My new radio is the Icom IC-W32A dual-bander that I will be using for satellite communications mainly. It has an impressive alphanumeric and memory display and independent tuning knobs which makes working with the doppler easier for satellite communications. The IC-W32A’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.
It has 100 channels for each band (200 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.
Satellite frequency listing for amateur radio operators: click here
This radio is programmable using the free program called Chirp which can be found here!