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



So what are the problems with the Icom 820, other than
trying to use it on packet satellites at 9600?  That
is the only 1 I saw mentioned in the QST review.

73s John NE0P

--- Scott Avery WA6LIE <wa6lie@msn.com> wrote:

> 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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