Various modes for wide range
Various modes are supported for listening to not only amateur bands, FM or TV Broadcast stations, but also marine and avionics. The IC-R8500 covers a wide frequency range continuously from 0.1 to 1999.99999MHz* with 10Hz resolution. Guaranteed 0.1-1000MHz and 1240-1300MHz only. Some versions have restricted coverage.
Superior receive characteristics
The IC-R8500 has superior high receive sensi-tivity over its entire range and the built-in, high quality crystal (TCXO) provides good frequency stability of less than 100Hz below 30MHz; less than 3ppm above 30MHz. A variable tuning system, which is employed in the front-end tuning circuit, improves multi-signal characteristics, ensuring enhanced receiving performance.
Versatile scanning functions
Basic scanning, memory, priority and program scans are available, and for more advanced needs, select scans can also be selected. The VSC (voice scan control) provides efficient scanning by skipping unmodulated signals.
IF shift and APF function
The IF shift function works efficiently to reject interference from nearby signals, especially in SSB mode. The APF adjusts the peak frequency of the received audio, particularly in CW mode.
Ample 1000 memory channels
The IC-R8500 has 800 memory channels divid-ed into 20 banks (40 channels each), plus an auto memory write area of 100 channels and a skip area of the 100 channels. Alphanumeric names can be assigned to the channels (up to 8 characters) and banks (up to 5 characters) for easy recognition. Also, there are 20 scan edge memory channels to store 10 sets of frequencies for programmed scan plus 1 priority channel for priority scan.
Other outstanding features
· REC and REC remote terminals for tape recorder control and for recording received signals
· SO-239 type and phono (RCA) antenna connectors for HF bands and type-N for VHF/UHF
· S-meter squelch
· Optional UT-102 Voice Synthesizer
· Sleep timer (30, 60, 90, 120 min. selectable)
· Optional TV-R7 100 MFM ADAPTER to view TV broadcasts
· Noise blanker, RF attenuator, and selectable AGC
· MC function tunes the receiving frequency to the center of FM or WFM signals
· RS-232C serial interface connector
PC remote control
The optional RS-R8500 software allows you to control the IC-R8500 from your PC. All the receiver functions are available from the front panel screen. The memory channel list and pro-gram scan list makes it easier to edit the contents, and the bandscope screen provides special function that the RC-R8500 does not have. When you find the busy frequency, clicking on the screen will tune to that frequency.