[amsat-bb] Re: Radio setups

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sun Aug 31 11:44:22 PDT 2008

Hi Simon!

> I could be wrong (I hope not) but the FT-8x7 is not suitable for TX as you
> can't adjust the TX frequency while transmitting. The IC-7000 is OK in this
> respect, so maybe a IC-7000 / FT-817 combo? Otherwise I would suggest a
> IC-703 + transverter?

I am currently using a pair of FT-817NDs for my all-mode satellite
station.  I do not have these radios under computer control yet, so
I try to comply with the "rule" of making frequency adjustments on
the higher frequency.  I can, and regularly do, change my transmit
frequency while transmitting on these 817s.  Very nice!  I don't
know if that is possible with computer control, but the "big" knob
on the front will do that.

Once I get a better (smaller, longer battery life) laptop, I plan on
getting the cables and putting both of these radios under computer
control.  I have followed your HRD program development, and saw
it in use with a friend's satellite station a few months ago.  It would
be very nice.  I also need to add other non-computer components
to this portable setup to make my life (and those hearing me on the
SSB birds) a little easier: tripod for the Yagi instead of holding it
with one hand while working the mic/CW paddle/radios with the
other hand, preamp to help with AO-7 and DO-64 passes that are
not above 30-40 degrees elevation (I can hear the downlink OK on
higher DO-64 passes), and maybe a headset/mic so I'm not
holding the mic while on the birds.

73 from the desert!


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