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Price: $99.95
Manufacturer: Icom
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Item Description

2M FM Handheld

Detailed Description

Core Specifications
Receive Range: 136-174 MHz
Transmit Range: 144-148 MHz
Mode: FM, WFM (RX only)
Transmit Power: 5.5W, 2.5W, 0.5W
Memory Channels: 207 (including 6 scan edges and 1 call channel)

AA Alkaline Power
Perfect for long shelf life use, such as emergency kits. Same output power (5.5/2.5 or 0.5 Watt selectable) as the standard V80. The V80 SPORT comes with an alkaline tray that will hold 6 AA size batteries* . No charger required.
*Batteries are not included.

Tough Construction
Icom radios are built tough, and the IC-V80 HD – Icom's most economical 2M – is no exception. This military rugged rig offers water resistance and superior protection against dust and dirt (IP54). Compact, rugged and with plenty of power, the IC-V80 HD is ideal for basic, on-the-go ham operations.

750mW loud audio
The IC-V80 HD uses the BTL (bridge-tied load) amplifier that doubles the audio output. Every ham knows that power = current × voltage. The V80’s BTL increases the audio output by doubling the voltage delivered to the speaker.The 36mm large speaker delivers 750mW of loud and intelligible audio*. Great for noisy environments. Typical value using with internal speaker.

Powerful 5.5W of Output Power
The IC-V80 HD offers a just-right mix of power and size. 5.5 watts of high power will work to get your message through.

IP54 and MIL-STD-810 rugged construction
The dust protection and water-resistance equivalent to IP54 provides reliable operation for practical outdoor operation. The IC-V80 HD tested to and passed 11 categories of MIL-STD-810 environmental tests.

A total of 207 memory channels
The IC-V80 HD has a total of 207 memory channels, including 200 regular channels, 6 channels, including 200 regular channels, 6 scan edges and 1 call channel. The channel name is programmable with 5 characters for easy recognition.

The CTCSS and DTCS tone codes provide quiet stand-by and allow you to use tone-access repeaters. The pocket beep alerts you when a matching tone frequency is received. The tone scan detects the subaudible tone that is used for repeater access.

Internal VOX function
The IC-V80 HD has internal VOX (Voice Operated Transmit) function for convenient hands-free operation with a compatible optional headset and plug adapter cable. Also, the VOX gain and VOX delay time are adjustable.

Other features
• WX channel and weather alert function (USA version only)
• Program, memory, skip, priority and tone scans
• Power save function
• BNC type antenna connector
• Automatic repeater function (USA version only)
• 1750Hz tone for European repeater access (IC-V80E only)
• TOT (time out timer) setting
• Repeater lockout and busy channel lockout
• PC programmable with optional CS-V80
• Transceiver-to-transceiver cloning (optional)
• Direct keypad frequency entry
• DTMF memory channels
• Auto power off
• LCD backlight
• Wide/narrow channel spacing

• AA Battery case
• Antenna
• Jack cover (with screws)
• Belt clip

Dim: 2.1"w x 5.2"h x 1.4"d; 12.3 oz.

Download Manual: IC-V80

Download Brochure: IC-V80

Product Reviews

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Reviewed by jzorns
07/04/2013 - 11:31:23 PM
Great quality, but powerful, basic HT.
The first thing that strikes me about this HT is how ruggedly built it is. It gives the same solid impression that Motorola commercial or police radios give. It has a thick plastic housing, made of a resilient plastic.

The display is a basic one, not a state-of-the art dot matrix deal. When alpha characters are displayed on it, it takes a bit of thinking and getting used to. But remember, this is one area Icom saved some money in order to produce a rugged, reliable, high quality, and great-sounding radio for $100. The display is not really the most important thing, right? If it is, then look elsewhere. The display is backlit, but the keys are not. This is the one thing I'd change about this radio. If needed, they should backlight those keys and raise the price by the necessary $5, as without backlit keys, this is not a friendly mobile rig at nighttime.

There are really only two menus; the start-up menu, for settings that are uncommon to change, and the 'SET' menu, with the commonly changed features. The MOST commonly changed features don't even require a menu, but are accessed by hitting 'FUNC' and whatever the second feature of the other keys are. It's pretty easy to learn, I thought.

The right side of the radio has the cover for the speaker/mic, which is attached with two #0 phillips screws. The left side has the PTT button.

On the top, we have the BNC antenna connector and the volume knob. If you want squelch there instead of volume, it can be arranged through the 1st menu I mentioned above. (in that case, volume would move down to the arrow keys on the front keypad replacing the up/down tuning)

The belt clip is very solid; it feels commercial grade. It can easily be removed when the battery pack is off of the radio.

The latch to hold the battery pack on is nice and tight; it requires a coin to pop it loose. A screwdriver can also be used, but that dings the plastic. Coins are better.

This 'Sport' model comes with the AA battery case instead of Icom's proprietary NiMH pack and charger. I prefer this, as I can use Sanyo Eneloops, which are better anyway. (in terms of both capacity, and holding their charge on the shelf) It is also easy to carry a spare set of six AA batteries. I might even buy a spare battery case, so I can have them ready to go.

I've read elsewhere that the included duck is better than average, but I have not tried that antenna yet. Instead, I have a Smiley 5/8 wave 2m duck and an MFJ 1/2 wave telescopic that I use when out on foot. In the car, I use the MFJ 5/8 wave mag mount, which gives GREAT performance to this little radio. At home, I have the MFJ slim 1/4 wave mag mount on my window air conditioner, which gives good performance. (nearly full quieting to a repeater 4.8 miles away, which is 100' above ground level, when I'm at ground level) This, at 1/2 W.

I like the BNC connector. While there are more options each year for SMA connectors, there are still more for the BNC. Changing them out is quick too: only a press in and 1/4 turn latch, instead of screwing and screwing and screwing. Not many modern radios have a BNC.

If you read reviews elsewhere, you might see some ham-fisted or super-picky guys complain about the small power button. Even though it is small and slightly recessed in the face of the housing, one doesn't need to poke in with his fingernail to get to it. Just push hard with the thumb and hold for 1 sec. The meat of the thumb will go in there and actuate it.

I think the small, recessed 'MONI' button next to it, is more of an issue, as it takes two hands to adjust the squelch. One has to hold in the 'MONI' button with one hand, then adjust the squelch by pressing the up or down arrow keys. But let's face it, we don't REALLY need to adjust the squelch that often. When using repeaters, I find that I like it set to 4 or 5. (out of 9) If you do a lot of simplex operation, where you need to adjust that squelch often, then you are a prime candidate for switching the function of the knob to squelch, then moving volume down to the arrow keys. No biggy.

+ Loud, clear audio from the built-in speaker
+ Great sound quality on transmit
+ Pre-programmed bank of all 10 NOAA weather channels can be handy. Here in Chicagoland, I can pick up 3 of them.
+ Rugged, high quality build
+ BNC antenna connector
+ Acceptable compromises were made to keep the cost low

- Keypad is not backlit; not idea for nighttime mobile operation
- Speaker/mic cover requires a screwdriver and keeping track of two small screws to remove; I'd prefer a hinged, latching cover. I just keep that cover and the screws in a film container in a drawer, since I take this in and out of the car all the time.
- No DC input jack; I can't see how this would be adapted for long term mobile use. Since I use rechargeable batteries and don't make a lot of long, talkative trips, it has not be a problem for me. But it seems like this would have been easy to implement. Icom sells a power adapter, but there's nowhere to plug it into this radio or battery pack.

The inexpensive speaker/mic by MFJ is a good unit; saves money vs. the overpriced Icom one, and works fine. Has the jack for the headset too.

All in all, this is a GREAT little radio. I was glad to see the cost-saving points do not totally ruin it. The quality and performance are there.

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