[amsat-bb] Re: My First Satellite Contacts

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Tue May 17 22:34:43 PDT 2011


> I hear that comment about the linear satellites, "costing a lot".
>  For years I ran a couple of single band all mode transceivers.
>  Probably 20 years old and you have to adjust for doppler
> correction with that big knob.  However they work quite well
> and can be had for the cost of a "bell and whistle" hand held.
>  Hamfests, ebay they're all over the place.

Or look for the all-mode HF/VHF/UHF radios at swapmeets and
online, and get a pair for your satellite station.  There are radios
out there that won't break the bank.  Yes, more than a dual-band
FM HT or mobile radio, but not a whole lot more.  Even going
back 15 years to a radio like an IC-706Mk2, you would have the
option of computer control using software like SatPC32 or
possibly HRD (among others).

I'm using a portable all-mode satellite station - normally two
FT-817NDs, sometimes one FT-817ND with a Kenwood TH-F6A
(TH-F7 outside the Americas - this HT has an all-mode receiver
from HF up to 70cm), always with an Elk 2m/70cm log periodic.
Other than the antenna and some accessories deemed unsafe
for carry-on luggage on aircraft, my station fits in an old laptop
bag and goes where I go.  The 817s could be controlled by
software, but I spin the "big knob" on each radio as I work
stations instead of also setting up a computer to run the radios.
You don't need a lot of power to work SSB, just as many work
FM satellites with HTs.

Good luck, and 73!

Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK (soon to be VK/WD9EWK)

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