Easy To Use While Flying - Simple one-handed operation is the most essential feature of the IC-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 backlit, and so is the keypad. The light stays on until you turn it off - a very handy feature for flying at night!
"Flip-Flop" Channel Recall - The IC-A6 stores the last 10 channels used. You can easily recall those channels by pushing the "flipflop" recall buttons on the front panel. It is convenient for switching between several channels, such as Nav and Com channels. External DC Power Jack - An external DC power jack allows for operation with the wall charger or the cigarette lighter cable. When the battery pack is installed, simultaneous charging during operation is also possible. Water Resistant Construction - The water resistant construction provides reliable operation in wet conditions.
200 memory channels ( 10 banks of 20 channels) allows you to load in up to 10 separate flight plans. 6 character alphanumeric for channel names.
Dedicated 121.5 "emergency" key.
All NOAA weather channels preprogrammed.
Automatic Noise Limiter ( ANL ) built in for noise reduction.
Icom's exclusive front panel programmable side tone allows you to set the correct side tone level for almost any headset.
Icom's exclusive "TAG" scanning and memory bank scanning make it the most user friendly radio on the market.
Excellent radio! Aircraft Spruce got it to me in short order too. If you have difficulty programming, search YouTube for srjscott. He has two videos that will cut thru the BS. My only complaint so far would be the fact that you have to have the battery attached to the radio to charge and there is no indicator to let you know how the charge is progressing or how much charge is left in the battery.
Best price on this radio that I found!
I've had my A6 for over two years now.
I have no other portables to compare this to, but RX battery life seems good if you want to use it as a scanner. Mine sat for around 18 hours and was still
going strong RX'ing. Didn't try TX'ing, but know the battery wouldn't have handled it well.
Backlight is nice.
Like everyone else says, the interface is extremely counterintuitive. After two years, I still get confused by it. The biggest issue is channel selection.
The buttons you'd think would allow you to switch between saved channels in fact switches between recent channels. Just a screwy way to do things. Buttons
that have two commands (alternate command activated via the Function key) are backwards. The more common command requires Function + Button and the less
common command is just Button. Things like that really bring this radio down.
The unit comes with a now-antiquated NIMH battery which carries all the burdens associated with NIMH. Doesn't hold a good charge and because TX requires much
more juice, you can often RX all day, but won't be able to TX unless it's fully topped off.
Just recently a LIPO battery has come on the market, but it's expensive. Fortunately, an alkaline AA adapter is available that replaces the battery pack with
six AA batteries. This works much, much better. I'd love to try the new LIPO, though.
Branded accessories are ridiculously, yet as expected, expensive. Generics come with the possibility of burning up the radio.
The true purpose of this review, though, is to broadcast a fix for a common, frustrating issue: In the air, listening to a non-stop RX such as an ATIS
frequency (or even a busy Approach), you'll find the radio cuts the RX off every eight seconds, for half a second. You can search the 'net for others that
have this problem. To stop the radio from cutting out, you need to turn the WX ALERT off by pressing Function + Squelch (duhhhhh).
I would not buy this again, unless I had to. Your choices are fairly limited to the Yaetsu or Sporty's units and maybe some oddballs. I went with ICOM since
it's such a big name and I love my ICOM panel mounted radio. This thing, though, is just too goofy.
Does the Icom A6 or A24 have 8.33 spacing?
The version of Icom A6 and A24 we sell only has 25 channel spacing.
Which batteries are compatible with the IC-A6 Transceiver?
Part #11-04290 and 11-04385 would both be compatible with the ICOM IC-A6 transceiver.
What does TAG scanning mean? I'm looking for a new handheld that will scan Ground, Tower, and Approach freqs.
The Icom IC-A6 will support aviation frequencies. For more efficient scanning, you can add desired channels as TAG channels.
What is the RF power output of the Icom IC-A6 part number 11-02944?
Per the installation manual: the RF power output is 5 Watts (PEP) typical, or 1.5 Watts (CW) typical. On average most certified aircraft have 10 watt radios such as a Garmin SL 40/King KX 155. This radio has half of the power output of these radios. Also note: line of sight plays a huge part in power output.
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