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Re: Best HT's for sats?



Andrew,

Can the FT-530 and/or FT-470 work cross-band in
non-duplex mode?  I had an IC-W2A (predecessor to the
IC-W32A) and it worked great for full duplex sat
operation, but only in full duplex.  That is, there
was no way to turn the 70cm off while transmitting on
2m, so it could only be used with headphones.  Granted
that this is the best way to operate the sats, but
sometimes headphones are unavailable or impractical,
so I'd like to at least have the option of working the
sats in non-duplex with the speaker.

One thing to look out for if, like me, you are
interested in a 5 watt HT.  Many HTs that are
advertised as "5 watt" will only produce 5 watts if
connected to an external 13v p/s or a special battery,
with the supplied battery giving much less output.

73, Bill NZ5N
--- Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner@mindspring.com>
wrote:

> 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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