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Icom RC20 - Help

Postby Softhead » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:21 am

Please can someone help befor I launch my recently purchased Icom RC20 through the window.

I'm not new to scanning, having 7 handhelds and 2 base stations, but, the manual that came with the RC20 is an absolye nightmare.

All I want to do is set a search range, for example 118.000 am to 137.000 am but this is proving near impossible.

I also want to set memory channels where I can store my favourite frequencies.

The manual is commonly known not to be the best, I just was hoping that someone might be able to help.

Many thanks in anticipation.

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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby m0lsx » Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:55 am

Is there a yahoo group?? I have always found them to be the font of all knowledge & simply joining & using search normally solves most issues.
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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby m0lsx » Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:59 am

Setting band edges 00A & 00B to 24 A & B is shown on page 36 of the manual, complete with a simple demonstration of setting 145.300.
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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby Softhead » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:56 am

So how do I program in a search from 118.000 to 137.000 using page 36, cos I can't figure it out
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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby m0lsx » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:48 am

The manual looks reasonable & by the standards of many easy to follow. It often takes some playing around to get the hang of how to program scanners.
Looking at the scanner manual, I had two copies up on my PC.

Press the VFO button, to select VFO mode.
Select frequency..Page 14 gives details of doing this, if you are having issues.
Push the MR button..It looks like MR will flash on the screen
select frequency & mode (AM for air band.)
Push MR button again until 3 beeps heard. The other band edge, the B or upper edge will appear.
Select frequency & mode.
Press MR (Memory button again to save)
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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby M0LFO » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:32 pm

I've just done it,

Press VFO button, you want to be in the VFO mode to enter the frequency
Press 1, 1, 8, then the VFO button to enter that frequency
Press the MODE/SCAN button as many times as you need to select the mode (I presume you want AM in this instance)
Press and hold the 9 button (TS) to set the step, use the R dial (on the right) to select the step you want, then press 9 (TS) again to select
Press and hold the MR S.MW button for 1 second to enter memory write mode
Use the R dial to select memory channel 00A. It might read 400 or some other memory channel number, just go down to 0, then down a little bit more to find 00A
Press and hold MR S.MW for 1 second to store the frequency and settings into memory channel 00A, you should hear 3 beeps

Now do all the above again, but enter 137 instead of 118, and store it in 00B. You won't need to set the step since that's already done, and you'll be in the same mode.

Once you have 137MHz in 00B, press the VFO button just to make sure you're out of any menu, then press and hold down MODE/SCAN then use the R dial to select PROG-00. PROG-00 is where your 00A and 00B frequencies are stored, so select that and let go and it'll start scanning your range.

If you want to stop scanning, press DUALWATCH, press and hold MODE SCAN for one second to start scanning again.
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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby Stealth » Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:27 pm

Try u tube , think theres few vids on it
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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby Softhead » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:59 am

Ok, thanks guys, I've managed to program in 118 - 137 am and it's searching fine. But , how do I store a found or known frequency so that I can scan it later.

Let's say I have 50 various airband frequencies I want to monitor, how the hecky peck do I store and recall those?

I've read the manual god knows how many times
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Re: Icom RC20 - Help

Postby Arcus_2005 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:32 am

I use ARC20 programming software for ICOM IC-R20 with good luck.

Makes it more easy to program banks, and to remove duplicates.

Worth to take a look at. Google ARC20 BuTel software
I'm sure its more, and maybe some free software out there as well that can help you.
In most cases more easy then manual program 50+ on the radio


(For easyer manual, try google ICOM Nifty! Mini-Manuals)
They have a Mini-manual and Tri-folded Wallet Card Combination for the ICOM IC-R20 Receiver / Scanner.
Have not used the icom manual, but did get one for one of my uniden scanners. Helped me alot.
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