[amsat-bb] Radios and Satellites

John KI4RO johnki4ro at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 01:46:56 UTC 2017

I've had a lot of cheap fun.  I only have Baofeng rigs.  They work great on
all the FM birds.  To me, and maybe its just me, but it is very offputting
to be told I "must" go full duplex in order to get on the birds.  It would
be really nice if I could, but $$$ are definitely a problem for me.  I
cannot afford 2 $300+ HTs or 2 $200+ HTs or 2 $100+ HTs and 1 or 2 MFJ
diplexers at $30 each and then coax jumpers at $20 each and then an Arrow
at $160.  That's a lot of $$$ for a retiree on a fixed income.  I'm not
trying to turn this into a pity party but I'm just trying to get folks to
understand that jumping on the sats in full duplex mode ready to kick butt
and take names is not always possible.  Yes, it is a nice goal but not
always achievable by everybody.

John KI4RO

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