[amsat-bb] Re: Icom ic-w32a

David - KG4ZLB/MØZLB m0zlb at btinternet.com
Sat Feb 28 13:02:12 PST 2009

A few more pointers:

    * Use headphones or an ear-piece,
    * make sure the radio is in "semi-duplex",
    * leave the main band as the transmit frequency and adjust the other
      band for doppler (don't worry about only tuning the higher
      frequency just tune the receive side),
    * make sure the volume and/or squelch is OFF on the main band -
    * work SO-50 before you try AO-51 but don't forget you need a tone
      on the TX side for SO-50
    * Unless you have a non-US version of the W32A, its should work fine
      without any mods

It really is very easy, SO-50 is accessible on the 0.5w setting on a 
good pass, keep trying and good luck and post questions if you have any. 
I am sure we all look forward to working you!



Charlie Schlieper wrote:
> A few notes on the IC-W32A Handy Talkie for satellite work.
> I had to "open up" or extend the frequency range of this HT before I could 
> attempt to work satellites.  (If I remember right, it wouldn't transmit 
> below around 438 MHz as it came.)  I made several satellite contacts with 
> the IC-W32a using a Tri-Pod mounted homemade version of a dual-band Yagi 
> (3-elements on 2-meters and 5 elements on 70cm).  I used my Speaker Mic and 
> plugged Headphones into the bottom jack.  It was truly a challenge, although 
> some make it sound so easy!  With a laptop outside tracking, I was in 
> "over-drive" making a few successful contacts.  I used a number of 
> "pre-programmed" channels to compensate for Doppler Shift, and that seemed 
> to work.  Because others are not helpful at times to QRP stations, expect a 
> few failures and be patient.  Good luck!!!
> Charlie, N5TD
> Temple, Tx
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