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Re: Opinion regarding satellite radios

Nate Duehr wrote:
> I think what you meant to say is... "only little old ITU Region 2 has  
> that band".  Canada, Mexico... etc...

I guess so but I would suspect that the USA has the majority of the 
amateurs in Region 2.
I suppose my gripe is that too many Americans appear to believe that the 
USA is the centre of the universe and the rest of the world should cater 
for their needs.
If there really is demand for a VHF/UHF multimode satellite capable 
radio with 220 and 1296 then there are several American manufacturers 
(TenTec, Elecraft for example) perfectly capable of the task. They 
obviously don't see it as a viable product.

> Yeah, yeah... so they can build modules for the bands you guys have  
> that WE don't, too.  (GRIN)
Band modules are a great idea.
It's a pity more rigs don't  come with bays for plug in transverters but 
it leads to a larger chassis that many wouldn't need or be prepared to 
pay for.
Tektronix have made 'scopes for centuries with plug in modules so it's 
hardly a new idea. The Ft-736 had transverters but it needs to be a 
front panel plug in to allow for easy selection of facilities.

Nigel A. Gunn. 59 Beadlemead, Milton Keynes, MK6 4HF, England. 
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