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Author Topic: Which handeheld  (Read 3484 times)
KA4NMA
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« on: November 12, 2013, 09:43:35 AM »

Which handheld would be better for the FM birds, the Kenwood TH-F6A or Icom IC-w32A?

Randy ka4nma
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013, 11:02:58 AM »

W32A if it's an older one without the desense issue. It is full duplex whereas the F6A is not. However...The F6A will receive SSB and CW. My choice would be an F6 for receive, and the cheapest HT with PL tones you could find ($40 Baofeng) for the uplink. Then you'd have full duplex, could listen to anything, and could work the FM up, DSB down repeaters like the one on Trition-1 being launched this month.

73, Drew KO4MA
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013, 02:33:10 PM »

W32A if it's an older one without the desense issue.

Older IC-W32As have 5-digit serial numbers, and newer IC-W32As have 7-digit serial numbers.  Older IC-W32As should also allow for receiving into the 800 MHz range, something removed from the newer IC-W32As when they came back into production for a couple of years in the late 90s/early 2000s before going away for good.

Any IC-W32A should work fine for the upcoming FM satellites that use a 70cm uplink.  My IC-W32A is one of the newer units, and worked well for the ISS cross-band repeater when it used a 437.800 MHz uplink.  With the higher grequency being used for transmit, you avoid desense issues that are present when working satellites like SO-50 with a 2m uplink.  The separate tuning and volume knobs for each VFO, along with separate squelch levels in a menu setting, make these HTs great for satellite work. 

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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013, 02:55:57 PM »

Which handheld would be better for the FM birds, the Kenwood TH-F6A or Icom IC-w32A?

Randy ka4nma

I know you specified two radios but I wouldn't rule out a second-hand TH-D7A, either.
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