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Re: AMSAT-BB Digest, Vol 2, Issue 679




> The FM birds will require more than 5 watts to get thru all the QRM.

Not at all. In fact, lots of folks make QSOs on their HT and ALH-800 antenna 
every day. I made 2 yesterday morning with W7JPI and KG7EZ, with just such a 
setup.

What is ten times more important than your power output is the ability to 
work full duplex, especially when it's crowded. The 817 and 897 neither will 
do this, so consider adding a 2nd receiver of just about any sort to work 
the birds like a pro.

Good Luck,
Drew KO4MA 

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