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I use a discone but this defeats the purpose of having “Good” antennas up on the ic-pxr1000 and limits the receive capabilities to that of a discone.
ICOM IC-PCR Wideband Computer Receiver
Each radio has it’s own eprom addresses so dont try using a backup from another PCR The functionality of the DSP card is excellent reducing noise and pulling those really hard to hear signals out of the noise. The box itself looks to have been designed icon some sort of military application in mind. Something that provides a REAL signal to this rig, like an 80 metre dipole, is oc-pcr1000 to send the front end into absolute conniption fits on HF My biggest disappointment at first was the choice of software.
The DSP card is so simple to install a child of 3 could do it with ease. I’m using ic-ocr1000 Diamond Discone and I’ve got all kinds of great listening. I have owned the PCR for nearly 2. I have to agree with a number of the reviews already written about the PCR, the original v1.
I think Icom has done a fine job. There is a form of lockup that occasionally happens in which the computer serial port apparently stops talking to the radio, and it sits there mute.
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They them seem to be a poor choice for scanning. My Radio Shack DX has better sensitivity. The HF Reception is on the poor side. Thank Gawd for the internal attenuator The software has some great advanced scanning features like “TacScan”, “Hyperbanks”, “Smartbanks”, searching, great frequency management and logging features.
Have had mine for a few months. I have had it 4 plus years. The radio can’t be judge on just the radio since you need software to control it. I have the dsp module installed, a Radio Shack Discone antenna about 25′ in the air and I can listen to anything I want short wave, music, kcom, utilities, ham radio.
The bandscope function in the software is very useful here too.
Diplexers and such are needed if one does not like continuously changing antennas. Overall tho it doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem. A whole lot hotter than I’d expected it to. It can’t begin to compare to a quality dedicated rcvr, but it does what it was designed to do and does it well. PC based receivers are a new area for amateur and SWL use, and I imagine the problems with this first generation gear will eventually be resolved.
On the other hand, if you connect ic-pcf1000 REAL antenna to this critter, batten down the hatches! The PCR has loads of devoted fans, except here.
One place where I found the PCR to be a standout performer is in chasing weather satellites. All I can tell you at this point is that despite what Icom’s web site says, installation isn’t difficult.
Loads of features even in the cheap software. TalkPCR I have to say is the much better version of software that is in almost daily use here at home. If you buy one dont even think of running it until you back up your eprom.
Overall, having this radio and its flexibility on your computer screen is unique and using an outboard powered speaker will provide many hours of listening pleasure. IMHO, if you have to take the radio to an Icom shop to have it put in, you might as well turn in your ham license!!!