ICOM, a Japanese manufacturer of quality communications equipment, produced
many variations of HF/VHF/UHF transmitting and receiving equipment primarily for
the US market. They were and still are one of the "big four" of radio equipment
manufacturers along with Yaesu, Kenwood, and ALINCO. I have many examples of
vintage solid-state ICOM equipment on the shelves, most of which has seen considerable use over the years.
The ICOM VR-500 multi-mode receiver is a general purpose
hand-held radio which covers LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF ranges to 1300 MHz. As such it
is handy as a quick test monitor for any equipment within that range. I like
to carry it in my knapsack when hiking to keep track of amateur radio and
public service activities. The short whip does a remarkable job, even on the
lower frequencies. Modes available are AM, FM (wide and narrow), CW, and SSB.
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