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Re: Comparing sat rigs



I have a FT736 and a FT-847 which is now my primary satellite rig.  After
about five years in a Caribbean climate the 736 developed significant
rusting of the internal very thin steel chassis components.  For that reason
I relagated it to secondary status at our summer cottage in Wisconsin.  It
always worked fine.  The 847 is enjoyable to use and does all I would like.
The only significant shortcoming is lack of a cw monitor in that mode on
satellite operation.  You need an external keyer for ao40.

I also had an ICOM 821H.  After 2 years and sending it back to ICOM 5 times
with it being returned DOA twice and $600 in shipping and repair charges it
now resides in the dumpster or probably landfill.  They couldn't make it
work and I am reluctant to buy any more ICOM products.

Mal, NP2L
----- Original Message -----
From: John Geiger <johngeig@yahoo.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2003 1:22 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Comparing sat rigs


> To follow up on Jim's, W5SSG, post comparing the FT847
> to the Icom 910H, I would also like to know how the
> Kenwood TS790, Yaesu FT736R and Yaesu FT726 compare in
> the realm of things.  In my opinion, the FT736 is the
> best VHF rig built so far because of the 222 and 1296
> capability.  Made big mistake in selling mine.  Also
> thought that the FT726 was interesting with the HF
> module to use for RS birds, and for when there were no
> satellites in view.  So, how do the following compare
> to each other:
>
> FT847
> FT736
> FT726
> TS790
> IC910
>
> Also wonder if best satellite rig would not be an Icom
> 275H and Icom 475H with the interface box.  Anyone
> ever run that combo?
>
> 73s John NE0P
>
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