[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-857D

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Fri Jan 22 20:38:17 UTC 2016


I have a similar situation - I live in an apartment building here in
Washington, DC, and when I wanted to get on the satellites, I had to
figure out how to do it where it wouldn't take any time to setup and
take down a station between passes. I now have a large DSLR camera bag
fitted with shoulder straps carrying 2 Yaesu FT-817s, preamps, a voice
recorder, Two MFJ diplexers for filtering on both transmit and
receive, a Microset VUR-30 amplifier, and a 5100 mAh 3S LiPo battery
to power the amplifier. This gives me a satellite station capable of
20-25 watts output that is completely carryable. When I want to work a
pass, I just grab the bag, put it over my shoulders, grab the Arrow
and step out onto the balcony or head outside. In the absence of
obstructions, this station is capable of working any LEO satellite
horizon to horizon.


Paul, N8HM

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 3:12 PM, Douglas Tabor <dtabor at estesvalley.net> wrote:
> Sure makes me want to have a fixed location station, but
> given the condo life and that I’m effectively roving from
> my deck or my driveway (as well as the fun places I get to
> travel to, my 3 part (FT-530, Arrow and Peltor headset)
> full-duplex station is just what I need.
> When I figure out how to make the borrowed Flex-5000
> work at home, I’ll go linear - or if I win the PowerBall.
> [Hardest part is using a SDR computer in outside in the
> sun.]
> 73,
> Doug, N6UA
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