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Re: Best HT's for sats?




On Apr 3, 2008, at 5:11 PM, Bill Dzurilla wrote:
> I've made many sat contacts with my VX-2R but am
> thinking about upgrading to something with 5 watts
> output.  I used a borrowed IC-W32A and Swan Island and
> it worked fine, although I could not hear my downlink
> in full duplex mode, too much desensing.  Not sure
> full duplex is even worth the extra money, as it seems
> that most duplex HTs have a similar desensing problem.
>
> I was thinking about trading in the VX-2R for an FT-60
> or a VX-6R, any comments on these or other
> sat-friendly HTs?
>
> 73, Bill NZ5N

I've been using a TH-D7A and an Arrow antenna.  Works
great, no problem with desense, and it's fun to use
the APRS stuff to bounce packets off ISS, Go-32 and NO-44.
It's not the most glamorous, but it works very well for
satellites, and I have no hesitation in recommending it
for that.

I find the full-duplex to be really useful.  I put a
splitter on the sound output, and run half to some
cheap earbuds and the other to a voice recorder.  That
way, I can record both my voice and others without
difficulty.  Scan back through my blog @ http://brainwagon.org
for example mp3s.

	Mark KF6KYI

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