Unfortunately, that doesn't surprise me too much about the 9700. With the exception of the Icom 9100, when Icom makes a satellite rig, they only include satellite bands. Witness the 970, no modules for 6m or 222mhz and the 13cm module for it (which is rare to find) covered 2400 to 2450mhz, but didn't cover the 2300-2310mhz portion of the band which is where weak signal activity takes place, at least in the US. The 820 and 821 only covered 2m and 70cm, and the 910 covered 2m and 70cm with the only optional module being for 1.2ghz, another satellite band.
33cm is also a ham band in Somalia (Region 1) and in New Zealand (Region 3), so it is making inroads in other parts of the world. 1.25m is also a ham band in Somalia.
73 John AF5CC
On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 11:01 AM, Zach Metzinger [email protected] wrote:
On 12/23/16 20:51, Todd via AMSAT-BB wrote:
Thinking about adding the 1.2Ghz module for my 9100. Prices have dropped
a little and units will start become harder to find once production ends. Anybody using this band? I read it's used as a uplink frequency for some satellites. Any input appreciated.ToddAL7PX
The IC-9700 is an interesting little beastie:
Too bad it doesn't cover 1.25m and 33cm, but I can understand why they aren't motivated to include region-2-only bands.
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