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Re: Best HT's for sats?



The Kenwood D7 is the only full duplex still sold new AFAIK and it is a fine 
rig with no desense. If you can find a Yaesu FT-530, it is really good for 
FM satellite use, especially because of the subband tune function. Never had 
any desense on the two 530s I've had either. FT-470 ain't half bad either, 
and I've picked a few up for $100 used in the recent past.

Full duplex is the best way to go, and once you hear the difference, and 
learn to use it to benefit with an antenna like the arrow, you'll wonder why 
you ever doubted needing it.

73, Drew KO4MA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ronald Nutter" <rnutter@networkref.com>
To: "Bill Dzurilla" <billdz.geo@yahoo.com>
Cc: <fm-satellite@yahoogroups.com>; <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 8:58 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Best HT's for sats?


>I dont know of any handheld that is full duplex.  You might have to use
> 2 handhelds and a filter on the uhf downlink to cut down the desensing
> depending on how close the antennas are.
>
> Ron
> KA4KYI
>
> 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
>>
>>
>> 
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