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IMHO, if you have to take the radio to an Icom shop to have it put in, you might as well turn in your ham license!!!
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Audio is good but you must run the system into a seperate powered speaker system. I have had this receiver for two nights. The computer itself is still completely operational, and it can be easily steered into a controlled shutdown. It goes to show that software can change a rating and functionality of a radio.
They seemed to be aimed at HF listening. The isnt exactly the greatest thing in the world for ALL band listening but it is better than fair. Grounding does nothing to help QRN.
I think this may be borne out by Icom’s stupidity to release the command set to would be programmers. Thank Gawd for the internal attenuator More information on Probe1K can be found at http: On HF it was hard to judge. All I can tell you at this point is that despite what Icom’s web site says, installation isn’t difficult. Having only one antenna connection for such a wideband radio is no less than a sin.
I have the dsp module installed, a Radio Shack Discone antenna about 25′ in the air and I can listen to anything I want short wave, music, news, utilities, ham radio. My Radio Shack DX has better sensitivity.
Click, click I seperate out what sounds interesting. Overall, having this radio and its flexibility on your computer screen is unique and using an outboard powered speaker will provide many hours of listening pleasure. The DSP card is so simple to install a child of 3 could do it with ease. I recently added the DSP module to the rig, but ic-pcr100 yet had much opportunity to play with it.
I have owned the PCR for nearly 2. New to Ham Radio?
On LF and the AM broadcast band performance is competent, but nothing to rave about. The software has some great advanced scanning features like “TacScan”, “Hyperbanks”, “Smartbanks”, searching, great frequency management and logging features. I’m using a Diamond Discone and I’ve got all kinds of great listening. This setup combo would be a great monitoring tool for emergencies and drills.
I use a discone but this defeats the purpose of having “Good” antennas up on the roof and limits the receive capabilities to that of a discone.
ICOM IC-PCR Wideband Computer Receiver
However a newer version of the software was released recently to allow people with more modern MS operating systems a chance to play. I get the impression it was something that Icom had lying around the warehouse that they wanted to get rid of! I found the rcvr adequate in sensitivity on HF; you are not going to chase DX with this thing but 40M listening was good. On the plus side: Put simply the PCR is an excellent all round receiver that offers more features than the rest for less, and given good programming skills I believe that there may be many more features available yet!
There is a form of lockup that occasionally happens in which the computer serial port apparently stops talking to the radio, and it sits there mute.
If your need is for short wave listening, I would not recommend it as it easily gets overloaded on strong signals and there is virtually no way to reject unwanted signals. Have had mine for a few months. Loads of features even in the cheap software.
Each radio has it’s own eprom addresses so dont try using a backup from another PCR Something that provides a REAL signal to this rig, like an 80 metre dipole, is going to send the front end into absolute conniption fits on HF This rcvr is not meant to compete with an R; it is unique in its own right and priced accordingly. The only cure for this one is to shut things down and start over again.
Last fall I picked up a PCR blackbox receiver.