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Icom IC-A24 NAV-COM Transceiver


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Icom IC-A24 NAV-COM Transceiver


The IC-A24/A6 has a completely renewed style with a large LCD and speaker. It offers simple operation by way of a minimum of practical functions. With its stylish design and reliable performance, the IC-A24/A6 series is a fitting successor to the award winning IC-A23 / IC-A5.

FEATURES:

  • Durable, stylish, and compact body (5-3/32 x 2-1/8 x 1-13/32 in.  15.2 oz.)
  • New channel recall function
  • Simultaneous operating and charging from external power source
  • VOR navigation function (IC-A24 only)
  • Dedicated 121.5MHz Emergency key (Programmed with 121.5MHz homing frequency)
  • Water resistant, equivalent to IPX4
  • 200 alphanumeric memory channels with memory banks
  • Side Tone function

Easy to use while flying
Simple one-handed operation is the most essential feature of the IC-A24/A6. The well labeled, large keypad provides user friendly operation. The large display shows both letters and numbers and is easy to see, making for fast frequency recognition. The display is back lit, and so is the keypad. The light stays on until you turn it off- a very handy feature for flying at night. On the side of the radio, it has a non-slip slit to prevent accidental dropping.

"Flip-flop Plus" channel recall
The IC-A24/A6 stores the last 10 channels used. You can easily recall those channels by pushing the "flip-flop" recall buttons on the front panel. It is convenient for switching between several channels, such as NAV and COM channels.

VOR navigation
The IC-A24 has VOR navigation functions. The DVOR mode shows the radial to or from a VOR station and the CDI mode shows the course deviation to/from a VOR station. You can also input your interested radial to/from the VOR station and show the course deviation on the display. In the USA version, the duplex operation allows you to call a COM channel, while you are using the VOR navigation. (IC-A24 only).

External DC power jack
An external DC power jack allows for operation with the included wall charger, BC-110 or the cigarette lighter cable, CP-20. When the battery pack is installed, simultaneous charging during operation is also possible. In addition, an optional battery case, BP-208N is available.

Water resistant construction
The water resistant construction provides reliable operation in wet conditions. Equivalent to IPX4 (IEC Standard Publication 529 IPX4 - protection against water splashed from any direction).

Large Alphanumeric LCD:
For the function display, a 6-character 14-segment alphanumeric LCD is employed to make a variety of information visually recognizable immediately. An automatic LCD backlight is standard for night time operation. Channel recall function: New for the IC-A24/A6, this function automatically memorized the last 10 used channels. You can easily recall those channels by pushing the recall buttons on the front panel. It is very convenient for switching between several channels at a time, such as NAV channels and COM channels etc.

Dedicated 121.5MHz Emergency Key:
A dedicated red emergency key programmed with a 121.5MHz homing frequency is equipped to give you extra confidence in the event of an emergency.

Large 200 Memory Channel Capacity With Memory Banks:
A total of 200 memory channels can be named with a 6-character channel name for easy recognition. By grouping these channels into 10 memory banks, quick and easy operation is possible.

Side Tone Function:
The side tone function allows you to hear your own voice via a headset. By monitoring you own voice, this function eliminates unnecessary shouting on a noisy runway. Side tone level is adjustable from the transceiver. (Headset Adapter Cable and external aviation headset are required.)

Variety Of Scanning Functions:
The COM band scan checks all of the busy COM band channels, and the memory scan checks the tagged memory channels. Weather channel scan is also possible.

Other Functions:

  • NOAA Weather Channels
  • 5W (PEP) Output Power
  • Low Battery Indication & Over Voltage Alert
  • BNC Type Antenna Connector
  • Keypad Backlighting
  • ANL (Auto Noise Limiter) reduces noise components

Included:

  • Belt clip MB-103
  • Wall charger: BC-110AR
  • Antenna, FA-B02AR
  • 1650 MaH NiMH Battery pack: BP-210N
  • Headset adapter, OPC-499
  • Carrying case , LC-159

SPECIFICATIONS:
GENERAL:

  • Frequency Range:
    Transmit IC-A24/A6 118-000-136.975MHz
    Receive IC-A24 108-000-136.975MHz
    IC-A6 118-000-136.975MHz
    WX 161.650-163.275MHz
  • Channel Spacing 25 kHz
  • Mode AM (6K00A3E)
    16K0G3E (WX Channels)
  • No. of Memory Channels 200 Channels / 10 banks
  • Antenna Impedance 50Ω Nominal (BNC type)
  • Power Supply Requirement 7.4/7.2V DC battery pack 11.0V DC external DC Jack
  • Current Drain @7.2V DC
    Transmit 1.5A typ.
    Receive AF Max. 300mA typ.
    Stand-by 70mA typ.
  • Operating Temp. Range -10ºC to +60ºC
    14ºF to +140ºF
  • Dimensions (HxWxD) 129.3x54x35.5 mm (projections not included) 5-3/32x2-1/8x1-13/32 in.
  • Weight (approx.) 430g; 15.2oz (with antenna & BP-210N)

TRANSMITTER:

  • Output Power @ 7.2V 5.0W typ. PEP 1.5W typ. CW
  • Modulation System Low Level Modulation
  • Modulation Limiting 70-100%
  • Audio Harmonic Distortion Less than 10%@60% mod
  • Hum and Noise Ratio More than 35dB
  • Spurious Emissions More than 46dB
    (Except operating Frequency +62.5kHz point)
  • Frequency Stability +5ppm (room temp)
  • Microphone Impedance More than 100KΩ

RECEIVER:

  •  Intermediate Frequency: 1st 30.05MHz
    2nd 450kHz
  • Sensitivity (typical)
    NAV AM 6dB S/N Less than 0.71µV
    COM AM 6dB S/N Less than 0.5µV
    WX FM 12dB SINAD Less than 0.22µV
  • Threshold Squelch Sensitivity
    AM Less than 1µV
    FM Less than 0.45µV
  • Selectivity More than 7.5kHz/6dB
    Less than 25kHz/60dB
  • Spurious Response
    AM More than 60dB
    FM More than 30dB
  • Audio Output Power More than 500mW
    (8Ω load 10% dist. 30% mod.)
  • Hum and Noise More than 40dB @
    30% mod

 

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Customer Reviews For Icom IC-A24 NAV-COM Transceiver:
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Why the gee whiz and not the basics?
by A Customer from Hagerstown MD USA 

Pros: Crisp clear reception and functions.
Cons: Limited to 8 hour charge and no indication of charge or charge level.
Review: Cloning isn't needed for most users.
A battery that can be plugged in overnight and an indication of charging and charge level is.
Overall great radio for picking up VORS and calling the tower (actually lost the planes radios in flight and needed the Icom, it's second trip in the plane).
Can't understand why the battery and charging are neglected and fairly useless features are implemented.
Great radio that can be improved.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
by Joe from Bellevue, WA 
Review: Works great! Reliable & feature rich. 4 stars Because: I need to pullout the manual every time i want to program in a new frequency - extremely NOT intuitive.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Good buy
by A Customer from Boise ID USA 

Pros: Excellent reception. Solid construction
Cons: No glideslope, but I think I'd rather divert than try to fly a glideslope on a handheld.
Review: Great reception. Haven't had it that long but looks and feels durable. Much more so than the Sporty's nav-com that I purchased a couple of years ago that is made of flimsy plastic and whose display conked out without really ever being used!
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Would purchase again
by Joseph from Leesburg VA USA 

Pros: Easy to use and recall channels
Cons: Haven't found any yet
Review: Great product with easy to use interface. Great reception and transmitting, even while in a metal jet bridge. Battery life sufficient to the day's work.
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Monday, February 04, 2013
OK for emergency situations yet not as good as it could be
by Rick from Monterey CA USA 

Pros: a usefull tool if emergency electronics/radio failure occurs
Cons: Not engineered well & not easy to use
Review: IC-A24 Nav-Com transceiver serves its purpose & does the job though not as easy to use as should be.
-Battery indication not up to par with todays technology - no indicator of charge until low.
-Channel tuner could be designed for quick tuning yet rotary dial is not as user friendly as hoped.
-Difficult at best to use for advanced funtions.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
by A Customer from Bettendorf IA USA 
Pros: Good display
Cons: None
Review: This radio completely met my expectations. The receiving sensitivity is excellent.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
its complicated
by Jack from Maple Valley WA USA 

Pros: feels and looks nice
Cons: doesnt work well/complicated to use
Review: So far i havent had much luck with my new transciever.  Found it to be very complicated to use and the directions to do correspond to the radio well. reception is almost (is)non existant.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
A mixed bag, some good aspects, some could be better.
by Jay from Oakland CA USA 

Pros: Extremely Rugged, direct freq keypad, loud speaker.
Cons: UI design (particularly memory&adv functions), charger.
Review: It was pretty much as expected in most ways. I accepted a rudimentary UI design as a trade off for a ruggedly built radio (which it is, physical hardware is well fitted and solid). My priorities were a reasonable ease of use for critical functions, reliability, and base functionality. this radio does these things so far. As others have observed, it has a good amp on the speaker, so it can be quite loud. It's also extremely solid, you could probably use it as a hammer and still have it work after (not recommended use obviously). The lit keypad and screen are clear and of good quality, important for an electrics-out scenario. Direct frequency entry is easy and one-handed, as is the 10 channel history.

The first unit I got had unacceptable range performance and was returned, the replacement did much better, but I'd call the reception slightly underwhelming on the ground(i.e. KOAK ATIS isn't easily heard from very far away during the day).
As this is a backup unit, I haven't had call to use it in the air yet, so full disclosure, I'm not able to rate it's TX/RX performance under normal use conditions yet. Given that it's an easier environment, I'm guessing it will do fine.

The memory functions are sadly obtuse, and while the 10 channel scrolling memory is easier and useful, I need to sit down and take the time to program my usual frequencies into the memory banks, likely with the manual in one hand. This I expected from other reviews, so it's not the primary problem I have with it. There are also several more advanced features that will require some RTFM time to utilize. I am an advanced technical professional, so if I need the manual, well, that's not the best UI design ever then.

Clearly the design of the radio is dated, and has a few defects. Firstly the UI is needing someone who understands UI (not a radio engineer) to redo the interface in a sane fashion, instead of the usual engineer-centric design. I sense the influence of motorola here (great hardware, miserable software). The only exception is the squelch mode button, instead of a dedicated squelch dial, minor annoyance to use and a bad hardware call, likely to save pennies on the design. It's okay, but fumbly for one hand.

But perhaps even more egregious as the general UI fail is the charger. It's a dumb charging circuit which they warn to only plug in for 6-8 hours at a time. This means that there's nothing in the circuit but a limiter diode, which is possibly the worst way to charge a nimh battery. There is no excuse for this given what decade it is, where intelligent battery charging options are a $0.10 component add to a standard electronic design. Battery life seems quite long, but I will likely adapt a smart charger to the pack to keep it that way. (but I'm fairly expert in this, you may wish to follow manufacturer instructions and/or just use a lamp timer).

I recommend getting the AA battery pack accessory and putting lithium AA batteries in it for both performance and shelf life, if this is your backup unit. and put in a battery check into your calendar/checklist as appropriate.

Also, it's very a la carte, and the accessories are a little spendy, so do your math with the full costs. (the headset adapter is also pretty necessary, IMHO).

As long as you understand your priorities this can be a good solution, but the technical professional in me is a bit frustrated by how much better it *could* be. That said, the competition isn't much better on the UI front either.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Very good product, idle for short trip in ulm or to be use on the tarmac
by Denis-Christian from Florensac Herault France 

Review: Just one bad thing : battery capacity, too short, think to plug it either on a wall adapter or in 12v.  The customer service (Mike) is really sympatic and professional, quick and good answer by mail or phone.Packaging ok, delay ok (one week from AZ to France).
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Very pratical, I recomend
by Sandra from Orlando FL USA 

Pros: VOR Navigation
Review: For use with general aviation this product is very practical, mainly for aircrafts that didn't has basic instruments for navigation.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
I would buy this product again
by nikolaos DANALATOS from PIREUS Athens Greece 

Pros: Simple one-handed operation- user friendly operation - fast frequency recognition - last 10 channels stored and easy recall - VOR course deviation-
Cons: Somewhat heavier than originally thought but I consider this a minor cons.
Review: The product has absolutely met my expectations. As said I would buy this product again.
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Friday, May 20, 2011
works great
by A Customer from NC USA 

Pros: easy to use
Cons: battery doesnt last
Review: Works great. Battery doesnt last very long though.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I would buy again
by morris d from beaver OK USA 

Review: The transceiver need a battery icon in with the number so you can monitor it better
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Well built but complex
by A Customer from North Mankato MN USA 

Pros: Dials & buttons
Cons: Programmer approach to using it readily.
Review: Very well constructed radio. It takes some reading and practice to be able to use comfortably.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Good product
by Harley from Afghanistan 

Pros: Good product
Cons: None
Review: I am using this radio in Afghanistan as an emergency communication sysytem. Everything works as expected.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A great radio if you can figure out how to use it.
by Douglas from Manassas VA USA 

Pros: Great reception.
Cons: Not user friendly. Dificult to use if following the instruction booklet.
Review: This is a good radio, good reception, but dificult to use as it is not user friendly, especially the book of instructions.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
A24 with external headsets..... GROWLs
by Walt from Appling, GA 

Pros: Good solid radio
Cons: Feedback with external headsets... DC power cord intermittent.
Review:

I purchased my A24 in 2005 at the Oshkosh EAA fly in. I have had it 'ON' nearly continuously mounted in my pickup with the DC power cord and an external antenna. I transfer it into my flight bag when flying, and back to the truck when on the ground....recently, my #2 NavCom died in my aircraft, so I wanted to use the A24 until I could replace the panel mount.

Tried it with a PTT from Sportys and my headset. Growls on transmit. I also tried my other external PTT and two additional head sets (all three headsets tried are different brands). All three headsets and both PTTs work in the aircraft with the panel mounted #1 NARCO radio. But all combinations growled with the A-24 / OPC-499 / remote PTTs/ 3 headsets.

Last night I spent several hours with my former boss and Ham radio operator, at his work bench (he has better test equipment than my shack, and was an avionics tech while on active duty). It seems to be an impedance issue in the mic circuit. - Radio with out any external attachments checked out fine (frequency count and stability good, power and modulation as expected using HP freq counter/ modulation check / spectrum analyzer) - plugged in the OPC-499 head set adapter. No headset expected nothing but carrier but had modulation I was keying with the PTT in the body of the radio. Added the EXTERNAL PTT switch (still no head set). When using the external PTT (no head set) I got the pure carrier I expected.

Apparently, even though the OPC-499 was plugged in, it does not disable the internal mic from the internal PTT. Now add the headset GROWL!!!!!!!!! Some type of feedback/ oscillation!!! Removed the rubber duck antenna and replaced with 50 Ohm BNC termination plug (i.e. eliminate the RF feed back.) Still GROWLssss!!!!!! Showed ~10v open on mic circuit, and loaded with mic from head set pulled down to ~4.4Volts. Placed variable resister across the mic I could pull down the circuit until I stopped the oscillation, but that also pulled down the audio drive to where the modulation was very low. Went online and looked at schematics of some ICOM 2 meter units I saw biasing circuits with a dropping resister and by-pass capacitor in some of their tone encoding mics. I also re-read the manual . On the head phone circuit it specified 8 olms great for Hi-Fi but not 600 olms of aviation head sets.

Hey ICOM how about an adapter that works with a broad class of aviation headsets not just Dave Clarks. As suggested in the manual. I'd sure like a fix for this!!!

Thanks Walt. Ret. Military Communication Officer Ham Radio Operator Private Pilot.

P.S. The DC power cord plug in the lower right side is a weak point I have to use rubber-bands/wire ties/Velcro to keep the plug in reliably.


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Monday, January 18, 2010
Great Tool for a genius
by Rich from San Antonio TX USA 

Pros: Strong signal, clear sound, durable
Cons: Complicated to program and use. The VOR is tough to read sometimes. No BAttery life symbol to watch the battery life. Just a low sign, then it's gone.
Review: This Handheld has everything you need, then some, but if your planning on using all the features, you might consider really spending some time in the right seat playing with it before you try and fly with it. It's pretty complicated and the button reaction time expects you to know what you are doing. But once you get comfortable with the radio, it is really nice. Great Range, clear sound, durable, other than the antenna falling off on occasion. I really like it. It gives me good peace of mind.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
by Michael Thompson from New Brighton PA USA 
Review: Works well but the antenna keeps falling off. A paving contractor that was also working at the same county airport paved over his antenna that fell off. It doesn't work well with out the antenna. I have been fortunate I always was able to find the antenna. Michael C. Thompson
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Manual written in China: BEWARE!
by Jim from Apple Valley, CA 

Pros: Appears well-built.
Cons: 1980's bass-ackward keystroke sequences to memorize.
Review: "Scratchy & unreadable; not up to ATC standards". Sent back to Icom twice; "Bench tests fine". Spent 5 hours reading three memory channel pages; it's like a page is missing. Translated from Chinese perhaps. Nobody else could get the memory channels to work as advertised, & the distributor has no training with it. Ground use only.
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Monday, July 27, 2009
like it a lot
by A Customer from REYNOLDSVILLE PA USA 

Pros: Quick and easy frequency entry
Cons: VOR bearing is a little loose within a few degrees depends on antenna oriantation
Review: This radio is exceptionally easy to operate. Being able to directly key in freqencies is especially helpful and allows for quick change over from Comm to Nav which is extremely importantant to me because I work on ILS,VOR and Nav equipment. I would highly recomend it
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
It is what I expected, no surprises
by A Customer from Fulshear TX USA 

Pros: Nice features, works well in the airplane
Cons: Takes a lot of reading to take advantage of all features
Review: The radio has a lot of potential. It is not terrible easy to navigate or work. I carry the little "cheat sheet" with me at all times so I can quickly do the basics.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This is the beessssstttttttt!
by florin daniel from nannestad Norway 

Review: I'm verry verry pleased!
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Monday, June 01, 2009
I definitely recommend
by Vivian from Pflugerville texas USA 

Pros: none
Cons: Clear, audible, and easy to use
Review: AWESOME.  I'll definitely recommend this product to any pilot student or even professional pilots.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Ancient technology
by Walter from Switzerland 

Pros: Simple and solid
Cons: Old interface
Review: The thechnology of this radio seems to be from the '90. It does his job, but compared to what the technology can offer today, especially the display and the interface, it is really from last century.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Performance summary: ramp operations
by Flingwing Pilot from Lafayette, LA 

Pros: Lasts all day
Cons: Unable to see light on during the day, no indication on display. High noise drowns out belt-clipped radio.
Review: I work at an airport: high noise environment, long hours, constant radio chatter, and I use my IC-A24 the whole day long to monitor traffic, with occasional comms to the tower. The radio performs very well in this workplace. Occasionally I accidentally turn the backlight on (button situated right next to PTT) and in bright sunlight you'll never know the backlight is on, thus battery will inevitably drain a little faster. Hanging on my belt, the radio talks away from your body (and ears). Some kind of speaker deflector is needed to direct speaker towards your ear (I use my hand when I hear the radio) especially during high noise times (jet engines, etc). Radio sleeve cover showing high wear after one year of ramp ops (radio itself still fine). No 'charging' indication on supplied wall charger, which I think makes the radio charger appear a little 'cheap'.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Good solid radio
by A Customer from Berthoud CO USA 

Pros: Solid performance/easy to use
Cons: Squelch is a bit touchy
Review: I purchased this radio to replace my King KX99. The radio performs well as my primary radio in an Ercoupe; although the squelch is a bit touchy compared to the KX99. Overall given the choices out there a best bet.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
by Salvatore D from Rutland VT USA 
Review: I gave it as gift( because his radio failed on one flight). But from what he has told me it has surpassed all expectations.
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Friday, November 07, 2008
by bryan from reno NV USA 
Pros: getting ATIS and clearance before you fire the engine
Review: Good buy. I recommend it, although don't buy it if you want to navigate with it.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Exceeded my expecations!
by Piper Colt Pilot from Jamestown NY USA 

Pros: Easy to use with one hand. Memory bank is great on trips.
Cons: Low battery indicater warning only gives about 15 minutes notice before the radio quits.
Review: This is my main radio on the airplane. It works very well and is easy to use. It transmits and receives well. The VOR functions are also easy to use. Sometimes I would get a loud feed back squeal if transmitting through my headset, intercom, and radio. The Icom web site recommended installing a ferrite chokecore on the microphone wire. I bought a chokecore at Radio Shack, installed it, and the squeal was eliminated.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Good Investment
by Nishant from Phoenix AZ USA 

Pros: Excellent communications.
Cons: VOR function is limited.
Review: The radio is excellent. I use it often and value it as an emergency radio. The communications features are great, but the VOR function is very limited. I tried to use the VOR once in a C152 and the signal was intermittent. It seemed as though the aircraft itself was preventing the radio from picking up and maintaining the VOR signal. I tried it at different altitudes and distances to the VOR beacon and regardless the radio did a bad job at best at maintaining a signal good enough to navigate with. I ended up putting it away as trying to use the VOR on the handheld radio was very, very distracting.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Did not perform
by Backwash from Pennsylvania 

Pros: Nice color
Cons: Doesn't work
Review: Receives OK. Transmissions are weak. When I first tried it, it gave no bearing information in the air. So, I bought a remote antena kit. No improvement. Sent it back to Icom which touched up the allignment. Still no bearing info. Sent it back again. Icom said it was unable to verify failure on the bench and replaced it. New radio gives no bearing info in the air, even with a 17 mile clear line of sight to VOR. I couldn't recommend this radio to anyone, (unless you plan to fly a bench).
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Makes it Easy
by James T Gendreau from Winter Park, FL 

Pros: Great tool in the cockpit no matter what you fly!
Cons: Have none
Review: I found it great to be able to get my IFR clearance before starting up the engine and being able to clearly hear ATC!
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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Overall, and excellent radio
by A Customer from dallas texas 

Review: Great handheld. Quality of Transmit and receive is outstanding. Great range with an external antenna.

2 Items I would improve;

A better charge indicator. It needs something that lets you know it is taking a charge, and a general battery indicator. Cell phones do this, Why not the ICOM? All it has is a low battery indicator, which is just before the transmit function gives out.

Takes a while to figure out all of the functions. It has a LOT of them, which is good, but a little complex to learn.

Overall though, a great radio!
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Friday, June 15, 2007
BEWARE of the power input.
by Pratik Pokharel from VNCG South Africa 

Review: The performance is really acceptional and the endurance and the range is acceptional. BUT Beware of the fact that the INPUT VOLTAGE for charging is 120 Volts.. In most of the nations the normal household voltage supply is 240 Volts.... So, Please make sure of the fact and don't regret for nothing like I unfortunately had to.....
This product is good and thanks for "mypilotstore" for helping me get it..
[Editor Note: The IC-A24 here uses the 120V charger that is used in USA and Canada. Most countries outside North America use 220-volt electricity. If you are using 220V you will need the BC-110DR 220V Wall Charger.]
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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Love it !!!
by Randy from Shortsville, NY 

Pros: Convenient, easy to use once set up.
Cons: Users Guide is not totally user friendly. They have made assumptions.
Review: This product is everything I expected and more. I absolutely love it. It was difficult at first setting it up - but once you have your channels programmed - scanning works great. Battery lasts quite a while before having to charge it back up.

I have not tried out or tested it's ability to actually navigate yet.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
by PIPER 3028E from  
Pros: SIZE
Cons: SCRATCHY SPEAKER
Review: PRODUCT OPERATED AS ADVERTISED.. SPEAKER I BELIEVE IS A BIT SMALL MAKES THE SOUND HI PITCHED AND SOMEWHAT ANNOYING, OTHER WISE VERY GOOD. WORKS WELL FOR ITS SIZE
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Friday, February 16, 2007
by Bob from Santa Monica, CA 
Cons: None
Review: The IC-A24 NAV COM is an excellent unit that was purchased for emergency use in case of panel mounted NAV-COM failure in our aircraft that is used to deliver medical and school supplies to remote villages in Mexico. It is as advertised and replaces an earlier model that now serves as a base station. In order to make the unit more effective, we also purchased the Icom PTT switch, Icom alkaline battery case (in case the rechargeable battery runs down) and the aftermarket cigarette cable which allows use of aircraft battery power. All are excellent and were priced right and delivered promptly.
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Sunday, August 20, 2006
by A Customer from Mesa, AZ 
Review: I have been very disappointed with this radio. Receiving voice signals from a tower tends to be marginal and fades out at 5 miles from the station. The transmitting is very poor. With a 2 mile direct line of sight the tower says the receiving is "readable but scratchy". When 3 miles out it is un-readable. The Nav has the same poor reception and does not give a difinitive signal for a VOR. I would never be able to rely on it in an emergency. I have already sent it back into ICOM and they sent it back saying "it checked out fine on the bench". This is not what I expected for performance with this radio.
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Previous Customer Questions For Icom IC-A24 NAV-COM Transceiver:
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On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 a customer asked:
Q:
Can I scan/recieve local fire,police with this model in the U.S. John
A: No, this transceiver can only transmit and receive on the airband frequencies which are between 108 MHz and 137 MHz.

On Wednesday, March 02, 2011 a customer asked:
Q:
i have an icom A24 Nav-Com with a bp 227 battery (1800mAh li-ion) which charger should I get?
A: You should be able to use the BC-167SA.

On Wednesday, September 09, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
is the icom a24 available with regular batterys, not rechargeables?
A:

There is an Alkaline Battery Case for the A24 available for separate purchase.

On Monday, August 24, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
I have the Ic-A24 and the Ic-A5 transceivers with the nicad battery packs. What is the best way to charge theses radios, I'm using the BC110Ar for both. Can I do that and I'm not happy with the duration of the charge. Is there a better way? Thank You, RHJ
A: You can use the BC-119N Rapid Charger (with the appropriate adapters) to charge them faster, however if you are concerned with the duration of the charge you might want to consider a higher capacity Ni-MH battery to replace the Ni-Cad batteries.  We have a 1450 mAh NI-MH battery for the IC-A5 and a 2000 mAh NI-MH battery for the IC-A24.

On Friday, July 17, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
Will the Icom OPC-752 headset adapter for the IC-A4 work with the IC-A24.
A: No, the Icom IC-A24 requires the OPC-499 headset adapter.  It is included with the IC-A24, however a replacement can be found here.

On Friday, June 19, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
Could I buy IC-A24 with BC-110DR wall charger instead of BC-110AR?
A: We do not offer an IC-A24 which comes pre-packaged with the BC-110DR however it is available for separate purchase here.

On Thursday, June 11, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
Is there any indication of battery useage, charge left, charging percent completed, anything except the low battery symbol?
A: No it does not. The low battery indicator will appear when the battery requires charging and the recommended charging time is 8 hours.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
Will this H/Held work in conjunction with the LightSPEED QFR Solo C Headset
A: Sure, no problem at all.  Just plug the headset into the headset adapter that is included with the IC-A24 and you're all set.

On Monday, May 11, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
Is there a Remote Speaker Microphone available for this radio?
A: Yes, the Icom HM-173 Speaker Mic will work with the IC-A24.

On Friday, April 10, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
I am flying in the philippines, but im going to purchase ic-a24 in US, is it possible to purchase a 220v instead of 110v that is use in US.
A: Yes, the 220V Wall Charger for the A24 is available for separate purchase.

On Wednesday, December 24, 2008 a customer asked:
Q:
Where is the ICOM manufactured?
A: Icom transceivers are made in Japan.

On Friday, May 23, 2008 a customer asked:
Q:
Is it possible to order the ICOM A24 with the Wall charger for EUROPEAN VERSION 220V?
A: There is a separate 220v charger that is available for purchase.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2008 a customer asked:
Q:
Can you talk on 121.5
A: Yes, you can transmit and receive on the emergency channel 121.5.

On Thursday, November 22, 2007 a customer asked:
Q:
1. Which battery and charger is shipped with the Icom-A24?
A: Included:
Belt clip MB-103
Wall charger: BC-110AR
Antenna, FA-B02AR
1650 MaH NiMH Battery pack: BP-210N
Headset adapter, OPC-499
Carrying case, LC-159

On Sunday, August 19, 2007 a customer asked:
Q:
I'm looking to purchase an ICOM A-24 Tranciever and there are two batteries available. One is a Lithium Ion (BP211N) and the other NiMH (BP210N). Is there some information I could obtain explaining the advantages and or disadvantages of each of these batteries so I could make a more educated decision. Thanks, Park Payne
A: Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh) can be recharged quickly and easily, do not suffer from "memory effect" and do not need to be fully discharged before recharging. Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are the most advanced technology and do not suffer from "memory effect", do not have to be fully discharged before recharging, and deliver more energy per charge than NiMH.

On Sunday, January 07, 2007 a customer asked:
Q:
Your catalog spec. (channel spacing) is 25 Kc Band wildth. This is the band width for 720 channels. IS THIS RADIO 8.33KC BAND WIDTH OR 25 KC BAND WITH.
A: Frequency range : Tx/Rx 118.000–136.975MHz, Rx 108.000–117.975MHz, Weather 161.650–163.275MHz, Channel spacing : 25kHz, No. of memory channels : 200 (20 Ch × 10 banks)


 

 

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