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



Art,

I have an Icom 820H, and I see your problems!
I use HAM Radio Deluxe and use it to control my FT-857
HRD is pretty nice and it is FREE! http://www.hb9drv.ch/

Happy Hunting!

73, Scott


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "KC6UQH" <kc6uqh@cox.net>
To: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>; <amsat-bb@amsat.org>; 
<drmmckaugh@earthlink.net>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] 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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