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  Icom W32A

The Icom IC-W32A dual-bander has impressive alphanumeric and memory display. Independent tuning knobs and backlit display and keypad are also featured. The transceiver's two dials are used for independent tuning of the VHF and UHF band. This conveniently allows independent adjustment of either band. With ICOM's exchange function you can assign VHF/UHF tuning and volume to either knob as you prefer. And of course the frequency display will sync with this function. Independent main and sub bands allow you to receive both VHF and UHF simultaneously; or use the V/V and U/U functions for receiving two frequencies on the same band. Moreover, either operating band can be used in transmit regardless of whether it appears in the proper display or not. Full crossband duplex is supported.

You get channels for each band ( total). Each channel can be assigned a name of up to 8 alpha characters from the keypad for easy recognition. Alpha tagging is also available for DTMF memory channels. You also get programmed, full and memory skip scanning. Other features include:  impressive audio, 50 frequency PL encode, decode, backlit LCD, auto power off and two power levels.

The Icom IC-W32A comes with:  flexible BNC antenna, belt clip, wrist strap, BP battery pack and BCA battery wall charger. Click here specifications.

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Reviews For: ICOM IC-W32A

WB0KWJRating:
Dual band full duplex usefulTime Owned: 3 to 6 months.
The now-discontinued Icom W32A is a good, but not great VHF/UHF handheld transceiver. It is found at hamfests and on eBay priced between about $70 and $ Its defining feature is probably its two separate radio systems, permitting (almost) full duplex operation (as long the radios are on different bands). This feature makes it useful to satellite operators, although a limited frequency range on UHF makes a modification necessary for some satellites. Separate tuning knobs and volume controls makes tuning the separate radios easy.

Early models could be frequency-extended via an undocumented key combination on start-up. Later models require a hardware modification involving the removal of circuit-board-mounted SMT diodes. Another undocumented feature is cross-band repeat, also accessed with a key combination. This feature is mostly likely undocumented because the W32A is not rated for the full duty-cycle operation a repeater would entail. Perhaps equally important, the W32A does not provide for repeater ID, making it illegal for two-way crossband repeat use in the United States (and anywhere else that requires the transmitter to identify itself). Given everything W32A has in it already, providing a CW id capability would not have been too much to add, at least for those who might use it as a repeater on a light-duty basis.

Audio is good on both transmit and receive. The built-in speaker can be made quite loud, but do not expect Kenwood quality output. Programming via computer is possible via a variety of programs. The metal-cased unit is heavy compared to plastic-case HTs. The rubber keys on the full-DTMF keyboard are extended beyond the case, creating a potential rub-off issue. The standard battery cases are NiCad or NiMH, meaning just hours or less of typical operation. Higher capacity batteries are now available to extend use time, as is a AA case. The battery case is easily changed. The supplied antenna is good quality, but short, limiting range. Some users report receiver overload issues. The supplied steel belt clip will bend. The display is small, busy, and low contrast. Programming the radio using the keypad is, sadly, like programming most other amateur radio equipment: complex and non-inuitive.

In all, this is a good radio, especially for specialized uses such as with satellites. If full duplex is not needed, however, many other newer ones are equal or better, at lower cost.
REMOVED_KD5ZENRating:
Solid handheld transceiver Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've owned this transceiver for over 10 years and it still operates just as it did brand new!


Earlier 5-star review posted by REMOVED_KD5ZEN on

First off, for all those bashing the VX-5R and think it's cute to call it a mugger deterent: The VX-5R is THREE times the radio this monster is. So that would make my VX-7R about FIVE.

More than half the bulk of this radio is its battery size. Speaking of the battery, don't charge it with the wall charger. That's a good way to kill the little cinder block. Don't buy a MAHA battery pack, either; they melt. You pretty much need a drop in rapid charger for it to be useful in a tick.

Now, aside from that.. 5 by 5! Awesome radio! I never, in the few months that I owned one, had ANY problems with intermod. Neither has my father, who also owns one of these. It felt ALLOT more solid than the T90 that I purchased later on (which might I add a week and a half after owning blew the 2 meter final). It's a sure win. You can't really go wrong with this radio as it does EVERYTHING in it's capabilities and does it well. Not half baked like some radios I have seen.

However, if you are going to be comparing this little beast with other radios, at least compare apples to apples and leave the VX-5R and VX-7R alone. One criteria I ALWAYS use in rating a radio: User error is NEVER the radios' fault. If the keys are too small, that's your loss. If the menu is too 'hard' that's your own problem. Those are very subjective OPINIONS. However, as for the keys being too 'small' or 'bigger.' The keys on the W32A are SMALLER than the keys on the VX-7R. Hmm

To sum it up, though: Nice radio; good bang for the buck; sure win!
BASSMANRating:
Excellent Purchase for a Used Dual BanderTime Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I just purchased this transceiver used via e-Bay for $ This included a desktop charger and brand new, in the box HMA remote microphone, and the radio was in 9/10 condition. I have been the proud owner of an IC-W31A for nearly 20 years and have loved the durability of that radio, as well as its features, ease of operation, and full cross-band operational capabilities. The only negatives I can say about the WA are its relatively weak audio output ( mw at 8 ohms and 10% THD into a 1" diam. speaker) and the fact that it only has memories total (43 for each band plus call channels, and scan edge memories). The WA takes care of these issues with a better speaker (still mw audio output though) and memories for each band plus the call channels and scan edges. It also receives the weather channels and aircraft "com" band. The build quality is as that of the WA, but when they superseded the WA with the WA, Icom completely redesigned the keypad and the radio's programming/instruction set. As a result, prior WA owners are behind the learning curve with this radio. That being said, if one wants a truly feature-laden, cross-band capable dual band radio which does everything it is supposed to do well, and they don't need APRS, Packet, DSP, or GPS capabilities, this radio is worth considering. Accessories, other than replacement batteries for it are pretty much non-existent, so look for one in good condition which includes the desired accessories. Icom is still supporting this transceiver at this writing, but probably will not for much longer.
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GENERALType:Amateur VHF/UHF transceiverFrequency range:TX: / MHz
RX: MHzTuning steps:? KHzFrequency stability:Max ? ppmMode:TX: FM
RX: AM / FMChannels/memory management:Repeater shift/offset:±Power supply: VDCCurrent drain/power consumption:RX: mA
TX: Max AAntenna impedance/connector:50 ohm / BNCDimensions (W*H*D):57**33 mm (**")Weight: g ( oz)Other features:Twin RX.



RECEIVER SECTIONReceiver system:? conversion superheterodyne
1st IF: ? MHz
2nd IF: ? KHzSensitivity:Selectivity:Image rejection:AF output power/speaker:? W at ?% distortion / ? ohmExternal speaker connector:



TRANSMITTER SECTIONRF output power:

HighLow
2 m:5 W mW
70 cm:5 W mW
Modulation system:FM deviation:±? KHzSpurious emissions:Less than -? dBMicrophone impedance/connector:? ohm / ?-pinMicrophone input sensitivity:? mV



MISCELLANEOUSManufactured:Japan, xx (Discontinued)Additional info:Related documents:User manual ( KB)Modifications and fixes:Reviews:Options/Accessories:
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