[amsat-bb] Re: IC-W2A as sat rig?

Chris Maness christopher.maness at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 17:05:02 PDT 2008

On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 5:02 PM, Chris Maness <chris at chrismaness.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 7:07 AM, John Mock KD6PAG <kd6pag at amsat.org> wrote:
>> > I tried this rig (IC-W2A) out tonight on AO-51 and it seemed deaf.  I
>> > had a very good pass right over my head, but I could barely hear the
>> > bird.  My IC-32AT with the same antenna setup works FB (Arrow
>> > Antenna).  Anyone else used the W2A and found that it was lacking in
>> > the sensitivity dept.?
>> I used the W2A on AO-27 (which is harder to hear) for several years and
>> it worked just fine.  An Arrow should be good (and is comparable to what
>> i used).  I wonder what was going one...
>>                      -- KD6PAG  (Networking Old-Timer, Satellite QRPer)
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> I just did an A/B test with the W2A and my 32AT on AO-27.  The 32 rocked,
and the W2A could not even pick up the down link on the same antenna.  It
seems to work fine on the repeaters.  I am wondering if it needs an
alignment on the front end to pick up the down link.  I did notice that are
some pots/variable caps on the sides of the band units in the W2A hopefully
an adjustment would get it working on the sats.

Chris KQ6UP DM-13

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