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Re: Comparing rigs TS-2000 vs FT-897D



Hi all,
I purchased a very clean IC-820 H for $ 500.00 . It works very well, but it
is also a testimonial to the total ignorance of  satellite operations by the
Icom engineering staff. I haven't heard a lot of good things about other
rigs, birdies at 436.000 and problems invoking CTCSS tones in the satellite
mode. This makes me think Icom's disease has been transferred to other
Amateur Radio Manufactures in Japan.
I am finally able to use it by working everything in the manual mode, but
just put it in the satellite mode and watch the air turn blue! I just wish
it had two frequency knobs.
This is the last time I will buy a radio with out operating it first on all
modes before purchase. I recommend that anyone purchasing a radio today do a
full checkout on the air before purchase. You can no longer trust the
engineering staff of big name companies to do a decent job of designing a
radio.
Most foreign companies never did a good job of writing an operators manual
either. Some are better understood than others, also the size of controls,
and  are they intuivitely obvious. These are decisions that must be made on
an individual basis, as we all think in different ways.

Art, KC6UQH



Original Message -----
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>; <drmmckaugh@earthlink.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 6:47 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Comparing rigs TS-2000 vs FT-897D


> > I have begun comparing radios for a potential trip to some
> >isolated locations in Alaska this summer.  I am interested
> >in what some of you might think.  Portability is an issue...
>
> Only one answer there.
> The Kenwood TH-D7 dual band HT with built-in
> TNC and APRS.  When PCsat, or ISS passes over
> you can send your posit and status and any Emails
> from your HT with its rubber duck*.
>
> Your friends can then see you on:
>
> http://www.ariss.net
>
> And they can communicate with you via the global APRS
> system when you are in range of a terrestrial APRS
> digipeater.
>
> The radio is also perfect for ECHO, SO-50 and other FM
> satellites.  Also PCSAT2 will be on orbit then further
> improving your digital communications needs.
>
> * Of course a 19" whip on the HT is best for SATCOMS...
>
> ARGH!  Now I see you limited the discussion to only the
> TS-2000 or FT-897D.  Well with the cost of those radios
> you should still carry the HT (you wont even notice its
> cost compared to the other two)...
>
> This way you can work the packet satellites without
> having to boot up the PC each time.  The HT is totally
> self contained global APRS communicator...
>
> de Wb4APR, Bob
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