[amsat-bb] Best HT for satellite operation?
n6jsx at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 9 23:25:21 UTC 2017
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 14:17:14 -0500
From: Tucker McGuire <tucker at mcguireland.com>
To: Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner at mindspring.com>
Cc: "amsat-bb at amsat.org" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Best HT for satellite operation? This is a loaded questions and every HAM I've ever met has opinions...
It is better to ask what HT's fit SAT OPs functionality:
Everyone wants 'full duplex', I've not seen a dual-band HT that can do 'real' RX while the PTT is pushed, period!
Nest shoot for - What dual-band HT can program SAT offsets (in the SAME single memory)?
My definition: in one memory can program both 2m-RX AND 70cm-PTT or vice-versa.
Why: you only need say 4 or 5 memories per SAT for AOS/LOS OPs - one less hand needed and far less hassle. I know Yaesu and Wuoxon can do this via PC Program. Kwood TH-F6, Icom IC-91/T8, Alinco G7 cannot they can do it only via flipping the A/B Bands (pain in the butt) - they do not allow cross band offsets in memory.
Now another BAD issue with Yeasu & Wuoxun is they both have a high discharge rate of battery when in the OFF state. I found if I leave my HT's on the shelf for +60days I must isolate the battery for the radio to eliminate wasteful discharging dropp[ing a B-Meter bar. I do this by using a 'paper' business-card cut it to size, sandwich between the battery and HT - isolating the battery contacts. Easy, simple, effective, cheap - what HAM Radio is all about.
Dale Kubichek, MS-EET, N6JSX
Sidney, OH 45365 EN70vh
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