[amsat-bb] Best Full Duplex Mobile FM Rig for Satellite Work?

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Sun Sep 8 15:02:25 PDT 2013

Even though we have only one FM bird active at the moment (two if you 
could ISS), I'd still like to get a good performing FM duplex 
transceiver for the truck, along with a good magnet mount antenna to use 
while in motion. My reasons for this are many but briefly:

1.) Can't invest in a full blown satellite transceiver for the mobile 
right now.
2.) Want to be able to work high elevation passes without the need to 
drag out anything or even stop.
3.) Have a work related road trip coming up that will take us from 
Alabama to Washington, DC, then on to Chicago, Phoenix, and finally Salt 
Lake City. This should take me through a lot of grids. While I hope to 
pack along the Arrow Antenna and a FT-857D/FT-817ND combo, I won't be 
able to stop for the majority of passes.

A good mobile duplex FM rig would insure that I make at least the 
majority of SO-50 passes during the three week trip.

Suggestions on either rig or antennas?


Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114

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