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Icom F4161 / F3161 Two Way Radio Series

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Quick Overview

The Icom F4161/3161 is a high-end, high-performance 5 watt radio that is designed MDC 1200 compatibility. The F4161 / F3161 offers 512 channels and Basic LTR™ trunking and conventional mode operation. This is a feature packed radio for companies that need the most out of two way communications.
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Don't just get a radio. Get a radio just the way you want it!

The Icom F4161/3161 is a high-end, high-performance 5 watt radio that is designed MDC 1200 compatibility. The F4161 / F3161 offers 512 channels and Basic LTR™ trunking and conventional mode operation. This is a feature packed radio for companies that need the most out of two way communications.

The IC-F4161/F3161 features 8 DTMF autodial memories, CTCSS, DTCS and DTMF encode/decode, 2 step reduced power setting, full 24 dot-matrix LCD display, 8 programmable keys, enhanced audio, built-in inversion-type voice scrambler, built-in VOX, lone worker function and voting mode scanning. It also has an escalating alarm.

But it's not all about powerful features, it's about powerful options as well. The F3161/F4161 Series includes a wide range of models designed for professional communications in a multitude of industries. These radios are available in VHF or UHF with and without keypads in your choice of standard or Intrinsically Safe (IS) versions. You can even choose your charger!

You can also choose between analog and digital transceivers. The Icom F4161 / F3161 Series radio is IDAS™ (Icom Digital Advanced System) ready. The F3161 and F4161 have 2 optional slots: one for the optional UT-126H digital unit and another for an option board (option board not included).

The Icom F4161/3161 Series Two Way Radio comes with a Li-ion battery pack, belt clip, removable antenna and a two year manufacturer warranty. BC-171 Standard Trickle Charger or BC-160 Rapid Charger optional.

The Icom F4161/F3161 Series is available in several configurations and includes the following models:
  • F4161T
  • F4161S
  • F4161DT
  • F4161DS
  • F3161T
  • F3161S
  • F3161DT
  • F3161DS

IDAS™ Digital Option

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.

Intrinsically Safe Option

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.

Icom F4161 / F3161 Features

  • 512 Channels/128 Zones
  • 400-450MHz or 450-512 MHz UHF Frequencies (UHF Version)
  • 136-174 MHz VHF Frequencies (VHF Version)
  • Privacy Codes
  • 5 Watts Transmit Power
  • Repeater Capable
  • Voting Mode Scanning
  • Intrinsically Safe Version Available
  • Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Included
  • Drop-in Rapid or Trickle Charge Battery Charger (Optional)
  • Hands-Free (VOX) Mode (with optional accessories)
  • Built-in Inversion-Type Voice Scrambler
  • Silent Mode
  • Cloning Capable
  • Escalating Alarm
  • Priority Channel/Scan
  • Lone Worker Mode
  • Full Backlit Dot-Matrix LCD Display
  • 3 Selectable Power Levels Per Channel
  • Signal Strength Indicator
  • Battery Meter
  • Low Battery Alert
  • Power Saver
  • Programmable Buttons
  • Timeout Timer
  • Transmit Inhibit
  • Audible Button Beeps
  • 8 DTMF Autodial Memories
  • Drop-In Charge Capable
  • IP55 Water and Dust Resistant
  • MIL-STD-810-C, -D and -E
  • Two Tone and Five Tone Codes
  • Slot For Optional Board
  • Digital/Analog Mixed Mode (Digital Version)
  • MDC 1200 Compatible
  • Stun/Kill/Revive
  • Two Year Manufacturer Warranty

Included with the Icom F4161 / F3161

  • Icom F4161 / F3161 Two Way Radio
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery Pack (BP-232N)
  • Rapid or Trickle Charger Option
  • Belt Clip
  • Removable Antenna
  • Owners Manual

Icom F4161 / F3161 Specifications

  • Dimensions (with BP-232N): 2 3/32" W × 5 11/32" H × 1 17/32" D (53 × 136 × 38.5mm)
  • Weight (approx.) : 340g; 12.0oz (with BP-232N)
  • Battery Life: (Approx.) 14 Hours @ 5W (With BP-232N)
  • Antenna connector type: J Female

Additional Information

Warranty 2 Years
Channels 512
Maximum Output Power 5 Watts
Radio Type Handheld
Services Business
Safety Features Intrinsically Safe
Durability Meets Military Specs
Digital Standard Analog Only
Integration Repeater Capable
Frequencies UHF, VHF
  1. great radio for professionals or novices review by Camper Karl on 4/15/2013

    Great for camping...light to carry and also rugged for the rough stuff...ideal companion

  2. Icom's 4161 is quality thro and thru review by Bud on 10/9/2012

    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.

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