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Kilo
04-19-2005, 09:57 PM
Guys,

Found two ICOM's on ebay. They are listed as the ICOM F21S RC. 440-470 mhg range with 4 watts power. They come with two Otto Explorer headsets.

Question: anyone have any experience with these radios? Or the Otto Explorer headsets?

Thanks

AustinWolv
04-19-2005, 10:06 PM
A number of local players use ICOM radios. Sorry I cannot help out more as I have little experience with them. Look up Hammerhead, as he is one person that uses them. There is also a player in SA that can program them for you, I believe.

I'm assuming you are aware of needing a GMRS license if you wish to transmit on those channels above 1W?
http://www.austinairsoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6215&highlight=gmrs

Kilo
04-19-2005, 10:08 PM
Wolv,

yes to the FCC license above 1 watt...thanks for the reply on the radios too...

HammerHead
04-20-2005, 09:40 AM
Guys,

Found two ICOM's on ebay. They are listed as the ICOM F21S RC. 440-470 mhg range with 4 watts power. They come with two Otto Explorer headsets.

Question: anyone have any experience with these radios? Or the Otto Explorer headsets?

Thanks

The IC-F21 series has a very limited channel capacity. While it will suit your needs to communicate with users of other FRS and GMRS radios, you might find the channel limitations frustrating at large events, where a broader spectrum of channels are in use.

I would personally recommend looking for an ICOM in the IC-F4 series. They're more versatile, have a larger channel group and we already have several program configurations for them.

I use an IC-F4-S2 and an IC-F4GS.

Kilo
04-20-2005, 11:15 AM
Thanks Hammer!!!

I'll keep looking...and go for the F4 series...

Are you going to OP Chem Track?

Kilo
04-20-2005, 11:29 AM
Hammer,

Any difference between F4GS and F4GS-2 ?

HammerHead
04-20-2005, 12:35 PM
Pretty sure I'll be there.

I don't know the difference off the top of my head. However, I'm pretty comfortable saying that it's marginal and either one will suit your needs. More than likely the difference is a ten-key-pad.

AustinWolv
04-20-2005, 12:47 PM
http://www.icomamerica.com/land_mobile/portableuhf/icf4gtmain.asp#f4gs

A cursory glance through their site didn't reveal details on a F4GS-2. Perhaps a newer revision, as I don't know.

Kilo
04-20-2005, 08:59 PM
Hammer and Wolv,

Thanks for the feedback!!!

And it's so cool how much you two give to the community here. Just awesome...

Robert

AustinWolv
04-20-2005, 10:14 PM
We try where we can. :)

Ralph Wiggum
04-21-2005, 08:17 AM
I use an IC-F4 that I purchased on eBay.

http://www.icomamerica.com/land_mobile/portableuhf/icf4main.asp#f4s (TOP OF THE PAGE)
http://www.icomamerica.com/land_mobile/images/icf4sm.jpg

It has a 16 key keypad that allows the radio to be programmed on the field. I have never actually used this option and probably never will, but it is there for those that need it.

I used a Cobra 2 watt radio for a long time and my Icom just blows it away. The 4 watt output makes all the difference on the larger fields (1 watt selectable). Anyhow, the Icom is a great radio overall.

Kilo
04-30-2005, 03:28 PM
Got an ICOM F-4GS in the 490-550 MHz range...

Anyone know how to program it to 440-470?

Thanks,
Robert, aka Kilo One One

HammerHead
04-30-2005, 03:39 PM
An F-4GS shouldn't be programmable to the 490-550 MHz range. Are you sure you got the right radio? Or, perhaps, you got an F40 model? I'd need to see pics before I can tell you wether or not we can get it programmed properly.

Kilo
04-30-2005, 11:54 PM
Hammer,

Only camera is on my phone and it sucks.

Going to Hunters tommorrow? I'll bring it out and let you look at it.

Thanks