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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Icom IC-27A/H Help

Reviews Summary for Icom IC-27A/H
Icom IC-27A/H Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.1/5 MSRP: $329.00
Description: Icom 2 meter mobile from mid to late 80s
Product is not in production.
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KA4AQM Rating: 5/5 Sep 30, 2014 05:48 Send this review to a friend
Built like a brick....  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned & operated this radio as original owner since Aug 1986 (27A). It has never given me a problem. Managed to locate a voice announcer which is nice to make the radio complete. I paid $279 for it and by today's standards that's quite a bit. It still puts out full power on high, audio is great, does not ever get hot, digits read clear, knobs fully functional. If you find one....turn it on, make sure pots are all functional and that it puts out power. Then BUY IT! Don't think you will regret it.
W6RV Rating: 5/5 Oct 8, 2013 19:30 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
My Icom 27a was the first rig I bought before I rec'd my first call sign in 1989. It has served me flawlessly as a mobile rig, as a packet radio for the DX cluster in the Bay Area and now as a base station radio in the Ham shack. Nostalgic and dependable.
I took it out of service as my primary mobile rig because I bought a Kenwood TM-731a, another excellent mobile radio. I still have the 731a and as all of you know, an excellent radio, and quite versatile.
I have owned an Icom 47a and it worked great for many years and unfortunately sold it.
Today I got the 27a out of it's box, hooked it up to a Diamond X200a antenna and it's working great and tripping repeaters without a problem!
KB6QXM Rating: 2/5 Nov 9, 2012 22:49 Send this review to a friend
Stopped working  Time owned: more than 12 months
I would have given it a good rating, but I powered up the rig after 20+ years of the radio sitting on the shelf. I powered it up and it did not transmit. I am quite disappointed and believe that the repair would exceed the value of the radio.
IK8TEO Rating: 5/5 Apr 18, 2011 15:01 Send this review to a friend
Reliable  Time owned: more than 12 months
Mine IC 27H, 27 years old, is serving as APRS digipeater HP over an high mountain for years, without batting an eyelid.
Sensitive, selective, indestructible.
Francesco IK8TEO
JA2XXXSWL Rating: 2/5 Feb 3, 2011 23:24 Send this review to a friend
Good features, but...  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I will be short - all good apart from fault of Vol and SQL potenciometers. As result i wouldn't recommend to buy this RIG, if pots hasn't been replaced recently
RADIOWEENIE Rating: 5/5 Apr 6, 2007 06:48 Send this review to a friend
Oldie but goodie  Time owned: more than 12 months
Am running ICOM radios in 3 cars. This IC-27A is 20 years old and is installed in a Toyota T100. Judging from comments received over the air, it is one of the best radios i have ever owned. It is durable, rugged, and reliable. I have used it all over the country and its performance is nothing short of flawless, impressive, and outstanding.
W4VD Rating: 5/5 Jan 8, 2007 07:27 Send this review to a friend
Good little radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I would have to give this one a 5, I picked up one used for the W4VD-R Echolink Node and it's been a solid performer, good audio coming and going,

Low cost, high performance
W8WZ Rating: 4/5 Dec 7, 2006 17:18 Send this review to a friend
Good Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had mine for years, and have used it mobile in many cars/trucks and in several home station setups also. It has always worked great. It doesn't have modern features like, direct freq input, or tone decode, but it does what I need it to do. I have no complaints.
SE6M Rating: 1/5 May 20, 2006 05:07 Send this review to a friend
Very bad rig - in my opinion  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have own this rig since late 80's. First years it works good, but after some time the volume and squelch knob starts to malfunction. The potentiometers for these knobs was dead and after exchange of this, the rig was working again. One year later the both potentiometers was dead again.
New exchange of potentiometers...
Now also the display starts to dim, hard to see the frequency even inside dark room's.
Last year the radio was completely dead, no audio, no display, no transmit, only little "hum" in the loudspeaker...

I have been owner for many ICOM's, but this is the worst rig I have owned my 22 years as Ham-amateur.

SE6M Mats
N3EAY Rating: 5/5 Nov 20, 2005 02:30 Send this review to a friend
A little workhorse  Time owned: more than 12 months
This little radio puts out! It has been a faithful little workhorse for many years now. One of the things I like the most is it's performance. We put it on a spectrum analyser and it was tighter than a lot of commercial radios.
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