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



John,
The main band has IF Shift, Rit, ANL,and a well calibrated S meter, analog
type. A truly great receiver, but you can only transmit on the main band,
and the sub band has none of those features. You get your choice of speech
compressor or power reduction, but only one level of power reduction. The
Rit control only coverers +/- 2 KHz on SSB but 5 KHz on FM. One expects +/-
12 KHz Doppler on 70cm. This Rig only works on 2M and 70 cm. It has lots of
features like scan, memories, satellite offsets, CTCSS Tones FM Duplex
operation and  power for preamp on coax during receive. Only one tunning
knob and you must shift from sub to main band. Audio and Squelch controls
switch when you swap main and sub bands, so you get to turn one down and the
other up to use the main band features.

Art
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Geiger" <johngeig@yahoo.com>
To: "Scott Avery WA6LIE" <wa6lie@msn.com>; "Robert Bruninga"
<bruninga@usna.edu>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>; <drmmckaugh@earthlink.net>;
"KC6UQH" <kc6uqh@cox.net>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 10:29 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] 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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