[VHFcontesting] Affordable setup for 432

Dan Evans n9rla at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 22 14:25:23 EST 2002

Hi Folks,

I would like to present a topic for discussion.

In the near future, hopefully in time for the June contest, I'm planning to
add equipment for 432 and/or 222 to the Rover setup.  And, being as "no
budget" is a pretty good way to describe my setup, I'm looking for the most
affordable way to do this.  Now I would like to get an FT1000MP with a DEM
transverter and KW amp, but it just ain't gonna happen:-)

So how would you, or did you, go about it?

I've considered getting one of the Microwave Modules transverters, and
combining with a HTX 100 or something for an IF.  Not exactly high
performance, but would likely do the job.  My main rig is an IC746, but I
really don't want to modify it for transverters.

The old FT790's would be a good option.  A little more expensive than the
transverter above, but I wouldn't have to add the IF rig.  Sounds like a
very "rover friendly" solution.  I'm not sure how the performance would

I've also read that there are mods to the Ten-Tec 1210 transverter to put it
on 222 or 432.  But would still need to add the IF rig.

Appreciate any and all input,

Hoping to have more than 2 bands by June!!

Dan Evans N9RLA
Scottsburg, IN 47170
IN-Ham list administrator
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