[amsat-bb] HT for sats

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Thu Jan 25 18:23:45 UTC 2018


Newer versions of the IC-W32 have desense when transmitting on
2m and trying to simultaneously on 70cm - like we do for SO-50.
​This includes some with higher 5-digit serial numbers, and those
with 7-digit serial numbers. I had no problems using my IC-W32
with the ISS cross-band repeater whenever it was in U/V mode,
and it should do fine with AO-85, AO-91, etc. It had desense
when working SO-50, but its receiver was good for old FM
satellites back in the days of AO-51 and AO-27. It should be
great with the Fox-1 FM satellites and their strong 2m

If your IC-W32 has no desense when working SO-50, Paul's
suggestion is good. Companies like batteriesamerica.com still
sell new battery packs for that radio, and even a 6-cell AA
case (Icom's only held 4 AA cells). If yours has desense with
SO-50, you'll have to decide if you can live with that, or look
for another radio that will do full-duplex with both V/U and
U/V satellites - like the TH-D72 that is currently in production.


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On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:

> Also, other than the battery, I'm not sure the TH-D72 will outperform
> the IC-W32 for satellite use. The lowest cost option would be to
> simply acquire a new battery for the aging IC-W32 unless there are
> other problems with it.
> 73,
> Paul, N8HM

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