ICOM IC-V82 VHF Handheld Transceiver review
The ’V82 has numerous features that will be valuable to those interested in more advanced operation. I formerly lived in an area where I monitored a repeater to listen for friends. I often found myself turning off the radio because of other chatter on the frequency. The ’V82 offers the capability to use the DTMF touchtone codes as a message pager to allow calls to be heard by particular radios. This would have been a perfect solution to my problem. Some special programming of the radio is required to use this function, but the step-by-step instructions in the manual allow this feature to become yet another useful tool in an amateur’s bag of tricks.
Perhaps the most exciting new feature to the ’V82 is that it has been designed operate in digital voice as well as D-STAR low-speed data modes, to 9600 kbps. The ’V82 has a special socket to accept the optional UT-118 digital encoding unit (see the remainder of this review for more about the UT-118 and digital voice and data) that provides for simultaneous digital voice and data in addition to regular FM voice operation. The ’V82 thus can be equipped to provide a new level of capability and versatility.
The ’V82 provides very simple access to local NOAA weather channels, of particular interest to those active in local SKYWARN or weather watch activities. It also incorporates the ability to notify the user when NOAA broadcasts the special weather alert tone. When the weather alert function is activated, the ’V82 monitors the selected weather channel every 5 seconds. If NOAA has issued no alert, the radio continues to operate in whichever mode you have it set for. When an alert is issued, the ’V82 displays the alert on the LED screen and sounds a beep tone until acknowledged.
- D-STAR Digital Voice and Data—An Overview
- Installation and Test of UT-118 Digital Voice Modules
- Operating with the ICOM UT-118 Digital Voice and Data Unit