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UT5JCW Transverter from Ukraine
I just got my UT5JCW transverter from the Transverters Store in the mail today. I was told to expect 30 - 50 days shipping time due to Covid. but it was more like 9 days. Wow!
It works really well so far with my 6400. I checked in to a 2 M sideband net and got good audio reports. I then chatted on a 2 M FM repeater and also got a good audio report. I saw no evidence of drift (love that panadapter...).
So far so good! I have not yet checked the power out, but I did check the frequency, and had to put 400 Hz into the LO Error box. My dial was right on the money with the SSB net, and an FM repeater that I trust to be on frequency was in exact agreement with my display. I noticed some other repeaters were off a few hundred Hz one way or the other.
Next I will use a spectrum analyzer to check the output. I have heard that these transverters need to be run at less than full output for a clean signal, so I will see if that is true in my case. Once I find the sweet spot for clean power out, I will dig out my good old Mirage amp and see if I can get that to work reliably and cleanly.
It is really cool to have the panadapter and waterfall on 2 meters. With two slices, I can monitor repeater input and output frequencies simultaneously. This is really helpful when someone is having trouble hitting the repeater, but their transmitted signal is bouncing around and hitting me directly (we get that a lot in the mountains here).
So far, the UT5JCW transverter is a price/performance winner at $95 (I got the TCXO version). If I were going to be doing more serious VHF work, I would probably shell out the bucks for a Q5 unit. For my more mundane needs, I think this thing will be great!
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