View Full Version : ICOM questions

02-23-2008, 12:57 AM
I've decided to upgrade from a Motorola talkabout to a more powerful radio. I know that ICOMs are fairly popular, but their prices (even when purchased used) can be a bit scary at times. In my search for a radio I came across the ICOM F-21GM. It operates at up to 4 watts, is pre-programmed for several GMRS and FRS stations and can be purchased for around $140 brand new.

Specification Page (http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/landmobile/consumer/f21gm/specifications.aspx)

My main question is:
Would this be suitable for airsoft?(ie, would I be able to access the FRS stations typically used during skirmishes)

The manual Reads:

Channel 9 15 are shared with FRS channels. You can
communicate with any FRS radios on these 7 channels

I assume this means that it would work, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.


02-23-2008, 01:52 AM
From my experience, stick with the F4 series. There are one or two people around who can program it for you if needed for a small service fee.

02-23-2008, 02:52 AM
kestrel, drop Hammerhead or shakman a line, as I believe they both have extensive experience with the ICOMs and can lead you to a cost-effective solution. Others might as well that I'm unaware of, but I know HH can for sure.

Be aware that having the extra output power on the GMRS freqs technically means you should pick up a FCC license. It is relatively cheap.

Price has been pushed up to $85 though, as I recently had to renew mine.

Info on both ICOM and GMRS license:

02-23-2008, 03:09 AM

Tom Ohlsson is a top notch dude.

Ask for the 'Airsoft Arizona' program. We don't get any kickbacks or anything, but he programs it for FRS/GMRS.

The radio hardware itself is old but everything else is brand new (screens, plastics, buttons).

ICOMs are what all the cool kids have.

02-23-2008, 09:53 AM
I was able to get a Icom IC-F4 on ebay for 50$ (radio, new battery pack, AA battery pack) It was not programed so shakman did it for me.


02-23-2008, 01:43 PM
Thanks for all the replies,

In my search for radios I ran across that tidbit licensing of information. I'm certainly not looking forward to shelling out the extra cash but for 5 years of coverage it isn't too bad.

Its funny that you should mention that site; I had run across it and the prices of the refurbished units seemed to be pretty appealing. Its good to hear someone vouch for the quality of thier products.

Well, I ended up buying an F4S. I suppose it'll be better to spend a few extra bucks and have something thats proven to be adequate.

Mad Irishman
02-25-2008, 01:47 PM
I see that you bought an F4S (congrats!). I wanted to add that I run an F14 which is a model a lot of people aren't familiar with. It's a 4w with 16 channels. It's a very simple compact design that has a knob on top for volume and a knob for the channels. I find it's a very easy to use model. It also has the side connectors with locking screws for the headset. Mine came with a 2000MaH Li-ion battery that seems to last forever on a charge. Picking up an Icom was by far the best investment I've spent in airsoft.

02-28-2008, 04:49 PM
A little follow up:

I took Vince's advice and ordered from Red Dog.

He's right. The owner, Tom Ohlsson, is fantastic. The level of customer service he offers is superb. I'd highly recommends him.

02-28-2008, 05:08 PM
Congrats on your new Icom.

02-28-2008, 10:28 PM
Ditto. I've run an Icom F4GS for 4 years now and would recommend them to anyone looking for a powerful radio in a small package.

02-28-2008, 11:31 PM
Ditto. I've run an Icom F4GS for 4 years now and would recommend them to anyone looking for a powerful radio in a small package.

It sitting in a closet doesn't really count as "running" it, Alloy. :p

02-29-2008, 08:41 AM
I took Vince's advice

This is usually most people's first step towards prosperity.

Enjoy the radio.

02-29-2008, 09:22 AM
This is usually most people's first step towards prosperity.

Along with a new love of furries.

02-29-2008, 11:43 AM
Woah, I dunno what your idea of prosperity is, but, if you like that, that's cool.