I'm selling my trusty Yaesu FT-736R rig. This has been a great
satellite rig. The unit works fine, and is in good shape (but NOT
mint). It has been used but NOT abused. No major scratches or
blemishes on the front panel.
The price is $550, plus shipping. I take PayPal only (or cash if the
deal is local).
The FT-736r has the following features:
* Factory Standard 2m and 70cm modules ONLY
* AM/FM/SSB/CW modes
* 25 Watts on both bands
* Built-in AC power supply
* MH-1 Microphone (standard, with box)
* FTS-8 Tone board
* 9600-baud tap (to a new 1/8" plug on back, very professional, so you
know I didn't do it)
* CAT to RS-232 adapter included (non-Yaesu)
* Manual with schematics (used a bit, written in, but complete)
* Stack of information about the rig (9600-baud mods, CAT info).
* AC Power cord
* Includes Original box and Styrofoam packing
* Non-smoking home
The unit works great, but there are some minor issues which will NOT
* Keypad beeps were disabled (previous owner)
* Meter light-bulb is out
* 2" strip of Velcro on the side
* .75" rubber feet on the top
Pictures are available at: http://picasaweb.google.com/hartzell/FT736r
I would love to coordinate a hand-off in the San Francisco Bay Area
(south Bay). Or, shipping (via FedEx) will be around $45.
Contact me OFF LIST for more information: hartzell at gmail dot com
Reading this thread has been entertaining, particularly the discussion about
its importance. I am pleased, if also surprised, that there are writers and
editors that actually care that much about the accuracy of what they write
I have had a moderately long technical career, occasionally punctuated by
what I now view as futile attempts to get co-workers, most of whom were
supposedly well educated, to understand the meaning of the term "acronym".
The difficult, and most frustrating, part is in trying to communicate what
an acronym is not. COBOL is an acronym, but IBM and BLT are not. ( Since
most of the time I have tried to point out the distinction, the reaction
that I got was "serious don't care". )
With that as a back drop, I would speculate that since the term OSCAR was
coined during a rampant epidemic of the alphabet soup of both government and
industry, the term was created for its panache and the actual words for
which it would stand were finalized afterward. The strongest evidence that
I can bring forth is that it was a common practice at the time. If anyone
can tell the story as it happened, or even some of the unverifiable legends
of the time, I would enjoy hearing about it.
Sputnik certainly proved that amateurs could receive signal from a radio in
a man made satellite. The really great creative spark was suggesting that
one could be build, not by the military or a government agency...or even an
industrial corporation, but by amateurs, for amateur experimentation.
Eventually it had to lead to the need to name it. Amateur radio equipment
onboard a satellite. AREOS. Nothing to grab attention there. Satellite
with amateur radio - SWAR. Nope. Satellite carrying amateur radio --
SCAR. Better, but not a positive message.
However the name got to OSCAR, it was and still is a good name. Even so, I
am a bit troubled by the thought that the expanded name for the project
might not have been selected simply for the contraction to OSCAR. Suppose
that Orbital ( or perhaps Orbiting ) Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio was
really the name and OSCAR came later. What exactly would be the reason to
use the combined term "orbital satellite". A quick check of the dictionary
suggests to me that in the technical context, satellite is an object that is
in orbit. That being the case, why use the term "orbital satellite"? At
the time were there "non-orbital satellites" that needed to be distinguished
from the amateur radio variety? The dictionary doesn't help, what with all
of the different ways that the terms orbital, orbiting, and satellite are
used, one can concoct a lot of different concepts, none of which I can tie
into the basic concept, which in my mind needs not additional
It is only my opinion, but the term OSCAR has outgrown its roots as an
acronym. Consider the word "radar". It has been so ingrained into the
every day language of our society, even allowing for the dependence of
society on technology, that it is no longer recognized as an acronym.
Perhaps there are linguistic scholars that can trace its origins, but in the
language of today, the term radar has lost its distinction from other words.
So it is within the language of amateur radio. An OSCAR is a recognized
thing. The term OSCAR, though perhaps it is still capitalized, invokes
direct meaning rather than translation into the components that made up its
origin phrase. Perhaps it is a fitting tribute to those whose genius and
sweat built and operated OSCARs that the word has been accepted as a normal
part of the amateur radio lexicon.
My thanks to each of you, old timers and newcomers alike.
Only a "symbolic portion of cremated remains" are sent into space.
Looks like a few grams per "participant."
Fortunately, Celestic does offer a re-fly guarantee.
73, Armando N8IGJ
>Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 16:57:25 -0700
>From: Clint Bradford <clintbrad4d(a)earthlink.net>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] More than Sats Lost Last Week
>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed; delsp=yes
>Not only were three satellites lost in the SpaceX problem last week,
>but so were ashes of 208 people...
>Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359
Some Web sites state that OSCAR is an acronym for "Orbital Satellite
Carrying Amateur Radio."
Or is it "Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio?"
This is actually more important than it sounds...(grin)
Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359
I will be working AO-51 and AO-27 from EM18,EM28,EM38, and EM48
for the next few days as I do a project for the Forest Service. HT and a Arrow.
Most of the passes will be the PM passes. Please QSL to the MN address for contacts
I'm trying to set up my station's Doppler shift control. I have an
FT-847 and I've been working mostly with Satscape software because I
love the graphics display and ease of use. But getting it to accept
frequency changes thru the drop-down combo boxes (like changing AO7 from
Mode A to Mode B) is next to impossible.
Other software I've d/l'ed includes SatPC32, HRD, Nova for Windows,
Orbitron, and Predict for DOS. I like HRD the best but the current
build has a major defect in the 847 support. I've been less than
successful in getting any of the others to control the radio.
I'd like to hear from users of each package about how to interface with
And please, no lectures about using Linux instead of Windows. It's not
73 de W0HV, Jim in Raymore, MO
Light travels faster than sound... This is why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.
Satellite No. Uplink Downlink Beacon Mode
DO-64 (DELFI-C3) 32789 435.570-530 145.880-920 145.870 SSB,CW
I recorded a wav file when I succeeded in testing a loop by
PSK signal, then Up 435.566 LSB / Down 145.900 USB in TCA.
JE9PEL, Mineo Wakita
If anyone has any pictures of the recent AMSAT-UK Colloquium can they upload
them to the Photo Gallery on the AMSAT-UK website at
To use the upload facility you may first need to click on the "Register" option (top right).
73 Trevor M5AKA
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which is best software for DOPPLER in an FT-847
just look for software that is 847 layers of schedule when a satellite pass and that he order
the radio frequency that is due to schedule
tested with HRD but every time something happens oneself
must change frequently in the software
Some friends that I can made a hand in this issue
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