[amsat-bb] Radios and Satellites
matthew at mrstevens.net
Fri Mar 10 02:36:35 UTC 2017
There's a lot of inexpensive ways to get on full duplex, I picked up my D72
used on eham for half of what one costs new.
And "full duplex" doesn't have to be all in one rig... 2 radios, one as a
receiver and one as a transmitter works just as well. Full duplex just
means you can hear yourself on the downlink while transmitting. I've used
an FT60r as a receiver and $20 baofeng as a transmitter. Use what you have
or can afford, listen before you tx (that goes whether you're full duplex
or not...) and have fun!
On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 9:18 PM, <skristof at etczone.com> wrote:
> 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
> > all the FM birds. To me, and maybe its just me, but it is very
> > to be told I "must" go full duplex in order to get on the birds. It
> > 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
> > 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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