How to Program Icom Radios

By Patrick Nelson
How to Program Icom Radios
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Icom transceivers have memory channels used to store radio frequencies and the associated repeater information. The operating frequency, the duplex direction with an offset frequency, the sub-audible tone encoder, the tone squelch (and other tones) and skip information can all be programmed into a memory channel. You’ll need to get the required information from your repeater operator or radio club before starting the programming.

Step 1

Push the "VFO" (Variable Frequency Oscillator) button. This button will change the frequency.

Step 2

Set the frequency you want to store. At the same time, you will set the other data-like repeater information. Press "H/L/Set" for one second and the radio will enter set mode. Press “Tone” repeatedly until “rT” appears, then rotate the dial to select the sub-audible tone you need. Push "VFO/Clear" to exit the set mode.

Step 3

Press “Tone” again until “OW” appears and rotate the dial to the required offset. Press “VFO/Clear” to exit.

Step 4

Verify that the frequency you want is still on the screen and press “S.MW” for a brief moment. “MR” should flash on the display.

Step 5

Rotate the dial to the channel you want to use to store the frequency and its associated repeater data.

Step 6

Press “S.MW” for one second to program the radio. “MR” will stop flashing and the frequency will be programmed at the channel you chose.

About the Author

Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication "Producer Report" and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School.