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Old 03-28-2018, 3:46 AM
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Default IC-R30 release date

Icom announced on 26 March 2018 that the IC-R30 will be available from the end of March.

Link is in Japanese but most browsers will translate automatically.

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Default Can it compete?

I was about to write this one off because it has been so long since it was announced and there has been no word whatsoever about its capabilities. I'll be curious to see what it can do if it ever materializes but in the time since it was announced Uniden and AOR have promised some impressive radios. This is an exciting time to be a radio enthusiast.
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Hello,

It looks interesting, but seems to be missing some digital modes like DMR.

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Default Icon R30

More info from the previous posters (post?) ha...

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User manual. It needs to be translated

http://www.icom.co.jp/support/download/manual/MnaDwnNew1.php?SWT=&ID=20180329004&GNR=%83A%83}%83 `%83%85%83A%96%B3%90%FC%8B@%8A%ED&CAT=%8E%F3%90M%8 B@&TYPE=%8Cg%91%D1%8B@&PDNM=IC-R30&INQWORDSWT=No&INQWORD=&FLG1=

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It looks interesting, but seems to be missing some digital modes like DMR.

73 Eric
Icom don't manufacture any products that use DMR. NXDN and D-Star are their lines. I doubt they will spend money for access to DMR when they don't sell it commercially.
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I was about to write this one off because it has been so long since it was announced and there has been no word whatsoever about its capabilities. I'll be curious to see what it can do if it ever materializes but in the time since it was announced Uniden and AOR have promised some impressive radios. This is an exciting time to be a radio enthusiast.
Built-in GPS, dualwatch, and Bluetooth are all features lacking from AOR and Uniden receivers

And I'm going to guess at a US release date of October/November
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I agree that those are all useful features. Personally I wish all radios came with Bluetooth. I see that as a huge advantage and the Icom also promises a much wider frequency range. Like I said, it's a good time to be a radio enthusiast.
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84,800 yen = about US$800... interesting radio, but I will pass.
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I usually like ICOM's products, but I was never really impressed with their handheld receivers.

The specs on this IC-R30, at least in analog mode, leave much to be desired. Both sensitivity and selectivity are lacking. It seems that instead of actually using current technology to be innovative, ICOM simply added a few token digital modes (APCO Phase I), threw in analog reception on par with the old IC-R20 (Which has a sub-par front end that tends to easily overload) and called it a day.

At about $800, it's way overpriced in my opinion.
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I have a few P25 conventional frequencies that I like listening to in my area. Plus the duel watch feature is awesome and a must have for me.
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I'm with you on dual watch. As an avid airband monitor I think it is brilliant feature, especially at airshows.
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I saw a video on you tube with what appears to be the IC R30. The IC R30 was on a airport ATIS frequency. The antenna was swapped out to 2 other ICOM radios showing the signal strength and audio quality. It appears the IC R30 did not perform too well.The audio sounded like my IC R20. I hope this radio will perform better when released.
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And yet another video poped up on YouTube of the R30. This time audio was exelent. It looked like a recorded aviation audio.
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What do people hope to listen to up there at 3 GHz?
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There is a Japanese unboxing video of the ICOM IC R30 on youtube.
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Sometimes I wish I could speak Japanese...
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I wish he would have had the volume up enuff to hear the audio. It's a cool looking radio though.
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Default Scanner diffrent from Communication Receivers.

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I was about to write this one off because it has been so long since it was announced and there has been no word whatsoever about its capabilities. I'll be curious to see what it can do if it ever materializes but in the time since it was announced Uniden and AOR have promised some impressive radios. This is an exciting time to be a radio enthusiast.
newinfo - ICOM has full specs of IC-R3OA on the Japanese website in English. now a reply to " Can it compete " Communication Receivers are different from scanners. Radios like the ICOM IC-R30A and the AOR DV-10 offer continuous coverage (minus cellular) where as scanner like the Uniden SDS100 and Whistler scanners have limited frequency ranges they operate. this is to save money. Radios like the ICOM and AOR also receive more Modes of Demodulation. they are geared for receiving Amatuer radio transmission modes and while they do Digital modes now, they don't have the Ability to follow Analog or Digital trunking. the ICOM and AOR radios can receive Digital simplex . but Uniden and Whistler scanners cannot Demodulate AM broadcast,CW, SSB and some Amatuer digital modes. also, Scanners usually have VERY limited steps for tuning and do NOT use filtering of audio like Communication Receivers can.
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I'm seriously looking at purchasing both the ICOM and the AOR. If the Uniden SDR100 turns out to be a good radio, I may get that too.
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