All the discussion about avionics has set me to thinking. I just remembered another issue: Comm 1 on my plane doesn’t hear very well. Comm 2 is just great. The avionics shop tested everything out and swapped the radios without improvement. The tech told me that it must be due to the position of the antenna. If this is the case then I’d expect other SR22’s to have the issue. Anybody out there with the problem?
The difference in reception sensitivity is quite pronounced: when ATC hands me off I’ll report in and the squelch won’t even break open. By the time I switch over to Comm 2 I’m just in time to hear a full strength repeat reply from ATC. As you would expect, distant ATIS signals are full strength on Comm 2 and unreadable on Comm 1 even after manually opening the squelch.
My workaround is to use Comm 1 as my short range unit (tower, ground, etc.) and Comm 2 as my en route radio.
Should this be fixable?