[amsat-bb] Icom IC-W32 Power Supply Assistance

Kevin M n4ufo at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 10 02:51:04 UTC 2016

Hello Oliver,

Icom HTs are center positive... I have a W32A and the official Icom wall charger (BC-110A) that came with it is 12 VDC 200 mA output and the plug appears to be 3.3 or 3.4mm OD with a 1.0 mm pin, but verify that. (Most Icom HTs use the same size plug, I believe.) There are simple DC cables, regulated DC cables and noise filtered DC cables. I also have a cig ltr plug that runs to an 'empty' battery pack that connects to the HT. 

I have more battery/power solutions than I need for mine... (Li-Ion & charger, two AA dry cell packs and 10 NiMH AAs with charger) If you want to contact me off list, I can give you details on what I have and discuss a trade or something. =^)

73, Kevin N4UFO

I just received a well loved ic-w32 from ebay.  I need to get a new battery
and a charger for it though.  Both are expected.

Before I do, though I'd like to make sure it _actually_ works.  I have a
variable DC power supply I was thinking of either bypassing the battery
with or powering via the external dc jack.  I don't know what the contact
middle contact does though, so I'm hesitant to try that idea.  Need to keep
the magic smoke in ...

Does anyone have experience doing this?  Maybe information on the DC jack
polarity?  The service manual I found online doesn't mention much about
powering it up.

Any others tips or pointers on the w32a I should know?

Thanks for your time.

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