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Antenna Connector for IC-F43GS

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Jun 15, 2016
*I originally posted this yesterday in the Vertex forum, but the portable radio we'll be using is now an ICOM IC-F43GS.

I need to connect an outdoor antenna, to the ICOM portable. We'll be using LMR200 but I'm not sure what size adapter will be required to connect the coax to the portable. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Jul 27, 2005
Point Nemo.
Icom sells it as a "test" adapter. It goes to a female BNC.

Icom will strongly state it's for temporary testing ONLY and not intended for any other use. These sorts of adapters with coax put a lot of stress on the weakest part of the radio.

While you may not have any other option, I'd strongly encourage you to use a mobile radio if at all possible.
Oct 15, 2012
+1 on only being temporary. I managed to pop the connector off of the circuit board on one of mine that way. Like many handheld radios the antenna connector is soldered to the main circuit board. After using the adapter a while, strain causes damage.

Using a pigtail adapter can help this, but mobile radios are always better for this type of use.

My F43GS radios are getting pretty old and worn now. But great radios for what they are.


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Jul 22, 2009
Watertown, NY
If you do decide to use this configuration, use something a little more flexible between the adapter and the LMR200. A short pigtail will save your radio from damage.
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