[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-857D

Stefan Wagener wageners at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 22:59:51 UTC 2016

Hi Graham.

If you check online, the HackRF has been a huge disappointment as a
receiver for a number of reasons. The airspy is better but at the end it is
the FCD Pro+ that will outperform all of them especially with the narrow
SAW filters on 2m and 70cm. I had all three and tested them extensively for
satellite work. At the end I only kept the FCDplus+.

Hope this helps,

Stefan, VE4NSA

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:33 PM, Graham <planophore at aei.ca> wrote:

> very interesting discussion.
> Does anyone have any first hand experience using the Airspy SDR
> http://airspy.com/
> It is in the same price range as FCDP+ and a bit more than the SDRPlay.
> There are so many to choose from with prices all the over the place. I
> realize that you get what you pay for but sometimes that is not always
> obvious, for example the HackRF devices are considerably more the
> SDRPlay/FCDP+/Airspy but as someone commented, lacks front end filtering
> making them a poorer choice.
> So far I have been only dabbling with receiving the many satellites now
> flying about. It has been a long time since I have made any contacts
> through any of them, that was back in the OSCAR 7/8, RS10/11 era.
> cheers, Graham ve3gtc
> On 2016-01-22 20:45, Clayton W5PFG wrote:
>> Like others have mentioned here, the $20-25 RTL Dongles have not worked
>> very well for me when combined with a transmitter.  The FT-857D/FUNcube
>> DonglePro+ combo worked well for me. Not one of the two RTL dongles was
>> suitable for regular use.  I rank the RTL's as a failure for both mode B or
>> J birds without significant additional filters.  For simple receive use,
>> they're okay.
>> If compactness was a desire, the FCDP+ would be my choice. However, the
>> SDRPlay mentioned has a lot more bandwidth capability and is reasonably
>> priced from HRO in the states.
>> 73
>> Clayton
>> W5PFG
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