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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Icom IC-2GAT Help

Reviews Summary for Icom IC-2GAT
Icom IC-2GAT Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $199.95
Description: 2 meter HT from late 1980s and early 1990s. 7 watts output. Also featured 4GAT 70cm, 12GAT 23cm, and 32at 2/70cm versions
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W8ATT Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2005 21:40 Send this review to a friend
Good Solid Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned a 2GAT for quite a while and have never any complaints about the radio. Works good, has 7 watts output, rugged, and the batteries can be rebuilt. If you want a small radio this is not the one for you but if you want a radio that performs under many conditions...this is a good choice.
KE7BIO Rating: 5/5 Aug 26, 2004 22:35 Send this review to a friend
Great first handheld!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased this radio from a family friend; it was his first as a ham back in 1991. It operates flawlessly using a 1/2 wave antenna that extends to about 36 inches or so. Had the original BP-70 NiCd battery pack rebuilt. Local repeaters are hit with no problem, even upstairs in the house! Audio is excellent; yes, case gets a little warm on HI power, it's used as a heat sink. I'd recommend this workhorse anytime!!
NE0P Rating: 4/5 Sep 12, 2003 15:07 Send this review to a friend
High powered HT!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I picked up one of these HTs recently from ebay for a decent price. My main HT is a Kenwood TH-F6A, but I have been playing with the 2GAT off and on the past week or so, and it does a good job. First off, this is a BIG radio. Much bigger than my TH-F6A. Those of you who don't like small HT and small buttons will love this radio. The display is on the top, which is different than most HTs I have owned before. That takes a little getting used to. I guess this radio is the same size as the 2at and 02at, but it seems larger.

This is the high power HT, though. It is rated at 7 watts out, but the ARRL testing showed over 8 watts out! And the supplied BP-70 is a 12 volt battery, so you can get high power out of the box-no need to buy an additional battery. Of course the radio will eat the battery pretty fast at this power level. Low power is 1 watt, which is unusual for Icom (the only other Icom HT I know of that does 1 watt on low power is the T2H). Most Icom HTs have low power settings of 500 mw which is fairly useless-so you have to use high power anyway. I have been using this HT on low power most of the time with good results.

The receiver audio is LOUD! Perfect for noisy environments and mobile work. A separate volume knob, and a real squelch knob-not some menu setting. The 2GAT has 20 memories, which is enough for most of us, and has a built in tone encoder. Programming memories is very easy on this HT, easier than most current Icom HTs. The tuning is a little unusual, where you have a separate up/down switch for the megahertz, 100khz, and the 5khz positions. This actually works pretty well, though. There is no way to enter the frequency from the keypad. Like the 2AT, the keypad is for DTMF tones and nothing else. The display is backlit, but the keys are not. Still the backlighting is a pleasant green color.

You cannot run this HT directly off of 12 volts, as there is no jack for DC in, as there is on the 02AT series. This is too bad, as it would make a very nice mobile setup. Battery life seems pretty good at low power, as I used it several days without having to recharge it. That is pretty good considering the BP-70 is a pretty low capacity battery. There are higher capacity versions available, as this HT uses the common BP2/4/5/7/8 series-and these batteries are everywhere.

Overall, this is a pretty neat HT, and will make a nice backup for me. If you are looking at a good cheap way to get on 2 meters, this will do it, especially if HT size is not important to you. If you need CTCSS decode, there is an optional unit available, but they are probably hard to find. If you live on the fringe of the repeater area, and need some power, this is the HT for you, although I understand that the case gets pretty hot at 7+ watts.
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