|Icom's IC271H. This is a moderately high-powered VHF transceiver with features designed to allow compensation for satellite doppler shift (as a satellite approaches, frequencies move up, and as it recedes, frequencies move down.) I've used this to receive SSTV video from the space shuttle, among other things.|
Here, it is tuned to the local (20 miles away) repeater out at Fort Peck lake. I use an AEA Isopole at about 20 feet for this, which provides excellent at-the-horizon orientation for solid connections.
I've had the radio since they were released, but honestly, I don't recall how long it's been. 20 years, perhaps? It gave me a little trouble with a T/R relay once, but it was both easy to find and easy to repair.
As an older VHF set, the features aren't as well thought out as a more modern one, but it's more than sufficient to work 2 meters any way I choose, so it'll stay in the shack until it breaks down and I can't fix it, or the FCC does something (else) stupid to the band allocations. As this is both high power and 12 VDC only, it is the main reason I have a 40-amp 12 VDC supply in the radio room. 😊
If you're in the area, feel free to give a shout on the area repeater. It's 146.840, down 600 kHz input, 100 hz tone gate. Just call QRZ and if I'm around, I'll answer.
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