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Icom IC-R20 Unblocked
Wideband handheld receiver

Discontinued. Browe our selection of other great scanners and shortwave radios >>

Scan, Monitor and Record – The Pro’s Scanner!
arrow Full frequency coverage (0.150MHz to 3304.9999)
arrow FM, WFM, AM, USB, LSB and CW receive modes
arrow Monitor two frequencies with Dualwatch function
arrow Built-in ferrite bar antenna for AM broadcasts
arrow 100 regular plus 200 automatic memory channels
arrow Icom’s fastest scanner at 100 channels per second
arrow 4-hour digital audio recorder (32MB)
arrow High capacity Li-ion battery (3.7V/1650mAh/ 11hrs)
arrow Use bandscope to monitor signal strength
arrow Auto squelch and squelch monitor capability
arrow PC remote control capability with optional CT-17

2 for 1, Dualwatch receive
Until the IC-R20, the capability of monitoring two frequencies required two radios. Whether you need to monitor local public safety, air traffic control, or at the track listening to two drivers, even the play by play from both the local TV and radio station is possible!
See specifications for actual frequency ranges for Dual-watch receive.

Shortwave to microwave, Wideband coverage
The IC-R20 covers 150kHz to 3304.999MHz* in SSB, CW, AM, FM and WFM modes. This covers AM/FM radio and TV broadcasts, wireless communications for boaters, aviation, conventional public safety and many other commercial services.
* Depending on version, U.S.A. version is cellular blocked.

4-hour digital recorder
The IC-R20 has an internal 32MB digital recorder capable of storing received communications. This feature is useful in a variety ways, like recording a wireless microphone audio at a meeting. There is also a USB port to download to a computer for storage or to forward to a friend.
PC playback not possible

CTCSS, DTCS tone signaling
When multiple users share the same channel, these users use specialized signaling to reduce interference from other users. The two popular signaling formats, CTCSS and DTCS are standard in the IC-R20. Tone scan is also possible.

Alphanumeric memory channels
With 1,000 regular memory channels, 200 automatic memory scan channels and 25 pairs of frequency scan edges, the IC-R20 makes it easy to identify received signals with the capability of programming a name to each channel.

11 hours of continuous receive*
Icom’s energy efficient design allows the IC-R20 11* hours of continuous reception from the internal Li-Ion battery pack. Also, the IC-R20 can operate with 3 AA Alkaline cells, or longer operation as well as charging the internal battery pack is possible from either an optional cigarette lighter cable or the supplied AC adapter.
* Single receive in FM mode, at Max. AF audio.
* The IC-R20 Sport is the version sold in the US. The BP-206 is an option.

See your signals
Sometimes hearing a signal is not enough, so the IC-R20 includes a band scope. The bandscope enables you to see signals around a monitored frequency. An additional function of the bandscope is the ability to hear the signal while sweeping a range, so you can see if the signal is modulated.

Scan features
The IC-R20 is Icom’s fastest receiver with 100* channels per second scanning speed. You can tag memory channels into dynamic banks, ranging from Max. 100 channels per bank (Max. 26 banks) as well as link multiple banks for customized memory bank scanning. Additionally, the IC-R20 offers multiple scanning controls such as scan delay, scan resume for received signal notification.
* In VFO mode.

Other Features

  • VSC (Voice Squelch Control) opens the squelch only when a modulated signal is detected.
  • Offset monitor capability for semi-duplex channel monitoring
  • Auto squelch and squelch monitor capability
  • Built-in attenuator and RF gain control
  • Noise blanker, ANL (Auto Noise Limiter), AF filter
  • AFC (Auto Frequency Control) function
  • CI-V PC remote control capability with optional CT-17
  • Built-in ferrite bar antenna for AM broadcast
  • FM earphone cord antenna capability
  • Dial speed-up function
  • Auto power off and power save functions
  • Key lock function
  • Rotary selector and up/down buttons are reversible
  • Weather channel and weather alert*
    * U.S.A. version only
  • Preprogrammed with TV and popular shortwave channels
Icom IC-R20 Specifications:
Frequency Coverage
0.150–1304.999, 1305.000–3304.999MH*
*Cellular blocked in the U.S.A. version.
Dualwatch VFO A: 0.150–469.999MHz (LSB, USB, CW, AM, FM, WFM modes)
:Dualwatch VFO B: 118–174.999, 330–1304.999MHz (AM, FM, WFM modes)
* 0.150-469.999MHz
Number of channels
1250 (1000 regular, 50 scan edges and 200 auto memory write)
Tuning steps
0.01, 0.1, 5, 6.25, 8.33*, 9*, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 100kHz
* Selectable depending on operating bands.
Frequency stability
±2.5ppm (–10°C to +60°C on the basis of 25° C)
Battery requirement
BP-206 or 3 × AA (R6) alkaline cells
External power supply
6.0V DC ±5% (with BC-149A/D, CP-18A/E)

Current drain (at 3.7V DC)
(Single receive, IC rec OFF)

Rated audio 150mA typ. (Backlight off)
Standby 100mA typ. (Backlight off)
Power save 35mA typ. (duty=1:4)
Operating temperature range
–10°C to +60°C; +14°F to +140°F
Antenna impedance
50Ω (BNC)
60(W)×142(H)×34.8(D) mm
Weight (approx.)
320g; 11.3oz (With antenna and BP-206)
Receiver system
1st: 266.7 MHz, 429.1 MHz
2nd: 19.65 MHz
3rd: 450 kHz
Intermediate frequencies
46.35MHz/450kHz (1st/2nd)
(except spurious points; single receive)
FM (12dB SINAD) 
1.620– 4.999MHz 0.56μV
5.000– 221.999MHz 0.4μV
330.000– 832.999MHz 0.56μV
833.000– 1304.999MHz 0.71μV
1330.000–2304.999MHz 5.6μV
2330.000– 2999.999MHz 18μV
76.000– 108.000MHz 1.8μV
175.000– 221.999MHz 1.8μV
470.000– 769.999MHz 2.5μV
AM (10dB S/N)
0.495– 4.999MHz 2.2μV
5.000– 29.999MHz 1.4μV
118.000– 135.999MHz 1.4μV
SSB, CW 10dB S/N
0.495– 4.999MHz 0.4μV
5.000– 29.999MHz 0.25μV
50.000– 53.999MHz 0.25μV
118.000– 146.999MHz 0.25μV
330.000– 469.999MHz 0.32μV
SSB, CW: More than 1.8kHz/–6dB
AM, FM: More than 12kHz/–6dB
              Less than 30kHz/–60dB
WFM: More than 150kHz/–6dB
AF output power (at 3.7V DC)
More than 60dB
Audio output power (at 13.8 V DC)
100mW typ. at 10% distortion with an 8Ω load
External SP connector
3-conductor 3.5 (d) mm (1⁄8″) /8Ω
Unit Accessories button

Icom R-20

Package Includes:
• IC-R20
Li-ion Battery, BP-206
• Wall charger, BC-149A/D
• Belt clip, MB-98
• Handstrap
• Antenna




Icom IC-R20 Receiver


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