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Re: FT-817 (Re:FT-847 scuttlebut)



Thanks Yoshi!  It sounds like limited battery life is the biggest problem
with the radio for general VHF/H.F. users.  That's not surprising.  Perhaps
some third party vendors will come up with good solutions, other than
carrying heavy gel-cells with the radio.

Of interest to the satellite buffs here, its potential for satellite work
sounds relatively limited, too, but that too may eventually be fixed by
clever mods or upgrades.  -- Frank

----- Original Message -----
From: Yoshihiro Imaishi <imaishi@aa.mbn.or.jp>
To: AMSAT-bb <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2000 1:54 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] FT-817 (Re:FT-847 scuttlebut)


> Hello. This is Yoshi.
>
> At 2000/12/08 16:19:10 Frank Grossman wrote:
> > 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?
>
>   I bought and using it.
>
>   Battery life - I am using 8 of 1,000mAh Size-AA NiCd rechargeable
> cells. For only receiving, It will work 3 or 4 hours. I did not use
> it for HF portable operation yet, but maybe it will work 1 or 1.5 hours
> of normal operation. Size-AA alkaline cells will work but little bit
> more. It will not enough so we should have some external 12V battery
> for regular portable use.
>   FT-817 has no buit-in whip. It has 2 antenna connectors switchable,
> a BNC at front and a M at rear. The portable antenna (including in
> a set) is designed for 6m, 2m and 70cm. I usually use my FT-817 with
> external big antennas so I do not no well about this small whip.
>
>   I have a web page that describe my FT-817, but sorry it all written
> in *Japanese*. Maybe some photos will help your thinking.
>
> http://plaza16.mbn.or.jp/~palau/ham-ft817.html
>
>
> Yoshihiro Imaishi JF6BCC/KH2GR
> mailto:jf6bcc@jarl.com
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