In reply to G3CWI:
They should provide far superior results to FM handies.
Just what I thought Richard, but from the start I was very surprised by the performance of my Standard C710 and once a half decent antenna is attached, then it really does come into its own. I have done comparative tests with my transverter which has a pair of Gasfets in the front end (measured 1dB NF) and there’s virtually nothing between them in terms of sensitivity though I’ve not had the C710 tested for NF.
In my opinion the advantage of using a transverter is that you can run SSB and CW on the band, but therein lies an issue. Outside of contest time, who is there to work? I know this as I have an FT-736R and 10 watts from home, but 23cms SSB QSOs happen once in a blue moon. I prefer to use SSB, but even so in my experience FM holds its own for SOTA activations (did I really say that?).
As for where are all those 23cms handhelds, I wonder whether many were sold in this country. I advertised for mine on the flea market and consider myself extremely fortunate to have been offered one.
P.S. If anyone was wondering, Ian GW8OGI/P on Tal y Fan NW-040 yesterday was a absolutely huge signal with me on Billinge Hill SP-017. 59+ both ways - Ian Icom IC-81, 1W to a double quad, me Standard C710, 280mW to a quadruple quad.