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RE: Handheld for Echo and FM Sats?




Darrell,
APRS is a ton of fun on Earth... the Satellite work is extra fun for free.
The cables are not hard to come by... check out
www.blue-hills-innovations.com .
The D7 price has fallen quite a bit since I bought mine the first day they
were available. Also, I would not be without the Arrow antenna. Very good
workmanship and good value. My first EasySat Q's were with the Arrow and a
Yaesu FT-50R on AO-27 and UO-14, but the 9k6 packet stuff is gonna force me
to dig out the old D7.

73,
Mac, W8XF

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From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
Behalf Of Darrell Bellerive
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 2:02 PM
To: Gary Persons
Cc: Allen F. Mattis; amsat-bb
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Handheld for Echo and FM Sats?


>From the reviews I've read on eham, it looks like the Icom W32A is a
great radio. I was also thinking about a used Yaesu FT-470 or 530. There
is a big cost difference to the TH-D7 when you add in the cables for the
GPS and PC.

I need to do more research into APRS and AO-51, to see if I would use
the data modes enough to justify the increased costs.

Darrell

On Wed, 2004-07-07 at 10:40, Gary Persons wrote:
> If you want to work the digital and voice side of AO51 with a HT, then the
> Kenwood THD7a is the only way to go. If you are just interested in the
> voice side, then I would highly recommend the Icom W32A. I have both and
> the Icom is much more "user" friendly for satellite work. The D7 works
> great for the digital side. This is not to say that the Icom, with an
> external TNC won't work. The advantage of the Kenwood D7 is the fact that
> is it totally self contained for digital work. No external gadgets except
a
> computer are needed.
> Kinda of like the Ford, Chevy thing.
>
> 73
>
> kd5day
> Gary
>
>
> At 11:10 AM 7/7/2004, Darrell Bellerive wrote:
> >So far I have not seen anything negative about the Arrow antenna. Seems
> >to get great reviews.
> >
> >I don't do much repeater or FM simplex operating. In fact my VX-1R has
> >spent most of it's life in a drawer. In addition to the FM birds, I
> >would like to have a higher power handheld for use in emergencies, and
> >the combination of higher power and the Arrow antenna seem ideal for
> >hitting repeaters from the back country.
> >
> >The big question in my mind now is whether or not I will use the data
> >communications capabilities of the TH-D7.
> >
> >Darrell
> >VE7CLA
> >
> >
> >On Wed, 2004-07-07 at 04:51, Allen F. Mattis wrote:
> > > The Icom W32A HT is also a good one for working the FM analog birds,
> > > however, it does not the built in digital capability of the TH-D7.
The
> > > Premier (Pryme) AL800 telescoping antenna also works in a pinch, but
is
> > not
> > > nearly as good as the Arrow.
> > >
> > > See my satellite web page
> > > www.qsl.net/n5afv
> > >
> > > Allen N5AFV
> > > Houston, TX
> >
> >
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