Icom IC-R8600 SDR Receiver to 3 GHz
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- Continuous reception range from 10 kHz to 3000 GHz
- 10.9 cm colour touch display with waterfall diagram
- 10.7 MHz and 12 kHz IF output and I/Q port
- Operating modes: SSB, AM, FM, WFM, CW, P25, NXDN and D-Star
- Calibrated S-meter plus S-meter analogue output
- Three antenna connections (long-wire, wideband, short-wave)
- IC-R8600 receiver
- Power cable 3 meters
- 3 replacement fuses (1x flat fuse, 2x glass base)
- 3x 3.5 jack
- 2x RCA chinch connector
- Printed instructions in DE, EN, ES, FR, IT
Technical description IC-R8600
Up to 30 MHz, the IC-R8600 operates as a direct-scanning SDR, from 30 to 1100 MHz a double superhet is connected in series as a down-converter, from 1100 to 3000 a triple superhet. 24 automatically selected band filters (11 on shortwave, 13 on V/U/SHF) ensure that the AD converter is not "overrun" with unwanted signals. Thus it achieves an excellent IP3 of +30 dBm at 14.1 MHz, at 144 MHz it is still a very good +10 dBm and at 440 MHz 0 dBm. The dynamic range is specified by the manufacturer as 105 dB, which is excellent for a universal wideband receiver. For particularly high accuracy and stability requirements, an external 10 MHz reference frequency can be fed in.
Another special feature of the IC-R8600 is that it can also decode a number of digital modes itself. Thus, in addition to the usual analogue modes AM, FM, WFM (broadcast), SSB and CW, decoding of P25, NXDN and D-Star is also possible. In keeping with the spirit of Software Defined Radios, there is no need to buy additional filters; the filter width of the decoder is conveniently set via the touch display, just as you need it.
The display is the same size as on the IC-7300 and IC-9700 transceivers (4.3 inch / 10.9 cm diagonal); it is also a touch display on the IC-R8600. For operation, 13.8 V DC (max. 2 A) can be fed from a car or from an existing power supply unit or one available as an accessory. With a width of 220 mm, but a height of only 90 mm and a depth of 230 mm, the unit is compact despite the large display.
Application description IC-R8600
On the one hand, the Icom IC-R8600 follows the tradition of the proven receivers IC-R8500 and IC-R9500. On the other hand, it brings the features of the new SDR transceivers IC-7300 and IC-9700, which one would not want to miss in any modern amateur radio.
It is a top-class station receiver, whether used independently or for even more flexible duplex work, even at contests. Operation is largely via the large, colour touch display. Volume, tuning and many other settings where this makes more sense, however, continue to run via traditional rotary knobs, so that the SDR feels and can be operated just like an analogue receiver. In this way, the advantages of both worlds have been combined – state-of-the-art technology where you need it, classic operation where you expect it.
As one of the first wideband receivers, the IC-R8600 offers a real-time waterfall display. The displayed spectrum width can be set from ± 2.5 kHz to ± 2.5 MHz. A quick tap on the waterfall diagram displays a magnifying glass on that frequency, which can then be used for fine tuning. This way, the listener no longer misses a signal.
The IC-R8600 is equipped with 2000 memories in 100 groups, offering all the possibilities to conveniently organise the most frequently used frequencies. Recording of spectra, speech or decoded digital content, screenshots as well as the unit configuration is possible on an optional micro-SD card, a slot for which is available at the front of the unit. An ExtIO.dll library for HDSDR allows the receiver to be remotely controlled with HDSDR on a Windows PC and to use the I/Q data output to decode signals on the PC.
|Supply Voltage [V]||13.8 V|
|Number of Memories||2000|
|Antenna Connector||N (0.01-3000 MHz), PL (0.01 - 30 MHz, 50 Ohm), RCA (0.01 - 30 MHz, 500 Ohm)|
|Frequency Range||0 - 3000 MHz|
|Size W x H x D||220 x 90 x 330 mm|