Re: Multi band Transverter (2m-23cm)

James Duffey

This is a very nice product. Steve has given hints of this in talks over the last couple of years. It is nice to see it come to fruition. 

But, I think anyone who is expecting this to be available in the first quarter of 2020 has never ordered anything from DEMI. His delivery schedules are nearly always optimistic. 

It appears that it will be a real bargain at $100 per band. 

With that out of the way, it is a product that has a lot of potential to a lot of different applications, not only rovers. If it is available for $500, that will be a cheap way for those guys who have  one of those DC to daylight rigs covering 6M, 2M, and 432 to add 222, 902, and 1296. The FT817/818 SOTA crowd should like this, especially for Single Operator QRP portable operations. Those guys often have 222/902/1296 handle talkies to cover additional bands and this box o’verters should give them those bands at the same or lower cost, with 15 to 20 dB improvement in SNR. 

More power, 5W to 10W would be nice, as would an option for a 2M IF. But this should get more guys on the higher bands, and perhaps stem the exodus to 6M in VHF contests driven by the use of  FT8/FT4 by more and more ops. 

Already thinking of the possibilities of pairing this with my KX3. -  Duffey 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Nov 15, 2019, at 08:54, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Interesting new product from Downeast Microwave.  With the addition of a few medium power amplifier bricks and a IF radio capable of 6M, this would make a really nice, compact Rover setup.

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