R8500 Blocked

pittsville

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I bought an R8500 years ago and it was sold as unblocked. I asked the seller if it was modified or if it was made as an unblocked radio. He said it was sent from the factory as an unblocked model.

I used it for a long time and for some reason, it is now blocked but it can tune the blocked frequencies if I use the software control program. Seems sort of strange to me. I think I looked at the box and it indicated that the radio was an open model. I am just posting this for information. I don't think there is a solution. I have tried the reset procedure.
 

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What are you hoping to listen to? As far as I know there is no analog radio activity on those frequencies.
 

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Not sure where you (or the seller for that matter) live(d), but did you, or to your knowledge the seller, ever send it back to Icom for a repair? I have heard of situations with various scanners/receivers where an unblocked model being used for consumer level purchases in the US that during a repair the company may have removed the ability for receiving cellular frequencies, or simply put "blocked" it. While it's absolutely ludicrous at this point it is still a law in the US that they'll be blocked. Just curious.

You say the software can "tune" the blocked frequencies...but are you actually hearing transmissions on them? What software?
 

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I'd say it has something to do with your thread from Feb 2010.
 

pittsville

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I know there is nothing there to listen to. I just thought it was odd that it happened. The software I refer to is the ICOM program made for the R8500. I have never sent the radio to Icom or anyone else for repair.
 
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