[amsat-bb] cheap radio

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Fri Mar 18 19:25:28 UTC 2016

Hi Bob!

Depending on the quality control on the assembly line when that radio
was made, it could be useful for semi- or half-duplex FM satellite
work. Use two of them, and you could work FM satellites full-duplex.
The unfortunate part with most of the Chinese-made HTs is the lack
of consistentcy in their performance. Some will have good receivers
and clean transmitters, where others aren't so good - and that is
within the same make and model number.

With all of that said, I have used pairs of Baofeng HTs to work FM
satellites. They can work, but other radios generally have better
receivers that can handle the weak satellite downlinks. I have not
tried any of my Baofengs (UV-5R or UV-82) with AO-85, but I have
previously written about using some of those other radios with AO-85


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On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 5:42 PM, Bob- W7LRD <w7lrd at comcast.net> wrote:

> found this on Ebay-Patrick will know if it works well on satellites. I got
> one just because it's so cheap.
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/111917016904?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
> 73 Bob w7LRD

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