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- 200 memory channels (20 Ch × 10 banks) with 6 character names
- Dedicated 121.5MHz emergency key
- Side tone function allows you to hear your own voice via an external aviation headset
- Optional Ni-Cd and Li-Ion battery packs
- Supplied Accessories Battery pack, BP-266 Battery charger, BC-199S Belt clip, MB-124 Antenna, FA-SC58V Hand strap
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- Size (LWH): 3.53 inches, 2.63 inches, 1.65 inches
- Weight: 15.2 ounces
Easy to use while flying
Simple one-handed operation is the most essential feature of the IC-A24. 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-A24 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.
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 intended 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 VOR navigation.
External DC power jack
An external DC power jack allows for operation with the 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 of the corresponding international standard IEC 60529 (2001).
Top Customer Reviews
Update 2/1/2013: I still love this unit, but I should state that the ICOM battery management is not the best - possibly due to the software power up circuitry which draws power even with the unit off. If you are not going to use the unit on a daily basis (off for long periods of time) as mine is, then you should remove the battery to prevent overcharging and damaging the battery. Mine may sit for months between uses and I find that this practice has kept me from overcharging and getting out in the field with a useless battery.
I wanted a radio that's easy to operate and without a bunch of special functions that in some cases won't let you out of that mode unless you press another combination of keys. What I had hoped for was an easy functioning obvious to operate handheld. example:... you need to select 119.9 tower frequency, you would think (i would) if 119.9 is showing you could transmit.... oh no... you need to have 119.000 showing on screen....Yes, technically correct, but not intuitive. There's no way to know if the radio is charging or if it's almost out of charge until the "low BATT" signal shows up onscreen. POOR PLANNING leaving without a fully charged battery... but you'll never know till it's too late. OH but the manual say's don't charge for more than 12 hours or the unit may be damaged... REALLY?? your engineers couldn't figure out the circuit electronics that stop the charge cycle when it's full? C'mon.....
So as an emergency or back up when the radios fail ...it's a fail.... it WILL work fine in the hands of someone who has taken the time to read the manual and practice with it...... but to just pick it up and use it.... ain't gonna happen. sorry ICOM you are getting this one back.
It comes with a 110v wall charger, belt clip, hand strap, protective "leather like" case (with the appropriate cutouts to use and charge the device without removing it from the case) and a headset adaptor for standard aircraft headsets.
Out of the box I found it very easy to tune to my local frequency. It's simply a matter of punching in the frequency and pressing "enter". The volume is plenty enough to hear over background noise, plus it accepts standard earphones.
The dial I instinctively thought was the squelch dial... It's a multi function dial. It defaults to changing the frequency. To use it to adjust squelch, you need to press another button on the keypad first. After several seconds it goes back to the default frequency function. I don't know how many times I've gone to adjust the squelch to catch a transmission that's getting weaker and inadvertently changed the frequency. Not sure what their thinking was in that design.
Programming the memory frequencies is a little challenging and you really need the instructions to do the first few. It allows you to assign a 6 character alpha numerical "name" to memorized frequencies. A very nice feature. Once they are in, accessing the memorized frequencies are easy. If you go back and try to program another frequency two weeks later, you'll probably need the instructions again.
The battery indicator is rather lame. It only displays a low battery condition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would be more generous with the rating, but my A24 failed after seven years from extreme corrosion on the circuit board. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John F.
Does everything as advertised, not a real user friendly interface for all functions though.Published 4 months ago by Brent Bereznak
Over all a nice Radio. It does have a learning cover to utilize advanced features. Most operations are intuitive, but a few are not. Read morePublished 4 months ago by gmperf
I was expecting to have this radion for a long time. Because in light aviation is a need. Working as expectedPublished 10 months ago by Fernando Briceï¿œo
The radio arrived before the promised date and was exactly what we were looking for.Published 11 months ago by Cathie
I bought it as a gift and he loves it. I have even bought several accessories. The Desktop charger, push to talk switch, ExpertPower® Desktop Rapid Charger for Icom BP-209, extra... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nkhoma, Allan