[amsat-bb] Radios and Satellites
D. Craig Fox
DFox at rwglaw.com
Fri Mar 10 02:09:17 UTC 2017
shop ebay, eham, QRZ and find a clean D7 for $175- full duplex plus packet for ISS/APRS. Mine has worked great for years. Only one radio and an elk, arrow, or one of the many homebrew dual band antennas.
Superior quality and function, and definitely budget friendly
From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of John KI4RO
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2017 5:47 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Radios and Satellites
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.
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