I have a friend in an isolated community working on passing their Canadian Basic Amateur Radio Licence. If they pass with honours they'll have access to the HF bands, otherwise they're restricted to VHF and up. To start them off I was going to suggest getting on the FM satellites. I would also like to upgrade my satellite gear to include digital capability and thought I'd look into getting a second of the same radio, easier to mentor them at a distance if we're using the same gear.
The model of interest is the FT-8900R and I'm open to suggestions.
And I was thinking of ordering a printed copy of Getting Started on Amateur Satellites 2018 to be sent to them.
For myself, I'd like to explore digital satellites, APRS and store and forward, are there current (quite a few out of date ones have turned up) website for beginners?
Ron VE8RT DP22