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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Icom IC-211 Help


Reviews Summary for Icom IC-211
Icom IC-211 Reviews: 15 Average rating: 3.1/5 MSRP: $250
Description: 2m all mode base rig
Product is not in production.
More info: http://www.icomclassic.com
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K7VO Rating: 4/5 Aug 28, 2003 19:06 Send this review to a friend
Much better than it's reputation  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Here is another rig, much like the IC-701, that takes a thrashing on eHam and some online forums. The problems described are, indeed, real, but a good working Icom IC-211 is an excellent radio.

The rig puts out anywhere from under 1W to 10W, adjustable, SSB, CW, and FM. There is no allowance for AM. No memories, but you can set the two VFOs to track if you want to tune around the FM/repeater portion of the band. This rig really wasn't built with repeaters in mind, and for the cost of an external tone box with a switch you can buy a good, used FM rig. This radio is really for the SSB/CW weak signal operator. The receiver is outstanding for a radio of the IC-211s vintage, and much better than some fairly deaf 1980s Kenwood or Yaesu rigs. A preamp is not really necessary with an IC-211.

The main reliability issue were the eyelets/feedthrougs on the two sided boards, as others have commented. Here's the good news: if the radio is still working that repair was almost certainly done, probably years ago. If you have to do the work it's more time consuming and painstaking than difficult. With some coaching I did manage to repair an IC-245/SSB with the problem, and if I can do it anyone can if they know which end of a soldering iron to hold.

The only show stopper for the IC-211 is if the CMOS LSI chip fails. There are no spares. This is the sort of problem facing ALMOST ALL 25 year old radios which have at least one proprietary chip, even the ones rated as 5s.

The bad reviews have depressed the price of this rig. You can often find a good, used one in the $150 price range. Mint ones are only a little more. If you can verify that the rig is working and problem free the IC-211 is a very good way for a ham on a very limited budget to get on 2m SSB/CW.
 
SM7UYJ Rating: 3/5 Aug 1, 2003 12:30 Send this review to a friend
Ok rigg if modified!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was my fist 2m radio (in 1996), and I have had a couple off them since. Do NOT use the radio with an amplifier if you have'nt done the mod for the VCO! You will cause splatter and located in a crowded area you will not be popular! I would also recomend a new input stage if you are planing on using the radio for loong haul SSB/CW work. Put in a BF981 in mine and it made a big differance. So as previously mentioned you should not be a stranger with your soldering iron if you plan on owning this radio. But if you put in some work, you get a cheap 2m allmode that works ok!
 
VE6XX Rating: 3/5 Apr 20, 2001 01:16 Send this review to a friend
only for the technically apt  Time owned: more than 12 months
Greetings: The IC-211 was a late 70ies offering from Icom, paralelling the IC-245, IC-22A, IC-22S,
IC-701 etc. These radios were notorious for a series of problems mostly related to the eyelets on the PC boards, that connected one side of the board to the other. The radios all worked well when they worked, but few were without problems.
Since these radios are all 20 or more years of age, I am amazed that any are still in operation.
Their design was good, only the implementation
was lacking. If the boards have been repaired properly, I expect that they will work a long time
I personally would not recommend any of this series to anyone who is not capable of carrying out their own repairs. I doubt Icom still supports them. Brian, VE6XX
 
WA6STC Rating: 4/5 Apr 19, 2001 21:19 Send this review to a friend
Got my used IC-211 off of Ebay. Radio works satisfactory.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Picked up the all mode 2 meter off of Ebay. The radio works fine on FM and USB. The first thing you will need to do is install a Tone Encoder. The Communications Specialists outboard TE-32 works nicely. Tone input is to the vertical coated end of R162. If there is no manual or schmatic, they are available on Ebay on CDROM. The power output of this radio is variable from 1-10Watts on FM and full 10Watts out on SSB (Not adjustable). The radio has 2 VFOs so you can setup whatever offset you need for FM. If you are looking for a 2 mtr allmode that won't cost you a ton of money, I would recommend the IC-211. Its kinda old, but its performance is more than satisfactory.
 
KD5MID Rating: 5/5 Apr 19, 2001 12:32 Send this review to a friend
ic-211  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Great radio.
 
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