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Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-R3 Communications Receiver
ICOM  IC-R3  Communications Receiver Reviews: 18 Average rating: 3.2/5 MSRP: $599.00
Description: Handheld video scanner
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DEEZNUTZ Rating: 5/5 Nov 3, 2002 01:46 Send this review to a friend
Nice radio but a bit expensive  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Have had this radio now for about two weeks and really havent been able to put it down! I've read the reviews and just about every one of them said this radio sux. But since I dont believe everything I read, I decided to get one and I'm glad I did. The BNC connector allows me to use any antenna I want. This thing does FM TV where as I have read that it doesnt. As for software to program it, do a search for "ic-r3 software" and I'm sure something will come up. It is a bit on the rocket scientist side to program without it. Get you a 2.4 ghz directional yagi like they use on wireless LANs and you can pick up X-10 cams from a few blocks away (you would be surprised how many people use those things!) I am really happy with this radio although I can say it is expensive and aint worth the 350.00 bucks I paid for it. 150.00 would be a good price. Cant wait for the hard core ham guyz to open this baby up and get the mods to come out for this thing!
K7CF Rating: 1/5 Oct 30, 2002 07:32 Send this review to a friend
2.4 GHZ TV Poor Sensitivity  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought this ICR3 for Ham TV use and to monitor 2.4 and 1.2 GHZ signals. In the meantime, I came across a Radio Shack Baby Monitor on sale that transmited on 2435 GHZ and thought this would be a good test platform. The Monitor included a BW camera and BW TV with built in 2435 GHZ Transmitter on the camera and 2435 GHZ Receiver on the TV. The radio Shack works well, I can receive a strong signal on the TV everywhere in the house. The R3 on the other hand, only receives signal when it is within 12 feet of the transmitter, invert mode, but when trying to recieve where the BW Radio Shack TV is located in house about 40 feet, there is only raster and little signal. In other words, this little R3 is DEAF! I spent money on directional antennas from Ramsey and it is STILL DEAF. I do not think the R3 I have is defective, I think it is part of the design and 2.4GHZ TV is just a gimick function, there is no way the R3 can hear or receive on 2.4 GHZ unless you are right next to the transmitter. The Radio Shack store where I bought the Baby Monitor had another wireless security camera that I picked up but here again, you have to be in the store. Trying to use all the functions is "Menu Challenging", not logical. This is a lot of money to pay for a "Glorified $79" LCD TV. Evidently it has great potential if it was NOT SO DEAF. I like to think it is just mine, defective but judging from others who are having the same trouble, it is not just me. I would be interested in knowing if others experienced the same finding, Deaf 2.4 GHZ IC R3. Good Picture on regular TV, but so was the $79 LCD radio shack TV I traded along with cash and other ham gear for this Deaf R3. Before you buy, take the IC-R3 to Radio Shack and see if it hears their in door security camera.
NI0C Rating: 4/5 Jan 16, 2002 17:07 Send this review to a friend
All purpose scanner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Sincere thanks to the previous reviewers of this wide range scanning receiver for helping me make an informed purpose. Things I like about it include:
* Video quality and screen options
* Good ergonomics for operation
* BNC Antenna connection
* Double-hinged antenna that folds against case for storage
* Computer software for programming

Drawbacks include:
* Extra cost for the software and cable
* Poor image rejection (noticeable on 2 meters)
* Poor sensitivity on AM broadcast band

Accessories that I consider a must are: leather case for protection of the LCD; and the programming software (as mentioned before). By the way, the software allows you to store files of programs on your computer hard drive. These files can be edited and created without hooking up the radio. You can then customize the radio by reading in the contents of a file, programming any or all of the 400 memories for a particular purpose. Life is too short to consider manually programming this radio using the few knobs and buttons available.
WD5KCA Rating: 0/5 Dec 24, 2001 09:17 Send this review to a friend
Beware  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Very poor performance on the AM BC band. Weak reception and very noisey. A little better on SW BC. With an external antenna the performance is ok but still very noisey. FM BC is pretty good. With headphones this radio sounds pretty good.

As a VHF/UHF scanner, I think this radio does fine.

On BC TV, the receiver does a very good job. The picture is excellent and reception is better than my console TV with rabbit ears.

This big problem with this receiver is power consumption. You will get less than 1 hour of TV viewing on one charge, then it takes 15 HOURS to fully recharge. The supplied wall wart charger is underpowered, so you cannot operate the receiver on AC while charging the battery.

I agree with Philtroy below, get yourself a Watchman, a cheap AM/FM BC receiver and a regular audio only scanner.

MARK Rating: 5/5 Nov 28, 2001 13:19 Send this review to a friend
this scanner in the best  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
i must say that this scanner has it all and more. you can never get tired of it. it does tv,radio,scanner,and wireless video. i am ejoyin this scanner alot. just got it and i think its going to take a while to go out of style.
PHILTROY Rating: 1/5 Oct 9, 2001 03:04 Send this review to a friend
Pathetic  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I was one of the first to jump on this, paying over 550 bucks for it. The only positive about the rcrap3 is the excellent television picture quality. As a scanner: splatter and birdies all over the band, medium wave: my shower radio is more sensitive. Has no narrow fm mode.
Finally you need a degree in aerospace engineering to operate this piece of dung. My a 200 dollar watchman and a sangean ats yourself the heartache.
RUZY Rating: 5/5 Aug 12, 2001 23:48 Send this review to a friend
Very Good Handheld Receiver  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This is the first radio receiver can display TV screen. Sensitive and very good reception in TV, UHF and VHF. THe HF band is so so because doesn't have SSB. Quite difficult to use if don't have manual book. Overall it's a good receiver. Although the battery is very quick drop ,especially when the LCD display on.
W3AIR Rating: 2/5 Apr 20, 2001 06:09 Send this review to a friend
Needs improvement  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Difficult to program. Inconsistent erratic
performance. Excessive power consumption.
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