I have used mine and worked through AO-16. It was a little tough but doable. As stated, AO-16's receiver is quite sensitive. I forget who it was, but when I was running my FT-817 for the uplink, someone I had a contact with was running a pair for both up and down link and was doing rather well. So I'd say it is doable. The better the antenna, the better you'll do as well and be able to use the FT-817. I normally use my Kenwood pairs TS711/811 but wanted to try the FT-817 and was rather surprised on my success.
Chris Bloy wrote:
Has anyone used an FT-817 on AO-16?
I am having issues getting into the repeater, I think partly due to the amount of stations trying to access! But has anyone managed with 5 watts?
Chris - M0DQO
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