I found out it was even worse! For shortwave listening below 30 Mhz they do a pretty good job. Massive coverage, all the modes, extremely fast scanning, excellent band scope with the latest firmware and software, recording to the PC etc. The software works very well and I can’t find anything I don’t like about it so far, it is full of options and it will take me quite a while to come to terms with it all. AH Outdoor omni-antenna with 50 foot lead-in covering MHz. The discone design offers the best performance possible in an omni-directional antenna.
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IC-PCR Communications Receiver – Features – Icom America
The radio has the DSP option installed, which I think is not of much value. According to the S-Meter level, each channel status is visually displayed by three background colors. PC use The first step to getting the R working with a PC is to install the software and driver that comes on the enclosed CD, this is a simple process for anybody who pr1500 ever installed software before and only takes a icok of seconds to install. See specifications for exact coverage.
I am a manual tuner and with the control head, tuning is very versatile, with the ability to switch modes, tuning steps, etc, very smoothly and quickly.
After a few days use I put it back in its box and kept in storage in a closet. Test aerial – This is a telescopic whip on with a base that has double sided tape and a few meters of coax, I used it for a while and seemed to work ok but you really need to use an external aerial to get the most from it.
Good points – Remote head is great and works icim well. Pxr1500 software works very well and I can’t find anything I don’t like about it so far, it is full of options and it will take me quite a lcr1500 to come to terms with it all.
The discone design offers the best performance possible in an omni-directional antenna. Once you get used to using the control head, it is hard to see why you need the computer if you aren’t going to use it for scanning memory ocom, etc.
This might be a good option for somebody who wants to mount the R unit away from the computer and use a shorter coax cable for less signal loss, maybe in a roof or somewhere like that. I then tried the Bonito iom – absolute trash.
The selectable filters are nice, but I would have liked have seen a fuller range audio across the board. It can also be used for transmit on, and MHz ham bands under W. I only found 4 channels with problems and they were not any ones I really listen to that much. Sure it is not quite to the same level as an AOR type radio but it is close and some people might not like the idea of having a radio that needs a pc to use some of the features but to do most things you can use the remote head.
I enjoy, in particular, MW and SW use of the radio. Please also note the Icom Japan now offers version 2.
I have not had much of a chance to use HF on it yet but having a bit of a listen to some HF channels this morning has shown it is capable of picking them up fairly well, KHz and KHz are two I have been getting very well. The R software seems to work very well and has a lot of features. I wonder if the built-in downconverter for the higher frequencies has any kind of attenuation effect on other frequency ranges? I then tried the Icom software, it worked okay but was full of bugs, and quite restricted in functionality.
I found out it was even worse! Is there something this radio CAN’T do? In my experience and for my use, this radio is a solid winner.
Searching each of the following bands with the mobile aerial showed the following: You won’t go wrong with this receiver. All of my previous experiences with Icom have been very enjoyable and about the only thing I can say is that their gear is very different from your average Uniden or Radio Shack scanner and so if your use to that sort of equipment then be prepared for a fairly steep learning curve with the R I’m not sure why Icom made the front end of the higher bands on these radios so poor.
I can hear the LF beacons, the utility staions, the HAMs, the “mega-watters”, the public saftey poice, fire, etc all the way to the the microwave relays sort of.
CW and SSB from 0. When you connect up the R to the computer in my case a laptop using the USB cable you are asked which port it is on, once you set this you are away and can explore the software and the many features it offer. I also had a bit of a listen to HF with about 20m of wire hanging between my car and a tree up there and it seemed to work ok, I did notice some broadcast band signals between 2MHz and 30Mhz but I guess given where I was that is not really unexpected.
Comparing between a full quieting signal on a Yaesu FT, the Icom was extremely noisy. Same antenna and cable as the Yaesu.
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