[amsat-bb] Re: Newbie needs advice on which transceiver to get

Alan wa4sca at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 05:07:57 PDT 2013

Hi Oscar,  


Any of those should work fine, and you should include the Kenwood TS-2000 in your search list.  It is
still in production, and well thought of, though like nearly every other rig it does have a few

The FT-847 is still a great rig, and is usually snapped up whenever a good used one becomes available.
The first batch had "write only" CAT control, with all of the following ones having bidirectional
capability which is needed for modern control programs such as SatPC32.  Many of the first ones where
modified, but if you consider one, make certain it has the update.  

Note that you can use two regular rigs together to form a satellite station.  Some people find a good
eBay or flea market rig as a second unit.  Again, programs like SatPC32 will work with this
combination and make it look like a single rig.  For instance, our Dayton Hamvention demo station uses
two FT-817s.




-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Oscar Ortega
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2013 6:52 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Newbie needs advice on which transceiver to get


 I recently got interested in trying satellite communications. I bought an Arrow antenna and I am
which transceiver to get. So far I have found the FT-847, IC-910h and IC-9100. 

The FT-847 scares me since it is a bit old, however I have heard it is very good for satellite and

 Any advice would be appreciated!!

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