I HAD a ICOM IC-T8A. There are a lot of small problems, but
I was very happy with the radio.
On 1/2/99 I deposited their check!
(I had 5 batteries broke replaced and returned one
broke in the end!) There are two problems with the design of the battery
pack that effect the the performance of the snap. The material appears
to be eithertalc of fiber filled which will increase the impact strength
of the material, but will also decrease the materials flexibility.
The second issue is that the snap geometry itself
is flawed. A well designed snap wing should be tapered in thickness
so that the strain is evenly distributed along its length. In the
case of the ICOM battery snap the strain is concentrated at the base of
the snap in the U shaped area. It can be seen that the outer fibers
of the U are strained past the material's allowable limit under normal
operation of the snap. Two solutions are available, change the
material of the battery pack, or change the geometry of the snap. http://www.ideasincorp.com/
Please see the problems
with the ICOM - BP199 and the ICOM - BP200.
I asked my friend, WA8DBW
to help be since I am a stroke survival and cannot read or write well.
I think he is to easy on Icom and I am probably to hard, maybe!
6 Meter/2 Meter/440 MHz Tri Bander Handheld
With a super thin profile and lightweight design (even at 5
watts), the IC-T8A puts the nix on radio bricks. It fits comfortably in
the hand and is easy to use.
detailed IC-T8A specifications and options.
December 1, 1988
Dimensions: 2.3 (W), 4.3 (H), 1.2 (D), 9.9 oz
Up to 5 watts of power on all bands (13.5 V DC),
4.5 watts out of the box with supplied BP-200 battery
One-Touch Band Switching
Longer operating times than with Ni-Cd cells.
Compact size keeps the weight down, and provides slim profile
Back mounting offers good radio balance -- feels comfortable in the hand
Excellent audio output http://www.icomamerica.com/amateur/dualhand/
Receive (MHz): 50-54 (6 meters), 118 - 174 (2 meters), 400 - 470 (440 MHz)
Broadcast FM and AM receive (most TV stations, too)
123 memory channels with 10 scan edges and 1 call for each band
ICOM rugged! Meets MIL SPEC 810 C/D/E
Tone squelch with pocket beep
Backlit display with timer
Built in guide function
JIS grade 4 water resistance
Wall charger included
DTMF encoder with 9 DTMF memories
Handheld to handheld cloning capability (opt. OPC-474 cloning cable) or
PC programming capability (opt. CS-T8 cloning software and OPC-478 cloning
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