ICOM IC-R5 Handheld HF/VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

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*) Tuning steps 8.33 and 9 kHz selectable depending on operating frequency.
New price in 2006: EUR 190.-

Frequency range

RX-range
0.150-1310 MHz (cellular blocked in USA; some ranges blocked in France)
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
6 ppm (-10C to +60C)
Tuning steps
5 / 6.25 / 8.33* / 9* / 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 50 / 100 kHz
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   W-FM  
Sensitivity
-
Selectivity
-
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 266.7 MHz
2nd: 19.65 MHz
3rd: 450 kHz
Image rejection
-
Audio output
100mW at 10% distortion, 8 ohms

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
SMA
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
2.4-3V DC (2R6/AA) or max 6V DC (5%) external
Current drain RX
41 mA (standby), 120 mA (typical), 170 mA (max)
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
58 × 86 × 27 mm (2.28 × 3.39 × 1.06 in) excluding antenna
Weight
185 gr (6.5 oz)
Form factor
Handheld
Manufactured
Between 2002 and 200x in Japan
MPN
ICOM-IC-R000005

Other features

Memories
1250 channels in 1 bank(s) @ 15 channels/second
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
CTCSS & DTCS
PC-programmable via USB
Data-cloning
Build-in battery charger
Rotary frequency dial
Ferrite bar antenna for MW
Frequency shift for duplex transmissions
Accessories
-

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Small and handy wide-band receiver

ICOM IC-R5, Handheld HF/VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

The ICOM IC-R5 is very small, it easily fits in the palm of my hand, or my coat pocket. Even with the standard, flexible, antenna it's not a problem in my inside pocket.

Programming the IC-R5 is a bit tricky. Everything has to be done with a very limited number of keys, so every key has at least 3 uses. Things like push-and-hold, push-and-push-another-button, etc. are commonplace.

The thing that I really don't like about the IC-R5 is the scanning speed. At only 15 channels/sec it is SLOW, very SLOW. ICOM should have really fixed this before shipping this receiver.

Duplex frequencies is a very nice feature of the IC-R5. This allows you to program an incoming and outgoing frequency, for instance for repeaters. Very handy. I miss this feature on many much more expensive rig.

Cheers!

Written by elmer on Mar 2, 2009

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2008
EUR 100.00

What is it worth?

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Based on historic data, today's value of the ICOM IC-R5 might be around:

  • USD 78.00
  • EUR 31.00
Price Condition Year User
EUR 100.00 Used / Good 2008 elmer
USD 157.95 New / Good 2010 universal-radio

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