[amsat-bb] Re: Optimum HT for FM satellite use?

n3tl@bellsouth.net n3tl at bellsouth.net
Sat Jan 31 08:43:26 PST 2009


No current-production HT radios from any manufacturer offer full duplex. Kenwood has discontinued the TH7-D, and Icom hasn't produced the IC-W32A for some time. I bought one of the Icoms used last sumer at the Huntsville, Ala., hamfest, and it does well. That being said, I continue to prefer the HT I started out with, which is a Yaesu VX-7R. Off list, I'll send you a PDF about working the satellites with an HT that you may find helpful.

Also, unless you have already bought an Arrow or intend to homebrew a dual-band yagi, you ought to check out the Elk 2m/440L5 log periodic. I prefer it over the Arrow I started out with, although others disagree with my preference (including K9CXM, who I see also has responded to your post).

I hope you come to enjoy working satellites with a handheld station as much as I. It's the most fun I've ever had in ham radio.


Tim - N3TL
Athens, Ga. - EM84ha

-------------- Original message from Gordon Bousman <nw7d.ham at gmail.com>: -------------- 

> I'm getting started in satellite work and interested in purchasing a 
> suitable HT for portable satellite use using an Arrow antenna. Wondering 
> what is considered to be an optimum HT especially considering ease of 
> managing the Doppler shift during a pass. I understand that the HT must be 
> full duplex capable and thus rules out some models. 
> Thanks, Gordon, NW7D 
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