[amsat-bb] L-Band Equipment List
Edward R Cole
kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Tue Jan 23 05:37:22 UTC 2018
Thanks for all the comments. Back in 1998 I bought the new FT-847
just before AO-40 launch. I was also getting into eme starting on
2m. The 847 worked very nice for satellite operation and eme and I
kept it for 14 years. Note: I was AL7EB until 2005.
But in 2010 I decided using a better HF radio with good transverters
was a better way to do eme so I bought a K3 and DEMI transverters for
144/222/432/1296/3456. I already had a 10368/144 DEMI
transverter. Subsequent to selling the FT-847 in 2012, I missed
having full use of the 430-450 band and decided after quite a lot of
searching new dual-band FM radios that finding a substitute for the
old 847 made more sense. A local ham up here in AK had three
FT-736R's so I convinced him to sell me one that had the basic
VHF/UHF bands for $500. Interestingly, that got me a good old
satellite radio in addition with all-mode on both bands. I had two
other radios with 6m and transverters for 222 and 1296 so did not
need to get those modules for the 736R.
Since then I sold the DEMI 222/28 and bought a 222 30w FM transceiver
(no SSB in use on 222 up here). My DEMI 432/28 has been idle with
having the FT-736R. But it might still get some use as I installed
dual LO's (locking PLL) to cover 432-434 and 435-437 MHz.
I can do 144-MHz with the K3+DEMI or with my KX3-2M; probably use
either on Rx and use the 736R with DEMI 144/1268 to Tx. But first
step will be getting the 736R back on satellite U/V using my old
AO-40 az-el tracking antennas. Probably get around to that in Feb.
so you may hear another Alaskan on the sats "pretty soon".
73, Ed - KL7UW
PS: I am on eme for 6m/2m/23cm and by next summer 9cm. Also
collecting parts to do 3cm-eme (eme took over my interests after AO-40).
At 02:22 PM 1/22/2018, John Geiger wrote:
>Right now Ham Radio Outlet
>(<http://www.hamradio.com>www.hamradio.com) has a Yaesu FT736R with
>the 6 meter module and the 23cm module on their consignment list for $1000
73, Ed - KL7UW
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