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Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Icom IC-215 Help

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AH6RH  Rating: 5/5 Apr 30, 2007 21:16  Send this review to a friend!
My first VHF Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
Back in the goold ol' days of upgrading from a Novice to a Tech, I went out immediately and bought the IC-215. As a poor student, it took a pretty penny to buy the basic rig. It came with 146 Mhz crystals for .94 simplex, .34/.94, .22/.82, .28/.88 and .52 simplex.

It has a built-in whip antenna which screws into the top/back section. And, it has a SO-239 connector to attach a coax-fed antenna. The external power jack was I think a 2.1 mm coaxial power connector. The two side covers snap off revealing the discrete component insides. Nothing but caps, resistors, inductors and a couple of IC chips. None of these SMT devices or monolithic finals.

It puts out .5 watts on low power, and 3.0 watts on high. There's a light switch to the left of the power control that turns on the internal lighting. The front panel has a multi-position switch that turns on the radio and selects either the main dial of 12 crystal positions, or three independent crystal positions -- like a 3 selection call channel.

The radio has a built-in discriminator, which you can use to zero the receiver by plugging in a 50 microamp centered meter (good luck on finding one these days).

It uses Icom's 4-pin mike standard. This is the same as the IC-22S, and contrasts with the 3-pin IC-22A and the 8-pin IC-22U.

Took it hiking to the top of a 4,000 ft mountain ridge in a back-pack, and hit the repeater 100 miles away with no strain.

The bigger brother to this radio is the IC-22A mobile. Bought one of those on eBay too, and am enjoying it as well.

Great rig. I still have it and won't part with it.

Ron Hashiro, AH6RH
Honolulu, HI
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