AIRBAND Receivers

Receivers – PC Based

IC-PCR 1500

PC Communications Receiver

Offers Up to 2,600 Memory Channels per File

Provides Duplex Mode Operation for Repeater Monitoring

Choose From Three Receiver Screens

The Icom IC-PCR1500 delivers ultra wideband coverage and functionality for users with demanding communication needs. When frequencies drift into FM modes, the IC-PCR1500 combats this issue through its AFC function by automatically following the receiving frequency when it does drift.Quickly search a frequency range with the receiver’s 60 channel per second high speed scan capability.

Users don’t have to wait and listen to hours of radio inactivity, with IC-PCR1500’s recording capabilities they can skip over hours of channel inactivity with the software’s remote control function. It pauses and resumes recording according to channel activity.

The Main Features of Icom IC-PCR1500 PC Controlled Receivers

Looking for that greater capability with your mobile? Multichannel monitor functionality allows you to monitor up to 25 channels and customize the look you want by selecting from three receiver screens: Multi-function Receiver, Component and Simple screens. Auto memory write scan searches for a signal, and when a signal is detected the received frequency is automatically stored in PC memory. Utilizing the IC-PCR1500’s USB cable connection, users are able to expand the receiver’s capabilities, enabling faster response times as well as new audio processing functions.

Frequency Range:

  • 0.010-3299.999MHz*

Features Include:

  • USB Cable Connection
  • Multi Channel Monitor Function
  • Bandscope and Time-line Scope
  • Recording Function
  • DSP Capability
  • Max. 60 Ch/sec. High Speed Scan
  • VSC (Voice squelch control)—opens the squelch only when a modulated signal is detected and ignores unmodulated, beat noise signals
  • CTCSS/DTCS Tones and Duplex Mode Operation (for Monitoring a repeater)
  • S-meter Squelch
  • Pocket Beep Function
  • IF Filter Selection (for changing IF filter width)
  • IF Shift Function (SSB, CW mode only)
  • Noise Blanker—eliminates pulse type noise such as engine ignition noise (SSB, CW, AM mode only)
  • 20dB (approx.) RF Attenuator (below 1300MHz)
  • AGC Function; Fast/slow Setting is Possible
  • Weather Alert Function (U.S.A. version only)
  • 24-digit DTMF Tone Decoder
  • Tuned Bandpass Filters for VHF/UHF Bands
  • Squelch Delay
  • Up to 2600 Memory Channels per File

Icom’s IC-PCR2500 PC Controlled Digital Mode Receiver is ideal for Public Safety, Local Administration or Municipalities and Transportation markets. When it comes to advancing radio technology and delivering the solutions you need, Icom and AIR lead the way.


IC-PCR 2500

Wideband PC Receiver

The IC-PCR2500 receiver is the advanced version of the IC-PCR1500. The IC-PCR2500 has two receiver circuits, which allow for diversity reception and dual receive. Three optional internal modules (UT-106 AF DSP unit, UT-108 DTMF decoder or UT-118 D-Star digital voice decoder) are available to provide extra receive capability.

Dualwatch capability*1
The IC-PCR2500 covers 0.01-3299.999 MHz in AM, FM, WFM, SSB, CW and DV*2 modes on the main band, while the sub-band covers 50-1300MHz in AM, FM and WFM modes*3 simultaneously. *1 Two antennas are required for dualwatch receive. *2 Optional UT-118 required. *3 Frequency range differs depending on version.

USB connection PC receiver
The IC-PCR2500 turns your PC into a wideband receiver, by just pluging into the USB port on your PC. All functions can be controlled on your desktop and the received signals can be heard through your computer’s audio system via USB cable.

3 interface screens to choose from
Choose the look you want with the user interface screens. “Multi-function receiver”, “Component” and “Simple” screen are selectable.

Digital mode reception
The optional UT-118 D-STAR digital unit can be installed to the IC-PCR2500. Catch the action in D-STAR digital communications as well!

DTMF remote control capability
Not only display the message, but also executing a PC program or beep sound is possible, when receiving a matched DTMF code. This function is standard on the main band, while the optional UT-108 DTMF decoder is required for the sub-band.

Multi channel monitor function
You can monitor up to 25 channels. The software tracks the channel activities with S-meter levels as each channel status is visually displayed by three background colours. Simply click the busy channel and the IC-PCR2500 tunes to the active channel.

Ideal for a wide range of commercial and leisure users
The IC-PCR2500 is ideal for the scanner enthusiast looking for an advanced scanner with more functionality and greater features. It is also ideal for commercial/professional users looking for a good value signal measuring device or authorities looking for a spectrum surveillance device.

Receivers – Mobile Base


Communications Receiver

The Icom ICR8500 Communications Receiver is probably the only receiver you will ever need, with superb coverage from 0.1- 2000Mhz in all modes. Includes new style AD-55 mains power supply.

  • Wide Frequency Coverage
    The IC-R8500 covers a wide frequency range from 0.1 to 2000MHz, with 10Hz resolution, while maintaining high receive sensitivity. You can be sure that if there are any communications or broadcasts out there, you’ll be able to hear them with minimum interference from other signals.
  • Various tuning steps
    Two methods of frequency entry are available; using the tuning dial or direct frequency entry from the keypad. Numerous tuning steps are available for operating a wide variety of stations.
    In addition, a programmable tuning step is available. The programmable tuning step can be set (independently for each memory channel) to a value between 0.5 ~ 199.5Khz in 0.5kHz steps.
  • All Mode Capability
    The IC-R85000’s all mode capability allows you to receive signals in many different modes. SSB (USB, LSB), CW, AM, FM and WFM are included. Several specialty modes such as CW narrow, AM wide, AM narrow and FM narrow are available to receive a variety of signals that require a matched passband width.
  • Superior receive characteristics
    The ICR8500 has superb high receive sensitivity over its entire range, and built in high quality crystal (TCXO) provides excellent frequency stability of less than +/- 10Hz below 30MHz; less than +/- 3ppm above 30MHz.
  • Convenient features for receive
    IF shift and APF (audio peak filter) functions are built in. IF shift is used to reduce interference from nearby signals. It does so by adjusting the centre frequency of the IF filter.
    APF is used to reduce interference from signals superimposed over a desired signal by adjusting the centre frequency of the audio filter. The APF is especially useful when receiving CW. It is also useful in other modes as a tone control. In addition a noise blanker, RF attenuator and selectable AGC functions clarify desired signals when experiencing various forms of interference. A digital AFC function tunes the receiver to the center of FM or WFM signals.
  • Ample memory Channels
    The IC-R8500 has 1000 memory channels. Each memory channel can store a frequency, mode (including passband width) and tuning step etc.
  • Versatile scanning functions
    For basic scanning – memory, priority and program scans are available. For more advanced needs – select, skip, auto write and mode select scans can be selected. The IC-R8500 scans very quickly and the speed is continuously adjustable up to 40 channels per second (in both memory and programmed scans) with a continuously adjustable delay time. VSC (voice scan control) provides efficient scanning by skipping unmodulated signals so that you can customise the scan behavior to suit your needs.
  • RS-232C interface
    An RS-232C serial port is located on the rear panel of the receiver for direct connection to PC. Icom’s CI-V data communications format allows you to control and monitor many receiver functions from your PC, as well as to read data or levels in the receiver such as AF gain, squelch level, received signal strength together with received frequency, channel names and many others.
  • Other Features
  • 3 antenna connectors are provided; an SO-239 type and a phono (RCA) connector for below 30MHz; a N type connector for above 30MHz
  • S-Meter squelch allows you to receive only those signals stronger than a pre-set level
  • Easy to read analogue S Meter and centre frequency indicator
  • Optional Voice synthesiser (UT-102 required)
  • Sleep timer (30, 60, 90 & 120 min. selectable)
  • REC and REC remote terminals are provided for tape recorder control and for recording received signals (received signals can also be recorded when the optional UT-120 is installed).

IC-R8500 Additional Features

  • 3 antenna connectors are provided; an SO-239 type and a phono (RCA) connector for below 30MHz; a N type connector for above 30MHz
  • S-Meter squelch allows you to receive only those signals stronger than a pre-set level
  • Easy to read analogue S Meter and centre frequency indicator
  • Optional Voice synthesizer (UT-102 required)
  • Sleep timer (30, 60, 90 & 120 min. selectable)
  • REC and REC remote terminals are provided for tape recorder control and for recording received signals (received signals can also be recorded when the optional UT-120 is installed).


Professional Communications Receiver

The IC-R9500 covers from 5kHz to 3335MHz in all modes and utilizes Icom’s RF circuit development expertise and cutting edge digital technology.

Communication professionals will appreciate the high technical performance of this receiver with its exceptional +40dBm Third Intercept Point (IP3) and 109dB dynamic range.

The ultra-stable, Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO) unit provides a 10MHz signal which can be used as a reference for other equipment. Combined with the digital IF filters, 5 roofing filters and a DSP controlled multi-function colour spectrum scope this receiver is unparalleled in its performance and functionality.

Digital twin PBT and the digital voice recorder combined with 10 VFO channels provide users with high grade operations and functionality.

The IC-R9500 is targeted to telecommunication professionals who will use this radio for monitoring radio stations or signals and analysing spectrum.

Wideband coverage
The IC-R9500 covers 0.005€“3335MHz in SSB, AM, FM (WFM), CW, FSK and P25* modes. It is suitable for a wide variety of radio monitoring and listening activities.
* Optional UT-122 digital unit is required.

Superb receiver performance
The IC-R9500 achieves amazing performance by using a D-MOS FET array in the 1st mixer (below 30MHz) and an excellent IMD roofing filter. The IC-R9500 has +40dBm IP3 and 109dB dynamic range at 14.1MHz. IP3 performance is +9.8dBm at 50MHz and +6.2dBm at 620MHz (+5dBm (typical) from 30MHz to 3335MHz).

Five roofing filters
The IC-R9500 has 5 independent roofing filters (240, 50, 15, 6 and 3kHz) for improved selectivity. In congested RF spectrum conditions, it is extremely important to protect against strong in-band signals. The 3kHz roofing filter provides a 130dB (approx.)* blocking dynamic range.
* At 15MHz reception, with 5kHz separation signals.

Dual DSP
The IC-R9500 incorporates two independent, 32-bit floating point DSP units, a dedicated DSP unit for receiver functions and another for the spectrum scope. By using the power of two independent DSP units, the radio can respond to operator changes in an instant.

±0.05ppm high frequency stability
The IC-R9500 uses an OCXO (Oven Control Crystal Oscillator) unit which provides ±0.05ppm frequency stability from 0°C to 50°C. The 10MHz reference frequency can either be supplied to or input from external equipment.

Digital IF filter
The digital IF filter* allows the operator to adjust the filter shape (sharp or soft), filter bandwidth, and centre frequency characteristics. The digital twin PBT narrows and shifts the IF passband to efficiently eliminate undesired signals.
* For FM, WFM and P25 mode, the passband b>Multi function spectrum scope
Using a dedicated DSP unit improves the dynamic range of the spectrum scope. The IC-R9500 has four different spectrum modes such as normal/wide and centre/fixed width. The normal spectrum scope covers a range from ±2.5kHz to ±5MHz, while the wide band spectrum scope* observes up to ±500MHz (±10MHz, ±25MHz, ±50MHz, ±100MHz ±250MHz and ±500MHz selectable). When using the normal spectrum scope, the digital scopes filter width can vary from 200Hz to 20kHz with a variable sweep speed.

The spectrum scope can also be set to use specific scope edges or to centre the span on the receiving frequency.

The peak search function automatically moves the display marker to the strongest signal on the scope screen. In addition to these features, the scope has 3 levels of attenuation (10dB, 20dB, 30dB).

  • Fixed mode: The scope screen does not shift when you change the receiving frequency.
  • Centre mode: the scope screen shifts as the receiving frequency moves. The receiving frequency is always centred on the scope screen.
  • Wide band scope: Receives up to ±500MHz
  • Peak hold function
  • Sweep speed/span/filter width setting
  • Attenuator
  • Peak search function
  • Mini scope function

* While using the wide band scope function, AF output is muted.

7-inch wide Colour TFT LCD
The large 7-inch wide (800 x 480 pixels) active matrix display delivers quick response time, high resolution and has a wide viewing angle. The multi-function spectrum scope is displayed in vivid colour. The background colour is selectable from black or blue for your preference. In addition, the IC-R9500 has a VGA connector allowing you to connect an external monitor.

Multiple RSSI
S-meter, dB?, dB?(emf) and dBm meter types are selectable in the IC-R9500. The dB?, dB?(emf) and dBm meter have ±3dB of accuracy (10 to 70dB? signal from 100kHz to 3335MHz at 25°C).

Noise blanker
The IC-R9500 has a DSP controlled noise blanker that significantly reduces pulse type noise and improves the S/N ratio by removing interfering noise. The noise blanker has two channels with adjustable width and depth parameters. You can use these to target specific noise interference.

Noise reduction
The noise reduction function separates signal components from random noise through Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and enhances the signals buried in noise for improved signal readability.

Two-point manual notch filter
The digital manual notch filter has a depth of more than 70dB at two points with adjustable filter width (wide, middle, narrow). This means that two strong beat signals can be eliminated at once even while using the auto notch filter.

Synchronous AM detection
The synchronous AM (S-AM) detection provides less distorted audio than normal diode detection. This mode is useful when fading occurs or signal level is low. The IC-R9500 can recreate the carrier signal exactly by using the DSP. In addition, upper or lower sideband demodulation for S-AM is selectable for eliminating interference from adjacent strong signals.

FSK modulator & decoder
The IC-R9500 has built-in FSK demodulator and decoder.

  • Twin peak filter
  • Water-fall indicator
  • FSK-R mode
  • FSK tone and shift frequencies programmable

10 VFOs
The IC-R9500 has 10 VFO channels for tuning and storing operating frequencies, mode, filter width and other settings. You can quickly change the operating bands with the 10- keypad. When the VFO is changed, the settings are automatically stored in that VFO channel.

A total of 1220 memory channels
The IC-R9500 has a total of 1220 memory channels. Store frequencies, modes, filter width and tuning steps. Memory channels are grouped into 10 memory banks. By connecting to a USB keyboard, you can edit memory contents directly.

  • 1000ch regular memory channels
  • 20ch scan edge channels
  • 100 auto memory write channels
  • 100 memory scan skip channels

Multi-scan functions
Numerous scanning functions (are available) to search for desired stations to make operation easier. The IC-R9500 scans 40 channels per second in memory scan mode.

  • Memory scan
  • Program scan
  • Fine program scan
  • Priority scan
  • Selected mode memory scan
  • Selected memory scan
  • Auto memory write scan
  • Tone scan

Voice synthesizer
The built-in synthesizer announces the receiving frequency, mode and signal strength in English.

Digital voice recorder
The IC-R9500 has two types of digital voice recorders. One is the regular recorder, recording for long periods in €œWAV€ format into the built-in CF memory or an external USB memory. The sampling rate is variable from 8kHz (SQ1) to 48kHz (SHQ). In SQ1 mode, up to 130 minutes (approx.) of recorded audio can be stored into the CF memory. The other recorder is the short voice recorder, which saves the previous 15 seconds of radio audio into RAM, allowing you to play back the audio instantly.

USB connector
The IC-R9500 has a USB connector for connecting an external USB memory or other USB devices. Received audio and configuration files can be imported and exported to a PC. Firmware upgrade is also possible via USB memory.

Receive assist functions*

  • SSB/CW/AM mode auto tuning function. (SSB auto tuning is a world first on the IC-R9500
  • Preamp and attenuator
  • AFC function compensates for frequency shifts (FM/WFM mode only)
  • 1/4 tuning step function and dial click function
  • CW-R (reverse) mode
  • APF (Audio Peak Filter)
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control)
  • VSC (Voice Squelch Control)
  • Input overload protection (HF bands only)
  • Optional P25 digital mode reception
  • Optional CI-V interface and RS-232C for PC remote control

(* Some functions are not available depending on operating mode or band.)

IC-R9500 Additional Features

  • 4 antenna connectors: an SO-239 type, a phono (RCA) connector and two type-N connectors
  • S/P DIF output jack
  • Video input/output
  • Clock function with daily timer and sleep timer
  • CTCSS and DTCS tone squelch
  • Simplified frequency calibration using WWV or WWVH
  • Dial lock function
  • Panel lock function
  • Adjustable tuning step
  • Dimmer function
  • Monitor function

Receivers – Portables


Handheld Audio/Visual Receiver

The IC-R3 is a stylish handheld receiver incorporating a 2-inch colour screen which allows a user to run a combination of audio and visual broadcasts. Whether watching terrestrial television, viewing video images from wireless cameras or listening to different broadcast bands the Icom IC-R3 is a product guaranteed to open a whole new world of entertainment and usefulness to you.

Icom have always produced what is regarded as the best receiving equipment for both commercial and consumer use. The IC-R3 is just the latest addition to what is a top product range.
For the Amateur Radio enthusiast, the IC-R3 offers a wealth of features including a high performance receiver, simple operation, frequency coverage from 0.495 to 2450 MHz, with AM, FM, WFM modes built-in and an abundance of operating features which are guaranteed to hold their interest. For those customers who want to use the receiver for long periods a powerful Lithium Ion battery comes as standard allowing up to 27 hours operation time.

However the IC-R3 is not only suitable for Amateur Radio enthusiasts. There are a wide range of social, commercial and leisure users that can reap benefits from the IC-R3:

1. Calling all sports fans! With the IC-R3, a new level of spectating can be achieved. If you are attending a motor sport event, for example, you may be able to keep up to date in the following ways:

– By watching terrestrial television coverage of the race,
– By watching one of the dedicated cameras scattered around the circuit,
– Listen to radio coverage that the circuit provides,
– Tune in to pit lane communication and all the other support services that use radio communications.

2. The essential tool for security schemes! You can receive pictures on the IC-R3 wherever there is a wireless camera. Installers of wireless CCTV cameras may be able to use the IC-R3 to ensure that their equipment has been correctly placed. Once installed, security operatives or police officers on the beat can monitor these cameras as well as listen to radio users in a scheme.

3. An ideal tool for Security Surveillance! Security officers on patrol may be able to monitor a whole site as well as other operatives patrolling a large facility (where there are cameras). The IC-R3 can be used to monitor areas where security is an issue, indoors or outdoors.

 Stretch your imagination! The capability of the IC-R3 is only limited by your imagination.
Why not use the IC-R3 in conjunction with a camera as a visual baby monitor keeping an eye on sleeping children while you are in another room or out in the garden.

Or quite simply use the IC-R3 to DC power


Compact Wideband Handheld Receiver

The IC-R2 was one of the most successful models in recent years (the MVT-7100 arguably continues to carry that title) however it lacked some features found on other similar models – text descriptions on memory channels and the capability to use an external power source were two. In the IC-R5 Icom have added these features and a few extra ones two.

The IC-R5 has continuous coverage from 150kHz to 1309.995 MHz with 1000 regular memory channels, 200 auto store channels and 25 search banks. You are able to make up your own channel names for all memory channels/search banks and channel recognition is easy ! The IC-R5’s LCD display lets you use numbers, letters or a combination of both when naming channels and banks. Icom’s exclusive Dynamic Memory Scan (DMS) gives you the flexibility to customise and manage the IC-R5’s memory banks the way you want or need.

As with the IC-R2 the IC-R5 requires 2 x AA batteries for internal power however unlike the previous IC-R2 the new IC-R5 can also be powered from an external 12v DC Power Source. The DC jack allows for simultaneous battery charging while operating the radio.

The optional software and cable, IC-R5 programming and cloning is a breeze. Hook your IC-R5 up to a PC and you’re ready to program channel names, scan lists, and more.

Main Features:

  • Wide band receiver: 0.150 – 1310 MHz continuous coverage.
  • Three receive modes: AM, FM and Wide FM
  • 1000 memories for storing favourite channels
  • 25 band edge memories for easy scanning between specified frequencies
  • Tone squelch operation (CTCSS decode): As used on many radio amateur repeaters today
  • Tone squelch scan: Find the tone in use easily
  • Simple operation with optional software for programming
  • Uses just two AA batteries or external 12v DC
  • Power save function including auto shut down to conserve battery life
  • Compact size: 58(W) x 86(H) x 27(D) mm (projections not included)
  • Weight: 170 g
  • PC programmable with CS-R5 software and a suitable interface 


Communications Receiver

Tune in the world where ever you go. The Icom IC-R20-06 has extremely wide coverage from 150 kHz to 3304.999 MHz (less 824-849 & 869-894 MHz cellular). Modes of reception include:  FM, WFM AM, (SSB) USB, LSB, CW. This radio has two VFOs with dual watch capability. A built-in 32 MB IC audio recorder can record 1, 2 or 4 hours of reception (playback quality will be less on 2 or 4 hour settings). A total of 1250 memories are featured: 1000 regular, 25 scan edge and 200 auto-write scan. And this is Icom’s fastest scanning radio at 100 channels per second in VFO mode. There are three types of priority watch: Memory Channel Watch, Memory Scan Watch and VFO Scan Watch. The R20 offers six forms of scanning. Scan resume can even be adjusted for 2 to 20 seconds or unlimited. CTCSS/DTCS/DTMF decode is built-in. The large two line dot-matrix LCD can be programmed for 8 character channel names.

You can “see” your signals with the built-in band scope. The sweep range can be selected from ±14 kHz to ±1400 kHz. Other advanced features include:  Voice Scan Control (opens squelch only when a modulated signal is detected), Auto Squelch, Attenuator, key lock, RF Gain, Noise Blanker, ANL and AF filter. A built-in ferrite bar antenna improves medium wave reception. Weather channels and weather alert (USA version only) are featured. CI-V PC control compatibility is supported with optional CT-17. Simple PC programming and cloning is available via the optional CS-R20 software CD (with USB cable).

The special “Set Mode Menu” allows you to tailor many operational parameters to your personal taste including:  Priority Watch, Key-touch beep, beep level, power save, NB/ANL/AF filter functions, AM antenna selection, scope audio, dial speed, etc.

Your R20 is preprogrammed with popular shortwave channels. The R20 comes with:  BC-153SA wall charger, BP-206 Li-ion battery pack, MB-98 belt clip, battery spacer, BNC telescopic antenna and wrist strap.

The R20-11-GOVT model is the same as above, but without the 824-849 / 869-894 MHz cellular gap and can be purchased by the Federal government or for export only. This version is not available via on-line ordering.