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kestrel
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.

Thanks

Bear
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.

AustinWolv
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.
http://www.lonestarairsoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3542&highlight=GMRs
http://www.austinairsoft.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25995&postcount=6

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

Info on both ICOM and GMRS license:
http://www.austinairsoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3959&highlight=GMRs

Vince
02-23-2008, 03:09 AM
http://www.reddogradios.com/index.php?target=products&product_id=29800

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.

Mir
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.

http://www.abc-comm.com/ICOM_F4.htm

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

AW:
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.

Vince:
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.


EDIT:
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.
http://www.lonestarairsoft.com/forums/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=3360&nocache=1

kestrel
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.

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

Alloy
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.

AustinWolv
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

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

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

Enjoy the radio.

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

Along with a new love of furries.

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