[amsat-bb] Radios and Satellites

skristof at etczone.com skristof at etczone.com
Fri Mar 10 02:18:28 UTC 2017

I'm with you, John. I try my best to not be annoying on the birds when
I've got my two Baofengs and my Arrow out in the backyard. If it gets to
the point where we MUST have the latest and greatest full-duplex rig,
then you'll lose me as an amateur satellite supporter. 

Steve AI9IN

On 2017-03-09 20:46, John KI4RO wrote:

> 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.
> 73
> John KI4RO
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