[amsat-bb] Re: Compatible Radios

n3tl@bellsouth.net n3tl at bellsouth.net
Fri Dec 5 12:03:59 PST 2008


How much output power are you looking for on 2 meters? 

Although it WILL duplicate your 471 (inasmuchas it's HF/6m/2m/70cm), if you want something more than QRP power levels, I'll recommend Yaesu's FT-857D because I own and use one, and love it. It peaks at 50 watts on 2 meters, 20 watts out on 70 cm. Since putting together my own 2-radio full duplex station, I've been routinely transmitting on it and listening on an FT-817ND. I have a second 817, and so can assemble a fully portable low-power all-mode satellite station. 

Others may disagree, but my experiences suggest you wouldn't be disappointed with an 857. I bought mine used at a very fair price, and it's fully functional with no problems I've yet discovered on the satellites or HF.

I hope this helps. Best of luck in putting your station together.


Tim - N3TL
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-------------- Original message from "Dave" <dave at mynatt.biz>: -------------- 

Hi group, I decided after listening to the group that two radios for my sat station is the way to go. I have a IC-471 on the horizon but can't find a 
> IC-271/275. 
> I was wondering if there was a good substitute? Is there a Yaesu, Kenwood, another ICOM, or Alinco that will do the same multimode with CAT that will compliment but not duplicate the 471? I have some research about this and that 
> radio, but 
> Thank you, and I really appreciate all the help from the experts. 
> Dave Mynatt 
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