New Icom IC-V86 7W VHF HT to arrive spring 2019!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W4LKO, Feb 19, 2019.

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  1. W4LKO

    W4LKO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Icom has announced that a new 7W VHF HT will arrive this spring, the IC-V86. The IC-V86 will replace the IC-V80.


    Icom IC-V86 Features:
    • 144-148MHz
    • 7W RF output power
    • Powerful Audio: 1500mW output and the case is acoustically optimized for maximum audio output.
    • IP54/MIL-STD-810G
    • 2250mAh Li-Ion battery pack
    • Traditional BNC connector
    MSRP is $169.00.

    This radio has not been FCC approved, but for $1 you can reserve one now by clicking HERE.
    KM4WRQ, W3MT and AB4KA like this.
  2. AA1PR

    AA1PR Ham Member QRZ Page

    old school BNC and a mono band, no thanks
    KN4MPC, KN4LGM and 2E0EUG like this.
  3. NK2U

    NK2U Ham Member QRZ Page


    Love the old school BNC connector!!! All my Larsen Helical Quarterwave rubber ducks are fitted with BNC.

    de NK2U
    KN4RA, K0PIR, KM4WRQ and 9 others like this.
  4. W1RDT

    W1RDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Useless, antiquated display
  5. K6LCS

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    Last I researched. quality BNC connectors are rated at about 2-3 times the number of connects-disconnects as quality SMA connectors are.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2019
    KM4WRQ, WA8FOZ, PA3KC and 6 others like this.
  6. K6LCS

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    For some, "less" is more attractive: Just a channel number and a battery condition meter ... (g)
    W0AMT, KZ4P, K0PIR and 3 others like this.
  7. KV4JW

    KV4JW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I can dig the BNC connector. Looks like a solid, rugged, no frills HT that does what an HT is supposed to do - transmit and receive.
    KZ4P, KN4RA, K3UJ and 7 others like this.
  8. AG6QR

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    BNC is nice, and being monoband means, at least in theory, it can have a narrow front end that is not very susceptible to desense from out-of-band signals. Could be a radio that does one thing and does it well.
    KZ4P, KN4RA, K0WJ and 2 others like this.
  9. VE1LH

    VE1LH Ham Member QRZ Page

    An HT on 147 MHz running 7 watts FM and used in a fairly common fashion being just inches from one's head might appear to be exceeding the maximum RF exposure limit. No doubt the RF output could be reduced and a speaker microphone could be used to mitigate this.
    K0DC, G3SEA and N2NOW like this.
  10. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    It looks like a clone of the Yaesu FT-4XR which also is a rugged little brick of a dual bander but with a reverse SMA connector and priced at
    around $ 100.

    G3SEA/KH6 :cool:

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