[amsat-bb] Subject: Re: Financial arguments about full duplex

Edward R Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Wed Jun 29 20:26:21 UTC 2016

Having read Michael W4HIJ e-mail is humbling - but certainly a 
testament to his dedication to getting on hamsats.

I've been fortunate to own equipment able to work AO-10 (TS-180+432 
transverter plus IC-211), AO-40 (FT-847 plus stuff) and AO-27 with my 
FT-817/Arrow (not duplex).  Having extensive experience with the 
Heo's before using the FT-817 was certainly useful for working 
simplex.  It's doable with care, but so much nicer if one has duplex 
to monitor the downlink.  Using two Baefeng or equivalent brings the 
cost within range for most on FM-Leo's which predominate at present.

I have been retired six years on only social security income so 
sympathetic on the subject of costs.  Recently this has  improved for 
us so easier, now.  I recently considered radios for duplex-sat 
144/432 operation and was considering a FM dual-band mobile radio 
(new) but the cost after acquiring a couple accessories ran to 
$350.  That seemed a bit excessive for "just FM".  So I did a little 
looking around and found a used FT-736R for $550.  That gets me back 
into being able to run all the sats (again).  I already have my AO-40 
antennas and rotator so not having to spend on that makes is easier, 
for sure.

Also at nearly 72 years I'm not so interested in waving an Arrow 
outside (but still have the Arrow).

I have accumulated a lot of ham gear over the last 25-years (so cost 
has been spread out) but have more invested than most.  Fortunate to 
do that in my last years of employment (could not do it in the early 
years).  Michael is a real inspiration - you'll get there!

Lately in discussions with P4 group on designing the "new sat station".

73, Ed - KL7UW
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