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IC-F221S Receive range?

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gbouwkamp

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I picked up a really clean, lightly used Icom IC-F221S at an estate sale.
Am I correct in assuming that, even with transmit inhibited, this will not receive lower that 440 mHz?
All of the public safety in my area is at 423 mHz, so am I out of luck using it as a really solid fire receiver?
 

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Doubtful you'll be able to go down to 423 meg without the VCO unlocking. Most of the newer stuff comes in 2 splits. 400-470 and 450-512. Not the case with this particular mobile.
 

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try it and see maybe?

Although it might initially lock up and then suddenly unlock if the temperature changes.
 

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Yep, tried it. The software will accept it, but when it writes to the radio all channel lights start blinking in error mode. I've loaded the local ham 440 freqs and its fine. Nice rugged little radio, wish I had the vhf version.
 

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The software will allow you to program VHF frequencies into a UHF radio. There's really no error checking in the frequency entry windows of most Icom software.

It's stupid, but hey, that's how Icom does business.
 

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Yep, tried it. The software will accept it, but when it writes to the radio all channel lights start blinking in error mode. I've loaded the local ham 440 freqs and its fine. Nice rugged little radio, wish I had the vhf version.
I've got a IC-F121 sitting at work on a shelf.
Decent basic little radio for the price range. 136-174MHz. Not the greatest, but not the worst.
 
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