[amsat-bb] Best HT for satellite operation?

Dani EA4GPZ daniel at destevez.net
Fri Mar 24 11:00:09 UTC 2017

El 22/03/17 a las 19:07, Ken M escribió:
> Hello all, The suggestions in this thread omitted some current Yaesu 
> models, specifically th VX-8DR, FT-1XDR and FT-2DR. Are these not viable 
> in-production options, in addition to the Kenwood TH-D72? Or were they 
> omitted from the earlier suggestions because perhaps they don't offer 
> built-in TNC capability? They claim to offer dual-band 
> simultaneous-receive capability at least.

Hi Ken,

I use a FT-2DR as TX for FM satellites. It has simultaneous receive, but
it can't TX and RX simultaneously, so you would need a second radio to
do full-duplex.

For me the FT-2DR works fine, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're
picking an HT for satellite use only (because it's expensive and most of
the extra features are useless for satellite). Also, the VFO can only be
tuned in 5kHz or 12.5kHz steps, which is a bit inconvenient (no 2.5kHz


Dani EA4GPZ.

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