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11-19-2001, 06:07 PM
In 1982 my first ham radio I purchased after obtaining my license was an ICOM IC-2A 2 meter hand held. I would bring this HT along as a minimum during hunting road trips. The biggest short coming was the lack of “PL”. Almost all of the repeaters in the So. Cal. as well as Mojave Desert repeaters which I relied on for vehicle break down or accident reporting have gone PL and I have been forced to face the reality to replace my HT with an HT with one with more bells and whistles. It’s not like putting down a faithful bird dog, but it’s somewhere in the neighborhood.
11-19-2001, 10:26 PM
I used to add ComSpec PL tone boards to many radios that didn't have them. Communication Specialists had them for under $100.00 back then and I'm sure you could now find them cheaper. You have to find where to add the PL TX modulation wire and where to tap the reeive audio for RX PL decoding, I'm sure someone kept their notes about this mod.
I posted your question on a HAM radio newsgroup to see what options you have on adding a PL board.
11-20-2001, 06:56 PM
Thanks for the response. I think that the IC-2A is so primitive that upgrading it for PL is not technically possible. The IC–2A is a bare bones transceiver . Aside from the 600 kHz offset for repeater compatibility there are no features like TTP or LCD display which I think are minimum requirements for PL upgrading. The radio uses thumbwheel switches to program frequency selection. I could be wrong ?
11-20-2001, 11:02 PM
I just knew someone out there had the answer.
You will find the IC 2A is very limited on space.
Take a look at the very first CTCSS brd on this page. It's about the only one you will find that will fix this unit.
You can request hookup instructions for this radio as well (Well worth
11-21-2001, 09:16 AM
Well I'll be. . . . I stand corrected ! I will check it out. Thanks much ! !
01-07-2002, 12:00 PM
Just wondering if you have heard of or ever used the tech over there in Muskoy, "Dr. Bill" for any repairs or upgrades. I ran across him back in the 80's through a friend. I had a yaesu 2m handheld that I had purchased from a guy who came back from Japan. HRO had said that there was no way to get it to the freqs here. I took it to Dr. Bill and in 10 minutes it was done. I'm going to have to get me a handheld here sometime soon, 2m.
01-08-2002, 03:05 AM
Dr. Bill worked at Reynold's Communications in San Bernardino a bit before I did, long long ago. He knows his radios that's for sure. Last I heard he was running a radio shop next to the truck stops at the I-10 and I-15 interchange. I think it's called "The Radio Shop" or something like that. If your near there, give a holler on CH 19 on the CB, someone ###will know where he is at.
I'm not sure if he is still living in Muscoy or not. LAst time I visited him there was 10 years ago I think.
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