[amsat-bb] Modern Equipment Matrix

Clint Bradford clintbradford at mac.com
Fri Mar 20 01:13:37 UTC 2015

For portable work on the FM birds, there are some wonderful, long-discontinued 
full-duplex HTs that many are using, like the early models of the Icom IC-W32a, 
Kenwood TH-D7 and TH-D79, and Yaesu’s FT-470/FT-51/FT-530 models.

The only currently manufactured HT that works well in U/V and V/U mode is the 
Kenwood TH-D72a - at about US$450.

For the FM voice LEOs (as well as the ISS packet and SSTV), many are using 
their "primary" HT, and purchasing a less-expensive rig for receive - in order to 
work full duplex.

Heck, two Yaesu FT-60R radios PLUS an Arrow Sat antenna cost the same at 
the TH-D72a all by itself ... (grin).

Clint Bradford K6LCS

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