[amsat-bb] Re: satellite radios
andres at msu.edu
Mon Nov 28 17:02:56 PST 2011
On 11/28/11 16:48, Jim White wrote:
> I would appreciate info on what the currently available satellite
> radios are. We have used the IC-910 and FT-736R for some time and now
> need to recommend a radio to a couple of groups building cubesats.
> The 736 is of course long gone but it appears the 910 is also no
> longer made. We recently helped a group who had bought a TS-2000 and I
> was not particularly impressed with it as a satellite radio.
> So what's current and what works well on V and U?
> jim at coloradosatellite.com
Why limit yourself to current radios? The Icom 910 isn't made now
but there are a lot of them around. The much older IC-275/IC-475
are cheaper still but give great performance. Harder to get, but I'll
bet with a little luck you could get a pair of them for about the same
price as a 910H.
Another thing to think of is an Elecraft with their 2m/70cm transverters.
The Flex 5000 with their 2m/70cm board would make a fantastic rig,
albeit at a price (3500 ish?) but is in the neighborhood of the 9100.
The IC-290/IC-490 are older ssb rigs, but they'd work pretty well, too.
A few thoughts...
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