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Getting started with the ICOM IC_R5

I have just got an ICOM IC-R5 and no matter how many times I read the manual I cannot get it to scan and store frequencies. I think I need a step by step lesson. from what I have read once you get the hang of it its pretty simple but by all accounts its not something for the faint harted to try and fathom out. any help to get started would be much appreciated thanking you all in advance
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First set the squelch (gets rid of the hissing noise and allows the radio to scan)
to do this....

On the side are 2 buttons, the bottom one is monitor.
press and hold then look at the display,
turn the top dial until "AUTO" appears,

The squelch should now keep the radio quiet.

Now the tuning step..
You need to set this because if your radio was on 450.000 and you wanted to listen to 450.012.5 you would miss it if your radio was making 000.025 "steps". IE you would need 12.5 steps. This is the most common step used by ambulance etc in the UK, you will need to check local band plans.
Stick with 12.5 and you should get most stuff on VHF / UHF.
For airband 12.5 will get most stuff, but some is now changing to 8.33.
For HF (below) 136 Mhz I'd use 5

To set the step....

On the front there are 4 big buttons.
press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] to select VFO mode,
then press [BAND.LOCK] to select the band you want to listen to,
then press [TS.SET] to enter the step
turn the dial to select your step (stick with 12.5 for now)
press [TS.SET] to exit back to VFO mode



To scan...

First set the scan type...
On the front there are 4 big buttons.
Press and hold the one that says [MODE.SCAN] for 2 seconds and look at the display,
turn the top dial until the screen reads ALL,
press [MODE.SCAN] again and the radio should start to scan with the 12.5 steps you set earlier.
If you want to change scan direction, just turn the top dial.
If you want to stop the scan, just press [MODE.SCAN].

When you hear something interesting, make a note of the frequency on the display.

To set memories (store frequencies).....

On the front there are 4 big buttons.
press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] to select VFO mode,

to get close to the frequency you made a note of, press [BAND.LOCK]
Then set the actual frequency with the top dial,
press and hold [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] for 2 seconds to select memory write mode (1 short and 1 long beep)
turn the top dial to select which channel you would like to overwrite. Start with 01.
press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] for 2 seconds. ( 3 beeps )

Thats it!

Any more problems just post on here and either me or someone else will help.

M3ODQ

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

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The manual is a cruel beast!! I figured it out evetually...
to scan, press and hold the mode/scan key for 2 seconds, you must then choose wether to scan a band of its pre programmed frequencies or the entire spectrum end-end, to do this you turn the knob to "band" or whichever you choose, then press mode/scan again and it will start scanning! to choose a band, press the band key until you find the frequencies you want to scan, then press and hold the mode/scan key. pressing the key starts and stops the scan and turning the knob changes the frequency up or down. caution you can't do this if the diplay is showing "p skip" in the top rh corner, to change this press the function pad on the side at the same time as you press the rh "skip" key

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I purchased the ic-r5 and want the police and emergency freq. programed. Can somebody walk me thru the process? I must be scanner stupid.

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I cant get the dial knob to do anything other than alter the volume I used to have a radion shack pro 90 it was a brick of a thing but at least it had one button per function this r5 is one headache ..still i am a truck driver lol please help

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to do this....

On the side are 2 buttons, the bottom one is monitor.
press and hold then look at the display,
turn the top dial until "AUTO" appears,

The squelch should now keep the radio quiet.

Now the tuning step..
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press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] to select VFO mode,
then press [BAND.LOCK] to select the band you want to listen to,
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On the front there are 4 big buttons.
Press and hold the one that says [MODE.SCAN] for 2 seconds and look at the display,
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press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] to select VFO mode,

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turn the top dial to select which channel you would like to overwrite. Start with 01.
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