ICOM IC-PCR1500 Communications Receiver The IC-PCR1500 computer-controlled receiver designed for receiver enthusiasts and professional users. Covering 0.01 to 3299.999MHz in AM, FM & WFM modes (0.495- 1300MHz in SSB and CW modes), this new receiver features versatile functions including a multi-channel monitor, bandscope and IF shift function to provide efficient reception for the user.
PC Controlled Wideband Receiver The IC-PCR1500 is a PC controlled receiver and all functions are controllable from mouse click or keyboard input. It covers 0.01–3299.999MHz* in AM, FM & WFM (0.495–1300MHz only in SSB and CW modes). 1Hz fine tuning resolution is available in all bands.
USB cable connection A USB cable is supplied for PC to receiver connection. This provides higher data transmission speed and allows you to transfer the received audio to the connected PC through the USB cable. It also allows you to hear or record the sound on your PC.
Unlimited number of memory channels Memory channels are stored in your PC’s hard disk or other storage devices which means that the number of memories are only limited by your remaining memory space.
3 selectable interface screens To make operating easy the IC-PCR1500 has three interactive computer screens: “Compact” screen, “Component-style” screen and “Communications receiver” screen.
The first is a “Compact” screen, a simplified screen that is small enough to run alongside other applications. Replicating a piece of hi-fi equipment, this displays basic information such as frequency, whilst still providing immediate access to the important controls including volume and 5 quick access memory buttons.
The second is a “component-style” screen which is divided into 4 sections; “Tuning”, “Mode/Volume”, “Meter/Scan” and “Scope Panel”. This screen is suitable for users who are already familiar with a full-function communications receiver.
The third is a multifunctional screen that gives control of all functions and looks similar to an advanced communication receiver.
Multi channel monitor function This function allows you to observe the status of up to 25 channels on the screen at a glance. According to the S-meter level, channel activities are indicated by three background colours on the screen. When you click a channel button on the screen, you can easily start listening to the selected channel. Two types of bandscope The IC-PCR1500 has two types of bandscope function, allowing you to easily observe the band condition within a specified bandwidth (25kHz to 5MHz) or a specified time period (3 to 100 minutes) and AF output* is emitted while sweeping the range. When you find a signal you want to listen to, click the waveform in the band scope screen and the receiving frequency moves to the clicked frequency. In addition, the band scope sweep data can be stored on the PC. When setting the bandscope range between 500kHz and 5MHz, AF output is not emitted. * AF output is not emitted in CW, SSB mode.
High speed scanning of up to 60 channels per second The IC-PCR1500 has a maximum high speed scanning capability of 60 channels per second*. This scanning power provides the utmost efficiency when searching a wide frequency range. Auto memory write scan searches for a signal. When a signal is detected, the received frequency is automatically stored into an auto memory write channel bank.
The following other scans are available:
Mode select scan
Auto memory write scan
Program skip scan
Program skip area scan
*Tuning step is 100kHz or less in program scan mode. VSC, CTCSS, DTCS tone and S-meter squelch
The VSC (Voice squelch control) opens the squelch only when a modulated signal is detected and ignores unmodulated, beat noise signals.
The CTCSS and DTCS tones provide quiet stand-by while waiting for a matched tone signal.
S-meter squelch releases the AF mute, when only signals stronger than the pre-set S-meter level are received.
Pocket beep function alerts you with a beep sound when a matched tone signal is received.
DSP capability With the optional DSP unit, UT-106, you can add a noise reduction function, which improves the S/N ratio. Also, the automatic notch filter automatically cuts beat interference. These DSP functions pull out desired signals from noise, and provide superior receive quality.
Other Noise reduction functions
IF filter selection
IF shift function (SSB/CW mode only)
Noise blanker (SSB/CW/AM mode only). Eliminates pulse type noise such as engine ignition noise.
20dB RF attenuator (approx, below 1300MHz)
AFC function (Auto Frequency Control). Automatically compensates for frequency drift in FM mode and keys the receiver tuned to the centre frequency of the tuned station. (BW: 6KHz or 15KHz).
AGC function. Fast/slow setting is possible.
PC Requirements Microsoft® Windows® XP/2000/ME/98SE Intel Pentium® III 450MHz or faster (Pentium® 4 recommended) Hard disk with minimum 50 MB of free disk space Minimum 128 MB of memory (256Mb or more recommended) USB 1.1
Note: CD-ROM or DVD drive is required for software installation Mouse or other compatible pointing device is required USB audio dropouts or gaps may occur, because of a lack of PC power. Additional hard disk space is required for recording sound or storing scope data.
DTMF tone decoder
Recording function ... Allows you to store received audio on the PC in WAV format
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