[amsat-bb] Re: true duplex radios

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Jun 1 13:33:10 PDT 2009


Another HT for the "list" would be the IC-Z1A.  This was a 2m/70cm
dual-bander with a detachable control head/mic, which used the
same accessories as the IC-W32A.  I picked up a couple of them a
few months ago, left one in Mexico as a complete portable station
for the FM satellites (along with another complete station using an
FT-8800 mobile radio instead of an HT), and still have the second
IC-Z1A at home that I need to do something with.

Like with the IC-W32A and many other Icom 2m/70cm radios of that
time sold in North America, the IC-Z1A does not transmit below 440
MHz without a mod.  It works well without modification on the current
FM satellites (AO-27, AO-51, SO-50), but the mod is needed for the
normal ISS cross-band voice repeater and for use on the 70cm band
that most of the world outside the USA and Canada has.



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