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RE: Newbie and equipment



Popular is not always going to be cheap. Probably the cheapest way to go is to try and find used separate 2 meter and 70cm rigs.  I recently saw a Kenwood TR9130 listed for $85.  This does 25 watts on 2 meter SSB, CW and FM.  It did not have the tone encoder, so that is something else to consider if you want to do AO51 and SO50, since they both require tone encode.

And Memphis Amateur Supply currently has a used Kenwood TR851A listed for $295, which is a steal.  That is an excellent 70cm all mode rig which does 25 watts out.  You can probably find cheaper 70cm all mode radios, but the earlier models had a tendency to be deaf.

Getting a used 275H and 475H will cost more than getting a used 910H or FT847, since these radios have held their value very well.  I did see a used Icom 820H listed for $550 which is a pretty good deal in a satellite transceiver.

And you can generally find used Yaesu FT726 going for $400 or so with the 70cm board and the satellite board installed.  This rig only does 10 watts, though, so you will need an amp for 2 meters for Mode A and J, and a 70cm amp for Mode B on AO7.  You should be able to get into VO52 OK on 10 watts.

If you just want to try out the satellites first, there are plenty of dual band FM rigs which will get you on the FM sats for much less than going all mode.

73s John NE0P


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Paul Proefrock" <paul@proefrock.net>
Date:  Wed, 15 Feb 2006 13:07:27 -0600

>I am new to satellites and trying to figure out which equipment
>configuration is going to be the most cost effective. I am aware of the
>Yaesu FT-847 and the Icom 910H. Big bucks but nice machines.
>
> 
>
>Are there lesser configurations that will work equally well? If the goal is
>to be able to operate on 2m/70cm, SSB, CW & FM and full duplex, what
>machines are others using? Are there any disadvantage to your suggested
>configuration? (ie, no computer control)
>
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>
>I am hoping to start a thread that reports "I use a Yaesu FT-736" or " I use
>separate machines, Icom 275 and 475" 
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> 
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>Once we figure out which machines are most popular, then I'll tackle the
>antenna questions.
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>Thanks in advance for your help - hopefully you can help me avoid purchasing
>something that I regret 3 months later. 
>
> 
>
>Paul P
>
>K0PRP
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