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Author Topic: Icom IC-W2A for Sat Work ??  (Read 1570 times)
W6TGE
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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2009, 02:51:54 PM »

Yes, so far I am using the online tracker(s) on AMSAT and Heavens Above. They both agree and I am sure I have it right as I can hear a local or two on the Input. I just don't hear the LEO!
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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2009, 04:17:20 PM »

OK...I can say for SURE now that my only problem was trying to use the W2A. I did the MOD for my TM-731a and AO-27 just now came in Full Quieting!
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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2009, 04:54:13 PM »

I gave up on the W2A for sats and have been trying out a Yaesu 857D the W2A will not transmit as it is(USA model) below 440.
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« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2009, 08:45:23 PM »

I am not trying to transmit below 440, but receive. My TM-731a not only did a great job but I made my first two AO-51 contacts yesterday. So, with the 4 finger press, my W2A says it receives 435.3 but it does NOT!
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« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2009, 07:09:06 AM »

Congratulations on your first Satellite QSO's!! I'm glad to hear your 731 was able to be modified to receive down in the satellite frequency ranges. As you mentioned in another post, the 731 is a bit cumbersome, but will work for the time being. There are some low cost ways to get the receive side.. you can always pick up a cheap handheld scanner, there are those puxing HT's that are all over ebay, or there are some monoband Icom/Yaesu/etc for the low $100's range. I picked up a Yaesu VX-177 for around $129. Good luck and enjoy!
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« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2009, 10:15:35 AM »

Thank you. I was thinking that I have an old scope cart and I can strap the 731a into that! Now I have my wife going to Home Depot on her way home to pick up some welding rod so I can complete my 2M section of the hand held beam I built! The 731a is big, but it sure seems to have a heck of a 435MHZ receiver in it! I did use a 2M J I had built for these first contacts and had the 731a at 50 Watts.  :-) Now I am going to call Kenwood to ask about a Lithium battery.
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