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

n3tl@bellsouth.net n3tl at bellsouth.net
Sat Jan 31 10:24:14 PST 2009

Jeff and all,

I wish the VX-8R was full-duplex-capable, but it is not - that information coming directly from Yaesu. It appears to me very similar to my VX-7R with the following major advantages (at least, to me they are advantages):

1 - Higher transmit power on 220. The VX-7R maximum output on 220 is 300 mW.

2 - The ability to provide GPS. This is a great feature for those of us who enjoy making griDXpeditions.

3 - The earphone jack. I wish the VX-7R had a separate earphone jack.

What I REALLY wish is that Yaesu and all the other manufacturers would return at least one model to market - per brand - that was full-duplex-capable.

73 to all,

Tim - N3TL
Athens, Ga. -EM84ha
-------------- Original message from "jeff kb2m" <kb2m at comcast.net>: -------------- 

> I think the new Yaesu VX8r is full duplex. I recently purchased one, but 
> haven't had a chance to get on the FM voice sats with it yet, to see how 
> well it works. It does run APRS well with it's add-on GPS, I did get it to 
> digi via ISS. I can't wait for it to get warm, so I can do some more stuff 
> outside! 
> 73 Jeff kb2m 
> >> > 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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