The Sumbandilasat and SA-AMSAT team has released their tentative activation times for this weekend, and it looks like North and South America will have many active passes. Keep in mind that many Scouts will be active for JOTA this weekend, so please make an extra effort to contact them and welcome them to amateur satellites.
73, Drew KO4MA
PS Thank you to the Sumbandilasat and SA-AMSAT team, and also to Ed, N8BBQ for calculating the pass times.
>Sumbandila ham payload activations (times in UTC; active for 15 minutes):
>Americas (JOTA special event)
I have some radios that need to find new homes. All would make excellent
starter rigs or backup rigs, or for those who dislike menu driven
radios. None of the HF rigs or the handheld uses any form of a menu.
Icom IC-735 HF transceiver 160-10m. This is a very well rated radio, and
even has a transverter port built in. It is good cosmetically for it's
age, with a few scratches and tape/label residue in spots. It has the
manual and little plastic door, although it is scratched from label
removal. I do not have a mike, but did make contacts using my IC-910
mike, and it works fine. Notch and IF shift works very well on this
Kenwood TS-140 HF transceiver 160-10m. This radio is in a little better
shape than the 735, but doesn't have quite all the bells and whistles.
However, personally I like the bigger S meter and fluorescent frequency
display better. It is also slightly larger and has in my opinion easier
to use controls. Purchaser has the option of a MC80 desk mike
(unfortunately with some label residue I'm still trying to remove) for
$350, or with a Kenwood hand mike for $325. Manual also included.
Kenwood TM-241a 2m FM rig. This is a nice condition, workhorse 50w 2m
radio with a power cable and bracket, and a downloaded manual. It uses
the same microphone as the 140 above, so I'll offer the same options.
$100 with a hand mike, or $125 with the MC80.
Alinco DJ-120 2m handheld. This is a really simple 2m HT, with a freshly
rebuilt battery pack, DTMF, and subtone encode via dip switches on the
back panel. This would make a good beginner's radio, a second radio to
work the FM satellites full duplex, or one to toss in a Ziploc bag for
the canoe or bicycle when you don't want to risk your $400 VX-8 or
IC-92. No charger included as I've been charging off the 13.8v input on
the battery pack. $50
Hallicrafters HT-40 novice style CW transmitter. I've not powered this
up, but it appears complete and only a little dirty and scratched. $50
You may need a power supply to go with the above radios. I have available:
Astron VS-35M 35 amp linear supply with voltage and amperage meters and
adjustments. The voltage adjustment is a bit jumpy and might need a
squirt in the potentiometer. This would make a nice power supply for the
workbench as well as running your radios. $125, or $100 when combined
with one of the HF rigs.
Pyramid 35A linear supply, smaller but less polished than the Astron. It
is also metered but they are pretty small. It has a replacement knob on
the voltage adjustment. $100, or $75 when combined with one of the HF rigs.
Trades and offers will of course be considered (especially VHF+ gear).
Email is the best way to communicate, although it may take me a day to
answer sometimes. Pictures available by request. Thanks for the bandwidth.
73, Drew KO4MA