Wm.Ince wrote:Would you recommend the ICOM A220?
Other than your intercom problem, would you say it is a good radio for light sport VFR?
I think you'll never have my problem because you're going to have an intercom between the radio and headset. Carlson is a single-seater, so headset goes straight into radio. And these things happen often, evidently. My David Clark (really!) is not compatible with my Vertex 220 portable.
As far as recommendations, I think it's an okay radio, with some quirks. It replaced the A200 that I kneed in my crash. So, first surprise - the D-connector is not compatible with A200. Also, I flew with it for months now, I looked at the manual, and I cannot figure how to adjust the squelch. The default is fully automatic and works great most of the time, except that in my airplane it thinks that my ignition noise is a signal and that is super annoying. Again not something a real airplane with a shielded ignition would suffer, I imagine.
A hangar neighour installed an A220 into his Cessna 140, and seems happy with it. Like I said, it should be fine in a real airplane.
Knowing what I know now, I would try and find a radio with more traditional controls. I never use the dual monitoring function either.
Chris (the builder) was really against any small radios that go into 2.25" panel holes. I wanted to switch to it because I didn't want to knee the radio again in its present location. But he talked me into A220 because it's supposedly less troublesome.