Bert is soon to be part of our family and he knew that I was active in Amateur Radio. Unfortunately he's no longer active so he gifted me some of the gear he purchased around the mid 90s.
The highlight was this Yaesu FT-530 dual band handheld.
It is very popular with Satellite enthusiasts due to the following features.
- Capable of tuning the satellite VHF & UHF sub-bands.
- Capable of transmitting sub-audible or CTCSS tones.
- Will transmit a tone in full duplex mode.
- Full duplex across bands.
- Cross band memory storage. The ability to store frequencies from different bands into a memory channel. It makes tuning for Doppler frequency shifts much easier.
- Power output of 5 watts. The FT-530 does this with a 12v battery pack or ext 12v supply.