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[Courtesy of Joel Foner joel.foner "at" fonerassoc.com, December 2000]

Articles & Tips > Radio Systems > ICOM IC-R2 Intro > ICOM IC-R2 Quick Ref

This page shows how to do the basics with the ICOM IC-R2.  The manual describes more, but it lacks a "getting started" section, which is what I've tried to do with this page.  

Here's what you'll find in this Quick Ref:

Pictures and Frequency Bands The First 5 Things To Know Working with Memory Presets How to Scan

The ICOM IC-R2


Here is a picture of the ICOM IC-R2 unit...
Here is a drawing of the different parts of the LCD display:

And here is the frequency band listing for the IC-R2:

"The First 5 Things To Know About the IC-R2"     [top]

  1. To turn the unit on or off, press the POWER button (orange above), and hold it for a couple seconds.

  2. Pressing the BAND button switches bands, but you can tune to anywhere in the entire range of the unit from any band starting point.

  3. Turning the knurled knob at the top tunes the unit up and down in fine steps.  To go fast, press and hold the FUNC key while turning the knurled knob.

  4. The IC-R2 supports three basic receive modes, AM, FM or WFM (wide FM).  For FM radio control systems, make sure you've selected FM mode, both while tuning manually and when you save presets.  You will pick up adjacent channels if you leave the receiver in WFM mode, which might cause hunting around for "nonexistent interference"!  Push the MODE button to switch from AM to FM to WFM and back to AM.

  5. The IC-R2 is always in one of two major modes, either manual tuning or memory.  To switch back and forth press the V/M button to switch from manual tuning (VOR) to memory pre-set mode.  This is the thing that confused me at first, since you can manually tune once you've pulled up a pre-set!  If MR is lit up on the LCD (see #8 on the drawing above), you're in memory recall mode, if it's not, you're in manual mode!

Working With Memory Presets (8 banks of 50 presets each)      [top]

TO CHOOSE A MEMORY BANK:

  1. Set the unit to memory recall by pressing the V/M button until MR lights up (#8 on the LCD drawing above)

  2. Press and hold FUNC, and turn the knurled knob at the top of the unit.  As you turn the knob, you'll see the "bank indicator" change (#7 on the LCD drawing above).  As usual, the memory bank numbering is done from the programmer's point of view, starting with "Bank 0"!  Sorry 'bout that, but that's the way it is... The bank indicator will show either:
    - nothing (you're in the first memory bank 1)
    - 1, 2 or 3 (you're in the second, third or fourth memory bank)
    - a small diamond with no number (you're in the fifth memory bank)
    - a small diamond with 1, 2 or 3 (you're in the sixth, seventh or eight memory bank)

TO CHOOSE A MEMORY CHANNEL ONCE YOU'VE CHOSEN A MEMORY BANK:

  • This one's easy!  Just turn the knurled knob (remember that you've got to be in memory recall mode (MR lit up - #8 on the drawing - if it isn't, see "To Choose a Memory Bank" above)

TO SAVE A MEMORY PRESET (by choosing the memory storage location first):

  1. Choose a memory bank (make sure MR is lit up when you're done, as above)

  2. Choose a memory channel in which to store the new settings (as above)

  3. Press V/M to switch back to manual tuning mode

  4. Tune to the frequency you want, make sure AM/FM/WFM and any other settings are set the way you want

  5. Now press and hold FUNC, and then press and hold V/M-MW for a second or two, until you hear a double-beep.  Now your preset is stored in the location you chose in step 2.
    NOTE: This method will ONLY save to a memory storage location that has been previously programmed!  Use the next method for the first time saving to a memory slot.

TO SAVE A MEMORY PRESET (by  choosing the receiving frequency first, then the memory location):

  1. Tune to the frequency you want, make sure AM/FM/WFM and any other settings are set the way you want

  2. Press and hold FUNC, and then tap V/M-MW.  If you did this right, when you let go of the V/M-MW button you should see the MW indicator and the bank number flashing.  If not, and if you heard a double-beep, sorry, you just over-wrote the bank/channel shown on the unit.  (This is why I tend to do it the other way - keeps me from shooting myself in the foot.  However, this way allows you to choose the memory slot after tuning, which is sometimes handy.)

  3. Choose a memory bank by pressing and holding FUNC while turning the knurled knob

  4. Choose a memory channel in which to store the new settings by turning the knurled knob

  5. Press and hold FUNC, and press and hold V/M-MW for two seconds, until you hear the double-beep. You've now saved the preset in the bank and slot chosen in step 4.

How to Scan     [top]

TO SCAN A BANK OF MEMORY PRESETS

  1. Choose a memory bank (see "choose a memory bank" above) 

  2. Press and hold the FUNC button, and tap the VOL UP or VOL DOWN arrows

  3. The IC-R2 will scan up or down the list of memory presets.  Each time an active signal is found, it will stop for a few seconds and then continue.  To stop scanning, press FUNC and VOL UP or VOL DOWN again.

TO SCAN A FREQUENCY BAND

  1. Set the IC-R2 to normal operation (MR not lit), by tapping the V/M button until the MR indicator on the LCD is not lit up.

  2. Press and hold the FUNC button, and tap the VOL UP or VOL DOWN arrows

  3. The IC-R2 will scan up or down the current frequency band.  Each time an active signal is found, it will stop for a few seconds and then continue.  To stop scanning, press FUNC and VOL UP or VOL DOWN again.

TO SCAN USING SCAN EDGES

Note:  Scan edges is the ICOM word for scanning between two frequency end-points, rather than scanning particular fixed frequencies.  The IC-R2 configuration file on this site has scan edge pairs pre-configured for several key RC frequency ranges.

  1. Set the IC-R2 to normal operation mode (MR not lit), by tapping the V/M button until the MR indicator on the LCD is not lit up.

  2. Press and hold the FUNC button, and push BAND while the FUNC button is held down.  The display will show either ALL, BAND or PROGnn, where nn is a number (e.g. PROG12).  Turn the knob until the display shows PROGnn with the scan edge pair number you want to scan between (see the cheat sheet for some examples).

  3. Press the BAND button (you'll see some frequency other than the edge presets on the display, but don't worry...)

  4. Press FUNC + VOL UP / DN to start scanning between the low and high scan edge frequencies.

HOW TO STOP SCANNING!  (You were wondering about this, right?)

  • Press and hold FUNC and tap VOL UP or DN

HOW TO CONTINUE SCANNING WHEN A SIGNAL IS FOUND

You may be scanning, and find a signal that you don't want to listen to, and you don't want to wait through the 10 seconds (or whatever is configured in the unit) for Scan Pause time.  If this happens, just turn the knob while the scanner is paused on the found signal, and it'll continue the scan "past" the pause frequency.

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