[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-847 as a satellite rig?

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 23:17:07 UTC 2014

Hi folks,

My HF transceiver, and ageing Yaesu FT767GX, is slowly dieing. After 22 
years in my service (and a few more with the prior owners), the memory 
battery has failed.  The rig still works, but gets a factory reset 
whenever turned off.  Annoying.

I have an opportunity to pick up a clean Kenwood TS-870-AT, which I 
expect would make for a fine replacement, but I've always thought that 
the Yaesu FT-847 would be a better choice.  My current satellite rig is 
a Yaesu FT-736R, which I really like.

As a satellite rig, is the 847 significantly better than the 736R? Does 
it have any annoying "personallity" traits (e.g. Kenwood TS-2000's 
148.800 birdie)?

Before I pass up the Kenwood 870 (and while there's a Yaseu 847 on 
eBay...), should I jump on one or the other, or muddle along with what I 
have until something better turns up?


Greg  KO6TH

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