IC-M2A Instruction manual
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
VHF MARINE TRANSCEIVER
iM2A
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the follow two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
SAFETY TRAINING INFORMATION
W ARN ING
Your Icom radio generates RF electromagnetic energy during
transmit mode. This radio is designed for and classified as
“Occupational Use Only”, meaning it must be used only during the course of employment by individuals aware of the hazards, and the ways to minimize such hazards. This radio is
NOT intended for use by the “General Population” in an uncontrolled environment.
This radio has been tested and complies with the FCC RF exposure limits for
“Occupational Use Only”. In addition, your Icom radio complies with the following Standards and Guidelines with regard to RF energy and electromagnetic
energy levels and evaluation of such levels for exposure to humans:
• FCC OET Bulletin 65 Edition 97-01 Supplement C, Evaluating Compliance
with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields.
• American National Standards Institute (C95.1-1992), IEEE Standard for
Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz.
• American National Standards Institute (C95.3-1992), IEEE Recommended
Practice for the Measurement of Potentially Hazardous Electromagnetic
Fields– RF and Microwave.
• DO NOT transmit for more than 50% of total radio use time (“50% duty
cycle”). Transmitting more than 50% of the time can cause FCC RF exposure compliance requirements to be exceeded. The radio is transmitting
when the “TX indicator” lights red. You can cause the radio to transmit by
pressing the “PTT” switch.
• ALWAYS use Icom authorized accessories (antennas, batteries, belt clips,
etc.). Use of unauthorized accessories can cause the FCC RF exposure
compliance requirements to be exceeded.
• ALWAYS keep the antenna at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) away from the body
when transmitting and only use the Icom belt-clips which are listed on
page 25 when attaching the radio to your belt, etc., to ensure FCC RF exposure compliance requirements are not exceeded. To provide the recipients of your transmission the best sound quality, hold the antenna at least
5 cm (2 inches) from your mouth, and slightly off to one side.
The information listed above provides the user with the information needed to
make him or her aware of RF exposure, and what to do to assure that this radio
operates with the FCC RF exposure limits of this radio.
Electromagnetic Interference/Compatibility
To ensure that your expose to RF electromagnetic energy is within the FCC allowable limits for occupational
use, always adhere to the following guidelines:
• DO NOT operate the radio without a proper antenna attached, as this may damaged the radio and may also cause
you to exceed FCC RF exposure limits. A proper antenna is the antenna supplied with this radio by the manufacturer or antenna specifically authorized by
the manufacturer for use with this radio.
C AU TIO N
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During transmissions, your Icom radio generates RF energy that can possibly
cause interference with other devices or systems. To avoid such interference,
turn off the radio in areas where signs are posted to do so. DO NOT operate
the transmitter in areas that are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation such as
hospitals, aircraft, and blasting sites.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
RECOMMENDATION
If your vessel requires assistance, contact other vessels and
the Coast Guard by sending a distress call on Channel 16.
CLEAN THE TRANSCEIVER THOROUGHLY WITH FRESH
WATER after exposure to salt water.
❍ USING CHANNEL 16
Otherwise, the transceiver’s keys, switches and controllers
may become inoperable due to salt crystallization.
DISTRESS CALL PROCEDURE
1. “MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY.”
2. “THIS IS ...........................” (name of vessel)
3. Your call sign or other indication of the vessel.
4. “LOCATED AT .....................” (your position)
5. The nature of the distress and assistance required.
6. Any other information which might facilitate
the rescue.
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FOREWORD
FEATURES
Thank you for purchasing this Icom product. The IC-M2A VHF
MARINE TRANSCEIVER is designed and built with Icom’s superior technology and craftsmanship. With proper care this
product should provide you with years of trouble-free operation.
carefully and com-
pletely before using the transceiver.
SAVE THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL—This instruction manual contains important operating instructions for
the IC-M2A.
EXPLICIT DEFINITIONS
WORD
DEFINITION
Personal injury, fire hazard or electric shock
RWARNING may occur.
CAUTION
NOTE
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Built tough to withstand the punishing marine environment, the IC-M2A meets JIS waterproof specification
grade 7 while using BP-223 or BP-224.
☞ Dual watch and tri-watch functions
IMPORTANT
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
☞ Waterproof construction
Equipment damage may occur.
If disregarded, inconvenience only. No risk
of personal injury, fire or electric shock.
Convenient functions which allow you to monitor the distress channel (Ch 16) while receiving a channel of your
choice—dual watch; or monitor the distress channel and
another channel while receiving a channel of your
choice—tri-watch.
☞ Large, easy-to-read LCD
With dimensions of 24(H) × 35(W) mm, the IC-M2A’s function display is easy to read and shows operating conditions at a glance. Backlighting and contrast can be
adjusted to suit your preferences.
☞ Simple operation
Ergonomic design with a minimum number of switches
and controls provides simple intuitive operation.
CAUTIONS
RWARNING! NEVER
connect the transceiver to an
AC outlet. This may pose a fire hazard or result in an electric
shock.
RWARNING! NEVER hold the transceiver so that the
antenna is very close to, or touching exposed parts of the
body, especially the face or eyes, while transmitting. The
transceiver will perform best if the microphone is 5 to 10 cm
(2 to 4 inches) away from the lips and the transceiver is vertical.
NEVER
connect the transceiver to a power source other
than the BP-223 or BP-224. Such a connection will ruin the
transceiver.
AVOID using or placing the transceiver in direct sunlight or
in areas with temperatures below –20°C (–4°F) or above
+60°C (+140°F).
KEEP the transceiver out of the reach of children.
KEEP the transceiver at least 0.9 meter (3.0 ft) away from
your vessel’s magnetic navigation compass.
BE CAREFUL!
The transceiver’s right-side panel will
become hot when operating continuously for long periods.
BE CAREFUL!
The IC-M2A employs waterproof construction, which corresponds to JIS waterproof specification,
grade 7 (1 m; 3 ft depth for 30 min.). However, once the transceiver has been dropped, waterproofing cannot be guaranteed due to the fact that the transceiver may be cracked, or
the waterproof seal damaged, etc.
MAKE SURE
the flexible antenna and battery pack are
securely attached to the transceiver, and that the antenna and
battery pack are dry before attachment. Exposing the inside
of the transceiver to water will result in serious damage to the
transceiver.
For U.S.A. only
CAUTION:
Changes or modifications to this device, not
expressly approved by Icom Inc., could void your authority to
operate this device under FCC regulations.
Icom, Icom Inc. and
are registered trademarks of Icom Incorporated
(Japan) in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Russia
and/or other countries.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SAFETY TRAINING INFORMATION ................................... i
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ............................................... ii
RECOMMENDATION .......................................................... ii
FOREWORD ...................................................................... iii
IMPORTANT ....................................................................... iii
EXPLICIT DEFINITIONS .................................................... iii
FEATURES ......................................................................... iii
CAUTIONS ......................................................................... iv
TABLE OF CONTENTS ...................................................... v
1 OPERATING RULES ...................................................... 1
2 PANEL DESCRIPTION ............................................... 2–5
■ Front, top and side panels............................................ 2
■ Function display .......................................................... 4
3 BASIC OPERATION ................................................... 6–9
■ Channel selection ........................................................ 6
■ Lock function ............................................................... 7
■ Adjusting the squelch level .......................................... 7
■ Receiving and transmitting .......................................... 8
■ Call channel programming .......................................... 9
■ Automatic backlighting ................................................ 9
4 DUALWATCH/TRI-WATCH .......................................... 10
■ Description ................................................................ 10
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■ Operation ................................................................... 10
5 SCAN OPERATION ................................................ 11–12
■ Scan types ................................................................. 11
■ Setting tag channels .................................................. 12
■ Starting a scan .......................................................... 12
6 SET MODE ............................................................. 13–16
■ SET mode programming ........................................... 13
■ SET mode items ........................................................ 13
7 BATTERY CHARGING ........................................... 17–19
■ Battery charging ........................................................ 17
■ Battery cautions ......................................................... 17
■ Installing batteries in the battery case ....................... 18
■ Optional battery chargers .......................................... 19
8 SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS 20–22
9 TROUBLESHOOTING .................................................. 23
10 CHANNEL LIST ........................................................... 24
11 SPECIFICATIONS AND OPTIONS .............................25
■ Specifications ........................................................... 25
■ Options ..................................................................... 25
OPERATING RULES
D Priorities
• Read all rules and regulations pertaining to priorities and
keep an up-to-date copy handy. Safety and distress calls
take priority over all others.
• You must monitor Channel 16 when you are not operating
on another channel.
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(2) OPERATOR’S LICENSE
A restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit is the license
most often held by small vessel radio operators when a radio
is not required for safety purposes.
The Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit must be
posted near the transceiver or be kept with the operator. Only
a licensed radio operator may operate a transceiver.
• False or fraudulent distress calls are prohibited under law.
D Privacy
• Information overheard but not intended for you cannot lawfully be used in any way.
• Indecent or profane language is prohibited.
D Radio licenses
However, non-licensed individuals may talk over a transceiver
if a licensed operator starts, supervises, ends the call and
makes the necessary log entries.
A current copy of the applicable government rules and regulations is only required to be on hand for vessels in which a
radio telephone is compulsory. However, even if you are not
required to have these on hand it is your responsibility to be
thoroughly acquainted with all pertinent rules and regulations.
(1) SHIP STATION LICENSE
When your craft is equipped with a VHF FM transceiver, you
must have a current radio station license before using the
transceiver. It is unlawful to operate a ship station which is not
licensed.
Inquire through your dealer or the appropriate government
agency for a Ship-Radiotelephone license. This license includes the call sign which is your craft’s identification for radio
purposes.
NOTE: Even though the IC-M2A is capable of operation
on VHF marine channels 3, 21, 23, 61, 64, 81, 82 and 83,
according to FCC regulations these simplex channels cannot be lawfully used by the general public in USA waters.
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PANEL DESCRIPTION
■ Front, top and side panels
q CHANNEL/WEATHER CHANNEL SWITCH
[CH/WX•U/I/C]
t TRANSMIT POWER/LOCK SWITCH
[H/L•LOCK]
• Selects and toggles the regular channels and
weather channel when pushed. (pgs. 6, 7)
• Selects one of 3 regular channels in se- o
quence when pushed for 1 sec. (p. 6)
- International, U.S.A. and Canadian channels
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y DUALWATCH/TRI-WATCH SWITCH
[DW•TRI] (p. 10)
are available.
w CHANNEL UP/DOWN SWITCHES [Y]/[Z]
• Select an operating channel.
• Starts dualwatch when pushed momentarily.
• Starts tri-watch when pushed for 1 sec.
• Stops dualwatch/tri-watch when either is activated.
!0
• Selects the SET mode condition of the item.
(p. 13)
• Set the squelch level in the squelch set mode.
(p. 7)
e CHANNEL 16 SWITCH [16•9]
u SQUELCH SWITCH [SQL•MONI] (p. 7)
q
• Selects Channel 16 when pushed. (p. 6)
• Selects the call channel when pushed for
1 sec.
• Enters call Channel write mode when the call
channel is selected and this switch is pushed w
for 3 sec. (p. 9)
r SCAN/TAG SWITCH [SCN•TAG] (p. 12)
• Starts and stops normal or priority scan.
• Sets and clears the displayed channel as a
tag (scanned) channel when pushed for
1 sec.
2
• Selects high, middle or low power when
pushed. (p. 8)
• Toggles the lock function ON/OFF when
pushed for 1 sec. (p. 7)
e
u
y
• Push this switch, then set the squelch level
with [Y]/[Z].
• Manually opens the squelch for channel monitoring when pushed for 1 sec.
i ANTENNA (p. 20)
t
Connects the supplied antenna.
r
o VOLUME CONTROL [OFF/VOL]
Turns power ON and adjusts the audio level.
!0 PTT SWITCH [PTT]
Push and hold to transmit; release to receive.
PANEL DESCRIPTION
ï BATTERY CASE RELEASE SCREW
To remove the battery case:
Turn the screw counterclockwise, then pull the battery pack
in the direction of the arrow as shown below.
To attach the battery case:
Insert the battery case in the IC-M2A completely, then turn
the screw clockwise.
NOTE: When removing or attaching the battery case, use a
coin or flat-head screwdriver to loosen or tighten the
bottom screw.
CAUTION!:
When attaching or releasing a battery pack, make sure the
rubber seal is set in the groove of the battery pack/case
correctly. If the seal is not neatly in the groove it may be
damaged when attaching the battery pack/case.
If the seal is damaged, waterproofing is not guaranteed.
NOTE:
When attaching a battery pack/case, make sure dust etc.
does not adhere to the rubber seal. If dust etc. is on the seal
when attaching a battery pack/case, the water resistant may
be reduced.
Make sure both the rubber seal (purple) is set to the groove
correctly and dust etc. does not adhere to it.
LO
CK
Screw position
when removing battery
2
OPEN
Incorrect position
Correct position
Rubber seal
LO
CK
Screw position
when attaching battery
OPEN
Groove
Battery pack/case
Battery pack/case
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PANEL DESCRIPTION
■ Function display
q TRANSMIT INDICATOR (p. 8)
Appears while transmitting.
q
w
e
r
w BUSY INDICATOR (p. 8)
Appears when receiving a signal or when the squelch
opens.
t
y
u
i
!6
o
!5
!0
!4
!1
!3
!2
e TAG CHANNEL INDICATOR (p. 12)
Appears when a tag channel is selected.
r SCAN INDICATOR (p. 12)
Blinks while scanning.
t CALL CHANNEL INDICATOR (p. 6)
Appears when the call channel is selected.
y LOCK INDICATOR (p. 7)
Appears while the lock function is activated.
u WEATHER CHANNEL/WEATHER ALERT INDICATORS
• “WX” appears when the weather channel group is selected. (p. 7)
• “ALT” appears while the weather alert function is activated; blinks when on alert tone is received.
i DUPLEX INDICATOR
Appears when a duplex channel is selected.
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PANEL DESCRIPTION
o DUALWATCH/TRI-WATCH INDICATORS (p. 10)
“DUAL” appears during dualwatch; “TRI” appears during
tri-watch.
!0 SUB CHANNEL READOUT
• Indicates Channel 16 during priority scan.
• Indicates Channel 16 during dualwatch or tri-watch.
(p. 10)
• Indicates the SET mode item while in SET mode
!1 BATTERY INDICATOR
Indicates remaining battery power.
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!5 CHANNEL GROUP INDICATOR (p. 6)
“U” appears when U.S.A.; “I” appears when International;
“C” appears when the Canadian channel group is selected.
!6 TRANSMIT POWER INDICATOR
• “LOW” appears when low power is selected. (p. 8)
• “LOW” blinks when switching forced low power mode because of a high temperature error or low voltage.
• “MID” appears when middle power is selected. (p. 8)
• No indicator appears when high power is selected.
Indication
Battery level
Full
Middle
Charging
required
No
battery
!2 SQUELCH LEVEL INDICATOR (p. 7)
Shows squelch level when set.
This indicator can be also used as an S/RF meter when the
S/RF meter indicator setting is ON. (p. 16)
!3 SQUELCH LEVEL ADJUSTING INDICATOR (p. 7)
Appears while adjusting the squelch level.
!4 CHANNEL NUMBER READOUT
• Indicates the selected operating channel number.
• In SET mode, indicates the selected condition.
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BASIC OPERATION
■ Channel selection
D Channel 16
D U.S.A., International and Canadian channels
Channel 16 is the distress channel. It is used for establishing
initial contact with another station and for emergency
communications. Channel 16 is monitored during dualwatch
or tri-watch. While standing by you are required to monitor
Channel 16.
There are 57 U.S.A., 57 International and 61 Canadian channels. These channel groups may be specified for the operating area.
q Push [CH/WX] to select a regular channel.
- If a weather channel appears, push [CH/WX] again.
Push
9
16
w Push [Y]/[Z] switches to select a channel.
- “DUP” appears for duplex channels.
e To change the channel group, push [CH/WX•U/I/C] for
1 sec.
D Channel 9 (Call channel)
Channel 9 is the leisure-use call channel. Each regular
channel group has a separate call channel. The call channel
is monitored during tri-watch. The call channels can be
programmed (p. 9) and are used to store your most oftenused channels in each channel group for quick recall.
• Push [16•9] for 1 sec. to select the call channel for the
selected channel group.
- “CALL” and call channel number
appear.
- Each channel group can have its
own call channel when programmed.
- U.S.A.,International and Canadian channels can be selected in
sequence.
Push for 1 sec.
U.S.A. channels
U/I/C
U/I/C
CH
/WX
CH
/WX
U/I/C
CH
/WX
International channels
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Canadian channels
BASIC OPERATION
D Weather channels
There are 10 weather channels. These are used for monitoring weather channels from the NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) broadcasts.
The IC-M2A can detect a weather alert tone on the selected
weather channel while scanning. See the “SET mode items”
on p. 13.
q Push [CH/WX] to select a weather channel group.
w Push [Y]/[Z] to select a weather channel.
e Push [CH/WX] to return to the condition before selecting
weather channel group.
Push
U/I/C
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■ Adjusting the squelch level
The IC-M2A has a squelch even though there is no control
knob for it. In order to receive signals properly, as well as for
scan to function, the squelch must be adjusted to a suitable
level.
Appears durling squelch
level adjustment.
Each dot indicates the squelch level
(Level 10: Max. squelch level)
CH
/WX
q Push [SQL•MONI], then adjust the squelch level with [Y]/[Z].
■ Lock function
This function electronically locks all keys, except [PTT],
[SQL•MONI] and [H/L•LOCK] to prevent accidental channel
changes and function access.
• Push [H/L•LOCK] for 1 sec. to turn the lock function ON and
OFF.
- “SQL” indicator and squelch level indicator appear.
- There are 11 squelch levels to choose from: 0 is completely
open; 10 is the maximum squelch level.
- When no keys are pushed for 5 sec., the transceiver returns to
normal condition.
w Push [SQL•MONI] again to return to normal condition.
- Only [PTT], [H/L•LOCK] and [SQL•MONI] are functional.
Appears while the
lock function is used.
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BASIC OPERATION
■ Receiving and transmitting
CAUTION: Transmitting without an antenna may
IMPORTANT: To maximize the readability of your transmitted signal, pause a few sec. after pushing [PTT], hold
the microphone 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) from your
mouth and speak at a normal voice level.
damage the transceiver.
q Rotate [OFF/VOL] clockwise to turn power ON.
- Use the squelch function to mute any audio noise if necessary.
Refer to the previous page for details.
w Push* [SQL•MONI] for 1 sec., and rotate volume to set
audio output level.
*According to Monitor action selection in SET mode (p. 14).
e Push [Y]/[Z] to select the desired channel.
- When receiving a signal, “BUSY” appears and audio is emitted
from the speaker.
(The S/RF meter appears while S/RF meter turned ON in SET
mode.)
- Further adjustment of [OFF/VOL] may be necessary at this point.
r Push [H/L] to select the output power if necessary.
- “LOW” appears when low power is selected; “MID” appears when
middle power is selected; no indicator appears when high power
is selected.
- Choose low power to conserve battery power, choose high power
for longer distance communications.
- Some channels are for low power only.
t Push and hold [PTT] to transmit, then speak into the
microphone.
- “TX” appears.
(The S/RF meter appears while S/RF meter is turned ON in SET
mode.)
- Channel 70 cannot be used for transmission (for GMDSS use).
y Release [PTT] to receive.
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NOTE: The transceiver has a power save function to conserve the battery power and cannot be turned OFF. The
power save function activates automatically when no signal is received for 5 sec.
For U.S.A version: To prevent accidental prolonged
transmission, etc., the IC-M2A has a time-out timer function. This timer cuts a transmission OFF after 5 min. of
continuous transmission.
q Power ON
w Set volume
t Push to
transmit
y Release to
receive
w Set squelch level
e Set channel
w Set squelch
level
r Set output
power
BASIC OPERATION
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■ Call channel programming
The call channel switch is used to select Channel 9 by default, however, you can program your most often-used channels in each channel group for quick recall.
r Push [Y]/[Z] to select the desired channel.
q Push [CH/WX•U/I/C] for 1 sec. to
select the desired channel
group (USA, INT, CAN) to be
programmed.
t Push [16•9] to program the displayed channel as the call channel.
- The call channel number and channel group stop flashing.
w Push [16•9] for 1 sec. to select
the call channel of the selected
channel group.
- “CALL” and call channel number
appear.
e Push [16•9] again for 3 sec.
(until long beep changes to 2
short beeps) to enter call channel programming condition.
- Call channel number and channel
group to be programmed flash.
■ Automatic backlighting
This function is convenient for nighttime operation. The automatic backlighting can be deactivated in SET mode. (p. 15)
• Push any key except for [PTT] to turn the backlighting ON.
- The backlighting is automatically turned OFF after 5 sec. of inactivity.
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DUALWATCH/TRI-WATCH
■ Description
■ Operation
Dualwatch monitors Channel 16 while you are receiving another channel; tri-watch monitors Channel 16 and the call
channel while receiving another channel.
q Select the desired operating channel.
w Push [DW•TRI] momentarily to start dualwatch; push
[DW•TRI] for 1 sec. to start tri-watch.
DUALWATCH/TRI-WATCH SIMULATION
Call channel
- “DUAL” flashes during dualwatch; “TRI” flashes during tri-watch.
- Beep tones sound when a signal is received on Channel 16.
- Tri-watch becomes dualwatch when receiving a signal on the call
channel.
e To cancel dualwatch/tri-watch, push [DW•TRI] again.
[Example]: Operating tri-watch on INT Channel 07.
Push for 1 sec.
Tri-watch starts.
TRI
DW
Dualwatch
Tri-watch
• If a signal is received on Channel 16, dualwatch/tri-watch pauses
on Channel 16 until the signal disappears.
• If a signal is received on the call channel during tri-watch, triwatch becomes dualwatch until the signal disappears.
• To transmit on the selected channel during dualwatch/tri-watch,
push and hold [PTT].
Signal is received
on call channel.
Signal received on
Channel 16 takes
priority.
Tri-watch resumes
after the signal
disappears.
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SCAN OPERATION
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■ Scan types
Scanning is an efficient way to locate signals quickly over a
wide frequency range. The transceiver has a priority scan and
a normal scan.
Set the tag channels (channels to be scanned) before scanning. Clear the tag channels which inconveniently stop scanning, such as those used for digital communications.
In addition, weather alert functions are available for standby
convenience. (p. 13)
NOTE: Choose priority or normal scan in SET mode. (p. 14)
PRIORITY SCAN
NORMAL SCAN
CH 01
WX*
CH 02
CH 16
CH 05
CH 01
CH 03
CH 04
CH 02
WX*
CH 03
CH 05
CH 04
* Previously selected weather channel
when weather alert function is ON.
* Previously selected weather channel
when weather alert function is ON.
Priority scan searches through all tag channels in sequence while monitoring Channel 16. When a signal is detected on Channel 16, scan pauses until the signal
disappears; when a signal is detected on a channel other
than Channel 16, scan becomes dualwatch until the signal
disappears.
Normal scan, like priority scan, searches through all tag
channels in sequence. However, unlike priority scan, Channel 16 is not checked unless Channel 16 is set as a tag
channel.
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SCAN OPERATION
■ Setting tag channels
■ Starting a scan
For more efficient scanning, add desired channels as tag
channels or clear tag channels for unwanted channels. Channels set as non-tag channels will be skipped during scanning.
Tag channels can be assigned to each channel group (USA,
INT, CAN) independently.
Set scan type, weather alert function and scan resume timer
in advance using SET mode. (pgs. 13, 14)
q Select the desired channel group (USA, INT, CAN) by
pushing [CH/WX•U/I/C] for 1 sec., if desired.
w Select the desired channel to set as a tag channel.
e Push [SCN•TAG] for 1 sec. to set the displayed channel as
a tag channel.
- “TAG” appears in the function display.
r To cancel the tag channel setting, push [SCN•TAG] for 1
sec.
q Select the desired channel group (USA, INT, CAN) by
pushing [CH/WX•U/I/C] for 1 sec., if desired.
- When the weather alert function is in use, select the desired
weather channel with [CH/WX] and the [Y]/[Z].
w Push [SCN•TAG] to start priority or normal scan.
- “SCAN” blinks in the function display.
- “16” appears during priority scan.
- When a signal is detected, scan pauses until the signal disappears or resumes after pausing 5 sec. according to SET mode
setting. (Channel 16 is still monitored during priority scan.)
- Push [Y]/[Z] to check tag channels, to change the scanning direction or resume the scan manually.
e To stop the scan, push [SCN•TAG].
- “TAG” disappears.
• Clearing all tag channels in the selected channel group
While pushing [SCN•TAG], turn the power ON to clear all
tag channels in the channel group.
[Example]: Starting a normal scan.
Scan starts.
Push
TAG
SCN
- “SCAN” disappears.
- Pushing [PTT], [16•9], [CH/WX] or [DW•TRI] also stops the scan.
Scan pauses when receiving a
signal and audio is emitted.
Push
TAG
SCN
to stop the scan.
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SET MODE
■ SET mode programming
■ SET mode items
SET mode is used to change the conditions of 12 transceiver
functions: beep tone, weather alert, scan type, scan resume
timer, auto scan, monitor switch, automatic backlighting, LCD
contrast, auto power save, self check, battery voltage and
S/RF meter functions.
D Beep tone “bP”
q Turn power OFF.
w While pushing [SQL•MONI], turn power ON and continue
pushing [SQL•MONI] until “bP” appears.
e Release [SQL•MONI].
r Push [Y]/[Z] to select the desired condition of the item.
t Push [SQL•MONI] to select the desired item, if necessary.
y To exit SET mode, turn the power OFF, then ON again, or
push [16•9].
SET MODE CONSTRUCTION
Battery
voltage
S/RF
meter
Beep tone
Starting item
Self
check
Scan
type
You can select silent operation by turning beep tones OFF or
you can have confirmation beeps sound at the push of a
switch by turning beep tones ON.
• AUTO (At): Beep tone is linked with volume tone.
• 1–10: Beep tone scale is set from 1–10 scale (Max. is 10).
Beep tone AUTO (default)
D Weather alert function “AL”
NOAA broadcast stations transmit weather alert tones before
important weather announcements. When the weather alert
function is turned ON, the transceiver detects the alert, the
“ALT” indicator blinks and sounds a beep tone until the transceiver is operated. The previously selected (used) weather
channel is checked periodically during standby or while scanning.
• “ALT” appears when the function is set ON.
Scan resume
timer
MONI
Push
Auto
power save
Weather
alert
6
LCD
contrast
SQL
Automatic
backlighting
Monitor
switch
Auto
scan
Weather alert function OFF (default)
Weather alert function ON
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6
SET MODE
D Priority scan function “Pr”
D Auto scan function “AS”
The transceiver has 2 scan types. Normal scan and priority
scan. Normal scan searches all tag channels in the selected
channel group. Priority scan searches all tag channels in sequence while monitoring Channel 16.
While in standby, this function automatically starts the desired
scan (normal or priority scan) 30 sec. after operation.
• Scan indicator blinks while scanning.
Auto scan OFF (default)
Normal scan (default)
D Monitor action selection “Sq”
D Scan resume timer “St”
The scan resume timer can be selected as a pause (OFF) or
timer scan (ON). When OFF is selected, the scan pauses
until a received signal disappears. When ON is selected, the
scan pauses for 5 sec. after receiving a signal and then resumes even if the signal is still being received.
The monitor function cuts off the squelch function temporarily.
This selection contains PUSH or HOLD settings as shown
below.
• PUSH (Pu): After pushing the [SQL•MONI] for 1 sec., the
squelch function is cut off until [SQL•MONI] is
released. (default)
• HOLD (Ho): After pushing the [SQL•MONI] for 1 sec., the
squelch function is cut off continuously until
another key is pushed.
Scan timer OFF (default)
Monitor switch PUSH (default)
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SET MODE
6
D Automatic backlighting “bL”
D Auto power save function “PS”
This function is convenient for nighttime operation. The automatic backlighting turns the backlighting ON when pushing
any key except for [PTT].
The power save function reduces current drain by deactivating the receiver circuit for preset intervals.
• The backlighting is automatically turned OFF after 5 sec. of inactivity.
Auto power save ON (default)
D Self check function “SC”
Automatic backlighting ON (default)
D LCD contrast selection “LC”
The contrast of the LCD can be adjusted from 4 levels.
• 1 (low contrast) – 4 (high contrast); 3 (default)
The self check function checks transceiver conditions by itself, and informs you in case a problem is found. The following items are checked after the power is turned ON, then it
switches to operation mode.
• Temperature (Outside of –20°C to +60°C; –4°F to +140°F)
• Connected battery voltage
• Water intrusion
When error messages as shown
below are displayed, see trouble
shooting for advice (p. 23).
Self check OFF (default)
Error messages
LCD contrast (default)
Temperature error
Battery voltage error
Water intrusion error
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6
SET MODE
D Battery voltage indicator “bt”
SET MODE LIST
This function contains display or non-display settings of the
voltage of the connected battery pack when the power is ON.
Function
Indication
Switch
• The voltage of the connected battery pack is displayed for 2 sec.
after power is turned ON.
Beep tone
"bP"
OFF / Auto* / 1 10
Weather alert function
"AL"
OFF* / ON
Scan type selection
"Pr"
OFF* / ON
Scan resume timer
"St"
OFF* / ON
Auto scan function
"AS"
OFF* / ON
Monitor switch selection
"Sq"
Push* / Hold
Automatic backlighting
"bL"
ON* / OFF
LCD contrast selection
"LC"
3* / 1 4
Auto power save function
"PS"
ON* / OFF
Self check function
"SC"
OFF* / ON
Battery voltage indicator
"bt"
OFF* / ON
S-meter/RF meter indicator
"Sr"
OFF* / ON
Battery voltage OFF (default)
D S-meter/RF meter indicator “Sr”
This function contains display or non-display setting of the
S-meter/RF meter.
S-meter/RF meter OFF (default)
*default setting
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BATTERY CHARGING
7
■ Battery charging
■ Battery cautions
Prior to using the transceiver for the first time, the Ni-Cd batteries must be fully charged for optimum life and operation.
NEVER incinerate used Ni-Cd batteries. Internal battery gas
may cause an explosion.
CAUTION: To avoid damage to the transceiver, turn it OFF
while charging.
NEVER immerse batteries in water. If the battery case becomes wet, be sure to wipe it dry BEFORE attaching it to the
transceiver.
• Recommended temperature range for charging:
+50°F to +104°F (+10°C to +40°C)
• Use the supplied AC adapter (BC-147A/E or BM-95V) only.
NEVER use other adapters.
NEVER connect DC power to the battery case when installing alkaline batteries. Such a connection will damage
the transceiver.
NEVER short terminals of the battery case. Also, current may
flow into nearby metal objects so be careful when placing battery cases in handbags, etc.
If your Ni-Cd batteries seem to have no capacity even after
being charged, completely discharge them by leaving the
power ON overnight. Then, fully charge the Ni-Cd batteries
again. If the batteries still do not retain a charge (or very little),
new batteries must be purchased.
D Recycling information (U.S.A. only)
The product that you have purchased contains a
rechargeable battery. The battery is recyclable. At
the end of its life, under various state and local
laws, it may be illegal to dispose of this battery
into the municipal waste stream. Call 1-800-822-8837 for battery recycling options in your area or contact your dealer.
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7
BATTERY CHARGING
ï Charging connections
q Attach the BC-150 to a flat surface, such as desk or cabin, etc., if
desired.
w Connect the AC adapter (BC-147A/E or BM-95V) as shown below.
e Insert the battery pack with/without the transceiver into the
charger.
• The charge indicator lights green.
r Charge the battery pack approx. 8 hours, depending on the remaining power condition.
CAUTION: DO NOT charge BP-224 more than 12 hours.
Otherwise, BP-224 will be damaged. BP-224 must
be charged for 8–12 hours only.
IC-M2A
BP-224
Charge indicator
Lights green when
BP-224 (with/without
IC-M2A) is inserted.
Supplied screws
AC adapter
(BC-147A/E
or BM-95V)
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BC-150
■ Installing batteries in the
battery case (Not supplied with some versions)
When using a battery case attached to the transceiver, install
6 × AA(R6) size alkaline batteries as illustrated below.
q Remove the battery case from the transceiver.
w Install 6 × AA(R6) size alkaline batteries.
• Be sure to observe the correct polarity.
CAUTION:
• When installing batteries, make sure they are all the
same brand, type and capacity. Also, do not mix new and
old batteries together.
• Keep battery contacts clean. It’s a good idea to clean battery terminals once a week.
BATTERY CHARGING
7
■ Optional battery chargers
D Rapid charging with the BC-119N+AD-103
D Rapid charging with the BC-121N+AD-103
The optional BC-119N provides rapid charging of battery
packs. The following are additionally required.
• AD-103
• An AC adapter (may be supplied with BC-119N depending
on version).
The optional BC-121N allows up to 6 battery packs to be
charged simultaneously. The following are additionally required.
• Six AD-103.
• An AC adapter (BC-124) or the DC power cable (OPC-656).
IC-M2A
IC-M2A
BP-224
BP-224
AC adapter
(purchased
separately)
AD-103 charger
adapters are installed
in each slot.
OPC-515L or
CP-17L
AD-103 charger
adapter is installed
in BC-119N.
AC adapter
(Not supplied with some
versions.)
DC power cable
(Connect with the DC power supply;
13.8 V/at least 7 A)
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8
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS
D Supplied accessories
The following accessories are supplied:
Qty.
q Flexible antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
w Swivel belt clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
e Handstrap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
r Battery case (BP-223)*1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
t Ni-Cd battery pack (BP-224) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
y AC adapter (BC-147A/E or BM-95V)*2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
u Battery charger (BC-150) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
i Screws for the BC-150 (M3.5 × 20) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
*1 Not supplied with some versions.
*2 Depending on version.
D Flexible antenna
Connect the supplied flexible
antenna to the antenna connector.
CAUTION: Transmitting
without an antenna may
damage the transceiver.
D Handstrap
Slide the handstrap
through the loop on the
side of the transceiver as
illustrated at right. Facilitates carrying.
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SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS
8
D Swivel belt clip
To attach:
q Slide the stopper into the plastic loop on the back of the e Insert the stopper to the back of the belt clip.
transceiver.
w Clip the belt clip to a part of your belt.
Once the transceiver is locked in place, it will swivel 360 degrees.
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8
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS
To remove:
q Turn the transceiver upside down, and then lift to release
the transceiver from the belt clip.
w Release the belt clip.
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R CAUTION!
HOLD THE TRANSCEIVER TIGHTLY, WHEN ATTACHING OR REMOVING THE TRANSCEIVER FROM THE
BELT CLIP.
If the transceiver is accidentally dropped and the swivel
belt clip’s stopper is scratched or damaged, the swivel
belt clip may not work properly.
e Push the top of the stopper towards the transceiver and out
at the same time, then push it downwards and free of the
plastic loop.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
No power comes ON.
POSSIBLE CAUSE
• The battery is exhausted.
• Bad connection to the battery pack.
No sound comes from • Squelch level is too deep.
• Volume level is too low.
the speaker.
• Speaker has been exposed to water.
SOLUTION.
REF.
• Recharge the battery pack.
• Check the connection to the transceiver.
p. 17
p. 3
• Set squelch to the threshold point.
• Set [OFF/VOL] to a suitable level.
• Drain water from the speaker.
p. 7
p. 8
—
Transmitting is impossi- • Some channels are for low power or re- • Change channels.
ble, or high power can ceive only.
• The battery is exhausted.
• Recharge the battery pack.
not be selected.
• The output power is set to low.
• Push [H/L] to select high power.
pgs. 2, 4
p. 17
p. 2
The display channel • Lock function is activated.
cannot be changed.
• Push [H/L•LOCK] for 1 sec. to cancel the p. 2
function.
Scan does not start.
• “TAG” channels are not programmed.
• Set the desired channels as “TAG” channels. p. 12
No beeps sound.
• Beep tones are turned OFF.
• Set the beep tones to AUTO or 1–10 in SET p. 13
mode.
Self check error.
(Temperature error)
• Transceiver’s inside temperature is below • Leave the transceiver at room temperature
–20°C (–4°F) or above +60°C (+120°F).
for a while. Turn the power ON to check if the
internal temperature has returned to normal.
—
Self check error.
(Battery voltage error)
• The connected battery pack’s voltage is • Verify the battery voltage is correct.
more than 11 V.
—
Self check error.
(Water intrusion error)
• Water has entered the transceiver.
• Have the transceiver checked at your local
distributor or dealer to see whether the transceiver works properly or not.
—
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10 CHANNEL LIST
Channel number Frequency (MHz)
Channel number Frequency (MHz)
Channel number Frequency (MHz)
Channel number Frequency (MHz)
USA INT CAN Transmit Receive
USA INT CAN Transmit Receive
USA INT CAN Transmit Receive
USA INT CAN Transmit Receive
01
01
01A
156.050 160.650
19A
156.050 156.050
20
20A
02
02
156.100 160.700
03
03
156.150 160.750
03A
156.150 156.150
04
05
05A
06
06
157.050 161.650
68
156.425 156.425
86A
21A 157.050 157.050
69
69
69
156.475 156.475
87
157.100 161.700
70
70
70
Rx only 156.525
87A
22A 157.100 157.100
71
71
71
156.575 156.575
88
157.150 161.750
72
72
72
156.625 156.625
88A
157.150 157.150
73
73
73
156.675 156.675
21b
Rx only 161.650
156.725 156.725
25b
Rx only 161.850
156.875 156.875
28b
Rx only 162.000
156.925 161.525
83b
Rx only 161.775
23
157.200 161.800
156.350 160.950
25
25
25
157.250 161.850
07A 156.350 156.350
26
26
26
157.300 161.900
08
08
156.400 156.400
27
27
27
157.350 161.950
09
09
09
156.450 156.450
28
28
28
157.400 162.000
10
10
10
156.500 156.500
60
60
156.025 160.625
11
11
11
156.550 156.550
61
12
13*
12
13
12
13*
156.650 156.650
14
15*
14
15*
14
15*
16
17*
16
16
17*
17
18A
156.800 156.800
63
156.900 161.500
156.950 161.550
*Low power only.
156.175 156.175
64A
65
65A
65A
64
77
78A
74
77*
79A
156.975 161.575
79A 156.975 156.975
80A
81A
82A
83
156.275 160.875
84
65A 156.275 156.275
84A
157.325 157.325
87
87
157.375 161.975
157.375 157.375
88
88
157.425 162.025
157.425 157.425
84
WX channel
Frequency (MHz)
Transmit
Receive
RX only
162.550
80A 157.025 157.025
2
RX only
162.400
157.075 161.675
3
RX only
162.475
81A 157.075 157.075
4
RX only
162.425
157.125 161.725
5
RX only
162.450
82A 157.125 157.125
6
RX only
162.500
157.175 161.775
7
RX only
162.525
83A 157.175 157.175
8
RX only
161.650
157.225 161.825
9
RX only
161.775
157.225 157.225
10
RX only
163.275
82
83A
157.325 161.925
1
81
64A 156.225 156.225
86
157.025 161.625
80
156.225 160.825
86
78A 156.925 156.925
79
156.175 160.775
63A
74
78
156.125 160.725
62A 156.125 156.125
18A 156.900 156.900
19
61A 156.075 156.075
64
74
77*
156.075 160.675
62
156.850 156.850
157.275 157.275
68
24
156.750 156.750
85A
68
21
24
156.700 156.700
157.275 161.875
86
23A
61A
85
156.375 156.375
24
156.600 156.600
85
67
08
18
24
23
157.000 157.000
66A 66A* 156.325 156.325
85
67
22
22A
156.325 160.925
66
66A
67*
156.300 156.300
07
07A
21A
156.250 160.850
05A 156.250 156.250
06
21
156.200 160.800
04A 156.200 156.200
20
19A 156.950 156.950
20* 157.000 161.600
83
84
NOTE: Simplex channels 3, 21, 23, 61, 64, 81, 82 and 83 CANNOT
be lawfully used by the general public in USA waters.
SPECIFICATIONS AND OPTIONS
11
■ Specifications
■ Options
• GENERAL
D BATTERY CASE AND PACK
• BP-223 BATTERY CASE
Battery case for 6 × AA (R6) alkaline cells. The same as supplied
with the transceiver depending on versions.
• BP-224 Ni-Cd BATTERY PACK
7.2 V/750 mAh Ni-Cd battery pack. The same as supplied with the
transceiver depending on versions.
Frequency coverage
: Transmit 156.025–157.425 MHz
Receive 156.050–163.275 MHz
Mode
: FM (16K0G3E)
Channel spacing
: 25 kHz
Current drain (at 7.5 V DC) : TX High (5 W)
1.5 A typical.
Max. audio
200 mA typical
Power save
20 mA typical
Frequency stability
: ±10 ppm (–20°C to +60°C)
Useable temperature range : –20°C to +60°C; –4°F to +140°F
Dimensions
: 61 (W) × 135(H) × 41(D) mm
(Projections not included)
213⁄32(W) × 55⁄16(H) × 15⁄8(D) inch
Weight (approx.; with BP-224) : 360g (12.7 oz)
• TRANSMITTER
Output power (at 7.5 V DC)
Modulation system
Max. frequency deviation
Audio harmonics distortion
Spurious emissions
: 5 W (Hi), 3 W (Mid) and 1 W (Low)
: Variable reactance frequency modulation
: ±5 kHz
: Less than 10 % (at 60 % mod.)
: Less than –65 dBc
• RECEIVER
Receive system
: Double-conversion superheterodyne
Sensitivity (12 dB SINAD)
: 0.25 µV typical
Squelch sensitivity
: Less than 0.35 µV (at threshold)
Intermodulation rejection ratio : 70 dB typical
Spurious response rejection ratio : 70 dB typical
Adjacent channel selectivity : 70 dB typical
Ham and noise ratio
: More than 40 dB
Audio output power
: 0.35 W typical at 10% distortion with an
8 Ω load
D CHARGERS
• BC-119N DESKTOP CHARGER + AD-103 CHARGER ADAPTER
+ BC-145 AC ADAPTER
For rapid charging of battery packs. An AC adapter is supplied with
the charger. Charging time: approx. 1.5 to 2 hours
• BC-121N MULTI-CHARGER + AD-103 CHARGER ADAPTER (6 pcs.)
+ BC-124 AC ADAPTER
For rapid charging of up to 6 battery packs (six AD-103’s are required) simultaneously. An AC adapter may be supplied depending
on version. Charging time: approx. 1.5 to 2 hours.
• BC-150 DESKTOP CHARGER + BC-147A/E or BM-95V AC ADAPTER
Used for regular charging of battery pack. The same as supplied
with the transceiver. Charging time: approx. 8 hours
D BELT CLIPS
• MB-68 BELT CLIP
• MB-74 BELT CLIP
Exclusive alligator-type belt clip.
• MB-87 SWIVEL BELT CLIP
Belt clip for swivel type. The same as supplied with the transceiver.
All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.
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A-6113H-1EX-q
Printed in Japan
© 2001, 2002 Icom Inc.
1-1-32 Kamiminami, Hirano-ku, Osaka 547-0003 Japan
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