ICOM IC-R20 Handheld HF/VHF/UHF/SHF Scanner / receiver

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Tune in the world where ever you go. The ICOM 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.

*) Selectable depending on operating bands.

Frequency range

0.15-3305 MHz (less cellular in the US)
HAM bands
Tuning steps
0.01 / 0.1 / 5 / 6.25 / 8.33* / 9* / 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 50 / 100 kHz

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AM   FM   W-FM   CW   USB   LSB  
1.620– 4.999MHz 0.56μV
5.000– 221.999MHz 0.4μV
330.000– 832.999MHz 0.56μV
833.000– 1304.999MHz 0.71μV
1330.000–2304.999MHz 5.6μV
2330.000– 2999.999MHz 18μV

76.000– 108.000MHz 1.8μV
175.000– 221.999MHz 1.8μV
470.000– 769.999MHz 2.5μV

AM (10dB S/N)
0.495– 4.999MHz 2.2μV
5.000– 29.999MHz 1.4μV
118.000– 135.999MHz 1.4μV

SSB, CW 10dB S/N)
0.495– 4.999MHz 0.4μV
5.000– 29.999MHz 0.25μV
50.000– 53.999MHz 0.25μV
118.000– 146.999MHz 0.25μV
330.000– 469.999MHz 0.32μV
SSB, CW: > 1.8kHz/–6dB
AM, FM: > 12kHz/–6dB, < 30kHz/–60dB
W-FM: > 150kHz/–6dB
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne + down converter
Image rejection
1st: 266.7 MHz, 429.1 MHz 2nd: 19.65 MHz 3rd: 450 kHz
Audio output
100mW typ. at 10% distortion with an 8Ω load




50 Ω


Power requirements
3.7-4.5V DC (Re-chargeable Li-Ion battery pack or 3AA/R6 alkaline) or 6V DC ±5% (external)
Current drain RX
35-150 mA


Dimensions (w×h×d)
60 × 142 × 34.8 mm (2.36 × 5.59 × 1.37 in)
320 gr (11.3 oz) with antenna and BP-206
Form factor
Between 2004 and 200x in Japan

Other features

1250 channels in 1 bank(s)
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
VSC. Internal ferrite bar antenna for MW reception. NB & ANL. CI-V. CTCSS & DCS decoder. Digital recorder up to 4 hours. Twin RX.

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Price Condition Year User
USD 363.00 Good / Used 2010 eBay
USD 656.00 Mint / Used 2012 weatherradio
USD 484.95 Good / Used 2013 universal-radio
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