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



I too have an 820 and its a fine sat rig  but it is a bit hard to get 
used to. I use my IC 910 all the time now and keep it as a back up rig. 
I have the Japanese  local model the 820 D  which has the display from 
the 821  so maybe its a bit different to other 820A's
Cheers
Keith

Emily Clarke wrote:

> Hi John,
>
> There is probably nothing intrinsically wrong with the 820 as a radio, 
> but if you read the QST review of it, and then read the review of the 
> 821, you get the feeling that the satellite functionality on the 820 
> was somewhat flawed and that they made many changes on the 821 to 
> compensate for it.  The one thing that my (old) fingers would object 
> would be the requirement of having to press and hold a button to 
> adjust main/sub band tuning.
>
> 73,
>
> Emily
>
>
>
>
>
> At 10:29 PM 1/21/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>
>> 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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