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Re: FT-847 scuttlebut



Hi Ed...

The last time I checked, the FT-817 portable wasn't available yet.  Have you
gotten one or are you describing the sorts of things you plan to do when you
get one.

If you are, in fact, using an -817, perhaps you could tell us a little more
about it.  How is the battery life?  Is the built in or portable antenna
it's supposed to have any good?  Did it work properly "out of the box?"  Any
design flaws?

73,
Frank
wb2bxo@amsat.org

----- Original Message -----
From: Edward R. Cole <al7eb@ptialaska.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 6:01 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] FT-847 scuttlebut


> I have had my FT-847 over two years, and except for the early production
> problem with DSP self-oscillation which they repaired under warranty, I
> have found the radio to my liking.
>
> In fact so much, that I decided to purchase its little brother the FT-817
> for mobile/portable and "take-on-the-airplane-with-me" use!  I especially
> like that it has wbfm which I will able to use on microwave, and the agc
> may be turned off which is a help for any radioastronomy/SETI operation.
I
> was looking at a dual-band HT, but this will do so much more and fairly
> small.  Add a TNC/GPS/Arrow and it looks like its all there.  Even has VOX
> and a keyer built-in.  But it does not replace the FT-847!
>
> Being into satellite, eme, and tropo on 6m-2m-432-1296-10,368, I
definitely
> have a bunch of exterior coax swiches and multi-port relays.  They could
> never be properly incorporated into the "box".
>
> Not having any other DSP experience to compare, I have found the DSP quite
> useful for very weak signal situations [use 100 Hz for eme-cw].  The
> adjustable bw filter on 2m-ssb is also helpful.  I normally leave the
noise
> filter on for all ssb/cw ops including HF.
>
> I wish the NB was better for line noise.
>
> For soundcard connection, I use the fixed audio available at the DATA
jack.
>  Works fine for psk-31 and FFTDSP.  Will let you know how it works for the
> French PSKDEM sw.
>
> Ed
>
> >I have had an 847 for a while now, and truly love the rig.  There are a
few
> >features though, that I think they could improve on.
> >
> >1)   The DSP that is built into the rig I've found to be almost
> >worthless.  Maybe I'm not using it correctly, however, I definately don't
> >like it.
> >2)   The all in one concept is wonderful, however I'd like to see an
> >external module that would allow switching of antennas.  For instance,
> >because of the versatility of this radio, you have to have oscar
antennas,
> >horizontal antennas, and vertical antennas.  3 Antennas, per port.  I'd
> >love to see something that I could run my 4 outputs to this box, and then
> >select based on my mode of operation.  I could see if it were just an HF
> >rig, putting an antenna switch in line, but 4 of them?  Give me something
> >nice looking.
> >3)  An audio output that is more of just a "Line Out".  Not just a spkr
> >jack.  I have been playing with digital modes and generally end up using
> >the headphone jack to connect it to my computer.  Because of the extreme
> >bass that my computer speakers generate, it's almost unbearable to listen
> >through the computer.
> >
> >Just my thoughts.
> >
> >Dave
> >
> >At 09:48 AM 12/7/2000 -0500, you wrote:
> >>I sold some of my other radios and have raised enough cash
> >>to buy a new Yaesu FT-847.  The price is drifting down with
> >>the AES now at $1399.99. Its still the best buy considering
> >>the new Icom and Kenwood satellite rigs are in the 2 G$
> >>range. The question is, will Yaesu release an updated
> >>version of the 847 soon to compete with these new rigs? If
> >>that were the case I would hold off on my purchase for a
> >>month or so. There isn't much that they can really improve
> >>without substantially raising the price. On the other hand
> >>there are some minor improvements such as VOX that would be
> >>useful. Has anyone heard any scuttlebut on any new Yaesu
> >>satellite hardware?
> >>
> >>Jack K2BMI
> >>
> >>
> >>
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