Fast Forward 20 years To the much advanced technology & user friendlyness of
todays Scanners. & gizmo's ???
Enter the ICOM IC-R20 Super fabtastic wide ranging singing dancing wet dream
of a handheld scanner........Yeah Right
For The the Ripp off sum of �314.95 this is what you get as well as the
A total load of bollocks, Not one peice of logic went into the design, If
you expect to get into all the action without missing anything, Well think
again!!!! for a start youll need to go through a deep meditation session
each time you face the user manual youi wont progress or understand anything
its trying to tell you but it might help you n stop you thowing the thing at
the wall at the sheer frustration of trying to grasp atleast a modicum of
what you are doing when you press one of the many multifunctioned 1 sec or 2
sec's time pressed has different funtion nuttons...Im on my second week
now.............Still no further understanding this �300 rubiks cube,,,And
now im thinking of setting up an ICOM IC-R20 Self help n Recovery group//
I gave up trying to understand it now i just press a button to see what
happens if i pick something up its a bonus, but holding my head in
different directions i dont know whick is best the ICOM or one of my amalgum
What is the problem you are having with it? Is it entering the frequencies
channels? You might find in 20 years that a lot of what you used to listen
has vanished to "o2-Airwave" or other digital and/or data systems. I got a
Pro34 when it was first sold in 1988 and used that for 20 years non-stop.
was brilliant, but as the years went by the number of things that could be
listened to also went. First it was mobile phones, they vanished from
and then things like PMR services went. Finally a few years ago all the
service traffic vanished. So the only thing the scanner was good for was
aircraft and PMR446 and the occasional POCSAG pager data using a
and also computer program. I would say that about 5 years ago if you bought
scaner you would think your aerial was faulty or the scanner was broken.
Now even the TV audio has gone! So mine is sitting in the original box in
loft as it's useless. In November 1988 it cost �249 from Tandy.
Even taxis have gone digital and with the cheap cost of mobiles it has put
PMR business "out of business".
So I am not sure if you are disappointed with not being able to master a
function as described in the handbook or whether you are annoyed at
possibly being misled in to thinking there was still anything you would be
to listen to.
If I paid that much for a scanner now I would also be annoyed to monitor
frequencies that are no longer used.
"IanT" <noe...@email.co.uk> wrote in message
Then there's the Name Snobs, Ya know those who think if something says ICOM
Yeasu Kenwood etc its got to be good......... so they buy one & like saying
how much it cost them....but not admitting their disappointment after
comparing to stuff much cheaper........ So If i was going for a Hf 0-30mhz
Comms receiver Id go for a Realistic pro 394 Same with the scanner Id go for
a realistic pro 2006,,,,Save all those dollars/Pounds n buy a better antenna
system instead of a NAME
So lets here some positive things about the ICOM IC-R20 from anyone out
there to maybe alter my opinion.... Perhaps no one out there who bought one
doesn't want to admit that its lost them as far as driving it....Oh another
little titbit computer control??? forget that to nothing works without hours
of tweaks searching for the free software that no one can find without
paying for it,,,,& not to mention software that is supposed to be compatible
not or ever working........
There is one thing that seems to work as one would expect, n that the built
in digital recorder.....As to record you press record HALLELUJJA & that what
it does.....But setting it to record on an open squelch or changing the
record quality now that another matter I haven't even looked at yet....
Dont get me wrong if ICOM or someone could write a user manual that helped
you understand what the thing was doing & how you could make it do what you
wanted to do that would be so much better...I'm not stupid I know there are
folks out there with one of these who have gave up on it, or use it the best
way they can, but without the superdupa functions it has being used..
What with the multi function buttons n useful features hidden in the
extended menu This only leaves you either looking at the manual or trying
to suss it out yourself either way while you doing this,,,,,your not
enjoying your scanner/receiver for the intended purpose you bought it....And
that is to Listen to it........End of Nuff said
"Greg" <nos...@noreply.com> wrote in message
The first scanner I bought, around 25 years ago, I had to return it because
I simply could not understand how to work it (I'm afraid I can't remember
what it was called). I swapped it for a Yupiteru which was much easier.
Brian Gregory. (In the UK)
To email me remove the letter vee.
"Steve" <bl...@blank.com> wrote in message
The good news is after about 24hrs of brain storming, I finally find I am
begining to learn how to do a few basic things with the R20, its all about
pressing a button and turning a dial and giving a frequency a channel number
before moving it around,thats what ive found.
I must say I agree with you. I had one here last year (not my own) but it
was here because the owner had no idea how to use it and set it up. I did
master it, and sucessfully entered over 150 memories including some that
were splits etc, and I even managed to enter name tags and little logos for
the various services. However this was no easy task and it took me several
nights to do the job. A few weeks later the person who owned it called
round to ask me if I could 'DO IT AGAIN' as they had reset it somehow by
mistake. I wont be doing it again!!!! It was not a job I would want to do
I understand that it can be set up using a USB data cable and a PC. Maybe
that would be your best option maybe?
I wont be exploring this option though as I have no interest in getting
involved with it anymore.