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Icom offers a high end digital version of the The F4161/F3161 Series radio.The F4161D / F3161D is features IDAS™ (Icom Digital Advanced System), a true 6.25kHz digital system with excellent audio throughout the range of the radio with no hiss or popping. The superior feature set afforded by IDAS includes Selective Call, Emergency Call, Radio Check, superior bandwidth utilization and more.
The F4161D/F3161D digital series is specifically designed for compatibility with the Icom F5061 mobile radio and the Icom F5000 series of repeaters.
If you are currently using analog radios and considering a move to digital, consider an investment in this fully functional, great performing digital portable radio.
Icom offers an Intrinsically Safe version of the F3161 Series radios. The intrinsically safe version is approved by the FM Approvals and is suitable for use in hazardous areas where flammable gases and liquids are used.
If you operate or work in a hazmat environment, an intrinsically safe (IS) two way radio can be a critical consideration.
|Maximum Output Power||5 Watts|
|Safety Features||Intrinsically Safe|
|Durability||Meets Military Specs|
|Digital Standard||Analog Only|
Great for camping...light to carry and also rugged for the rough stuff...ideal companion
Bottom line requirements for our needs are excellent quality audio output, high quality design and construction, long battery life (at least 10 hours), reliable communications at 2 to 2.5 mile ranges in remote areas, and simplex (unit-to-multiunit) communications. These units were purchased for family use in remote areas (no or unreliable cell signals, etc.) and because the typical consumer walkie talkies didn't have enough power (range). Because of the distances and terrain involved in our needs, I opted for as much output power as legally allowed, and so selected GMRS programming at 5 watts output. These units provide significantly more channels than needed. This particular model was chosen so as to get the max legal power for the licensed frequencies. Most other units (either Icom or other brands) peak at 4 watts, whereas these units provide 5 watts. The functionality of this model is waaaaaaay overkill for our needs. The significantly lower priced models with lesser functionality and features have only 4 watt output -- thus this model. That extra 20% of power is needed for our use -- again because of distance and terrain. The design and build quality of Icom equipment is beyond question. Weight and price are the only real detractors. Battery life is excellent. We routinely get 10+ hours, and the literatures suggests more like 12 to 13 hours on a full charge but that has not been tested. Testing of these units so far has been within a metropolitan area (tall buildings, etc.) and talking range (at full power) has been about 1.5 miles. We expect (and need) about 2 mile ranges when in the remote areas. I am fairly confident that we will routinely get those ranges when the obstructions are not part of the equation. BTW, our units are UHF (GMRS) models and use only the standard "stubby" antenna. I do have the FCC GMRS license, which itself is pricey. It is valid for 5 years. No exam is needed. It took only about a week to get the license, which was done via an online database system run by the FCC. The license was issued before the radio units were received, so everything worked fine paperwork-wise. I find in this metropolitan area that there are users who do not have licenses (not be cause I asked, but because it was sometimes mentioned by the users). Some users are somewhat "abusive" of adult/mature use of the radio frequencies. Given that there is no training or real operational procedure documentation nor user forums to learn from, it is reasonable to expect this kind of use (abuse?). It is what it is and I have no control over that. These radios are used in simplex mode (i.e., unit to unit). I understand that there are repeaters in certain parts of the US, but don't believe such would be of benefit for us. My biggest complaint about this purchase is NOT about the units, but rather the paucity of information about GMRS and a fairly common inference that I am doing something that would be better accomplished through other means, but I still can't figure out what would work better for my needs. And in closing as a sidebar comment, I simply do not understand how consumer product manufacturers can keep a straight face when advertising their 500 mwatt units as achieving 20 to 30 mile ranges for units that have only 500 mwatt output. Hmmmmm. The bottom line is that these units are fulfilling our needs, and doing so quite reliably.