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Author Topic: Satellite rig suggestions.  (Read 1263 times)
KK6LKY
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« on: May 21, 2019, 01:58:25 PM »

I have been licensed since the 70's.
Was inactive for many years and recently got back into it.
I am in an HOA with a small property.
I have put up a stealth 20m/40m fan dipole along the side of the house and have a co-linear on VHF/UHF.
On HF I have a K1 for QRP CW only.
Given that my HF operation is going to be severely limited by my antennae I figured that I should look more into all mode satellite operation.
Is mode A still a thing? If not then should I be looking at a dedicated all mode VHF/UHF rig?

I see that the TS2000 is getting a bit long in the tooth and the other rig currently being spoken about is the FT-991A.
I have been offered a TS590 at a very good price but all that does is give me much better HF performance but still with only a dual band dipole setup and nothing more on VHF/UHF.

Any input appreciated.
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K6LCS
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2019, 11:01:43 AM »

This page will show you which satellites are active ... and you can click on the sat to get more info ...

https://www.amsat.org/status/

And for “refresher” info for working the SSB birds ... although you probably know most of the info provided here ...

http://www.work-sat.com/SSB_CITES.html

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2019, 04:46:22 PM »

I have been licensed since the 70's.
Was inactive for many years and recently got back into it.
I am in an HOA with a small property.
I have put up a stealth 20m/40m fan dipole along the side of the house and have a co-linear on VHF/UHF.
On HF I have a K1 for QRP CW only.
Given that my HF operation is going to be severely limited by my antennae I figured that I should look more into all mode satellite operation.
Is mode A still a thing? If not then should I be looking at a dedicated all mode VHF/UHF rig?

I see that the TS2000 is getting a bit long in the tooth and the other rig currently being spoken about is the FT-991A.
I have been offered a TS590 at a very good price but all that does is give me much better HF performance but still with only a dual band dipole setup and nothing more on VHF/UHF.

Any input appreciated.

If you want a satellite-ready transceiver for all-mode operations the FT-991A is not a good choice by itself. Add an all-mode receiver, and then you'd have a viable option. Using a software-defined receiver is one option that could go with an FT-991A. I have also used the all-mode receiver in my Kenwood TH-D74 to receive the SSB/CW downlinks, another option.

As for radios currently in production that support full-duplex satellite operation, Icom has two options - the IC-9100, and the new IC-9700. The TS-2000 was discontinued by Kenwood. There are many examples of satellite-ready transceivers that have been made over the years, if you aren't opposed to using an older radio.

I normally use two Yaesu FT-817s for my all-mode satellite station. Small, self-contained, and with a directional antenna a good 5W station. Some prefer using a radio like an FT-857 or FT-991A to have more transmit power. When working the satellites in SSB, you probably won't need to run full power from the larger radios. Sometimes I use a different radio as my receiver - a Kenwood TH-D74, or a software-defined receiver (I like the SDRplay receivers, and also the FUNcube Dongle Pro+).

73!
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