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RE: Features in FT-847 replacement



Here is my $.02 worth on what else a new rig should include.

1. IF DSP
2. Spectrum display
3. Computer interface (USB not serial)
4. Add other Microwave modules (5 GHz for example)
5. Interface for Digital modes (RTTY, PSK, and others)


John Klim
N3KHK
AMSAT LM



 -----Original Message-----
From: 	owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org]  On Behalf
Of John Geiger
Sent:	Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:38 AM
To:	Steve Meuse; Alan Biddle WA4SCA
Cc:	amsat-bb@amsat.org; nh6cj
Subject:	Re: [amsat-bb] Features in FT-847 replacement

This might be a good time to start letting Yaesu know what features we would
like to see in their replacement VHF/UHF/SAT radio.  How about:

1. Optional modules for 222, 902,  and 2.4G.  I know, 222 and 902 have a
limited use area, but how much can the module really cost to make.

2. Cover 10m/6m/2m/70cm/23cm as standard.  Full HF would be nice, but make
it better than what the 847 did.  10 meters would at least cover the current
and proposed satellite modes.

3. 100 watts on 6/2/70cm with 25 watts on 1.2g.

4. Built in SWR meter, voice keyer, CW memory keyer, TCXO and AM/FM
subreceiver (like the TS2000) with crossband repeat capability.

5. Ability to send 12 volts up any one of the coax lines to power mast
mounted preamps.

6. The ability to select, via menus, which bands go with which coax jacks.
If you have a dual band 2/70 antenna, it would be nice to put both bands on
the same coax jack, etc.  The 817 is able to do this in a crude way.

7. Most would like a built in TNC.  I have no interest in packet, so I can't
really comment on what is needed for that.

What would such a radio cost?  Who knows?  But remember, the FT847 sold for
$1800 when it first came out, and the Kenwood TS2000 originally sold for
$2200, and those prices didn't hurt the market for them.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Meuse" <smeuse@mara.org>
To: "Alan Biddle WA4SCA" <WA4SCA@amsat.org>
Cc: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 3:56 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FT-847 discontinued?


> Alan Biddle WA4SCA expunged (WA4SCA@amsat.org):
>
> > Nate,
> >
> > I would be happy if the hypothetical replacement rig had the necessary
> > separate RX and TX connections to install transverters.  Of course there
are
> > mods which allow you to do that with the FT-847, but it would be nice
not to
> > have a bunch of extra coax leads hanging out the back.  ;)
>
> You don't need seperate TX/RX ports for using a transverter.
>
> Most modern transverters have a common IF, or at least the option for a
common IF. DEMI has other options for those who don't want to get into doing
the figgly wiring bits.
>
>
> -Steve
> N1JFU
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