that that it has been a very reliable radio.


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