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Here we have a cubesat which operates in VHF/UHF. Communication with it (from a ground station perspective) is done with an Icom Radio. Would it be possible to replace it with a cheaper BAOFENG?

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you have the Baofeng at hand? Why not just try it out? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 4:56
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    $\begingroup$ Since we don't know anything about your cubesat, it's rather difficult to answer this question. Obviously the UV-5R is cheaper and implements a subset of the functionality provided by the IC-910. Is that sufficient? Only someone with access to the specifications of your cubesat can know. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ Why was information removed from this question? $\endgroup$
    – Kevin Reid AG6YO
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 16:52

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The usability of the Baofeng (or any radio with > 1Hz frequency step) will depend on the frequency and mode that you are using. If you use a 12.5kHz frequency step size you will never be able to tune to 435.345 MHz (FM mode) frequency, for example. You have to change your frequency step size to 5 kHz or 2.5 kHz to tune it.

Notice though that the Baofeng has a tunable step size as documented in the specification you linked (Page 11). 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25kHz frequency step sizes are sufficient for FM mode communications with a satellite.

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You should also take into consideration the mode. If the spacing, as the other answer suggests to consider, is not an issue, will the Baofeng actually use a mode compatible with the CubeSat? I don't know anything about your CubeSat, but keep in mind that a Baofeng will only work on FM, not LSB or USB. It also lacks the host of other features the IC910 offers, specifically for satellite use.

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  • $\begingroup$ Just edited the question, including some cubesat specs. Given that information, is it possible to say the Baofeng could do the job? $\endgroup$
    – oqrxke
    Commented Apr 4, 2015 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ Any comments (considering the cubesat specs)? $\endgroup$
    – oqrxke
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 23:19

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