Icom IC-R9500

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Main Features

  • 0.005-3335MHz wideband coverage
  • +40dBm 3rd order intercept point and 109dB dynamic range*
  • *At 14.1MHz
  • Multi-function high performance spectrum scope
  • ±0.05ppm high frequency stability
  • ±3dB* accuracy of dBµ/dBµ(emf) /dBm meter
  • *10 to 70dBµ signal between 100kHz to 3335MHz at 25°C
  • SSB/CW/AM mode auto tuning function
  • Optional P25 digital mode reception
  • Professional grade operation, functionality and build

Basic Performance

Wideband Coverage
The IC-R9500 covers 0.005-3335MHz in SSB, AM, FM (WFM), CW, FSK and P25* modes. It is suitable for a wide variety of radio monitoring and listening activities.
* Optional UT-122 digital unit is required.

Superb Receiver Performance
The IC-R9500 achieves amazing performance by using a D-MOS FET array in the 1st mixer (below 30MHz) and an excellent IMD roofing filter. The IC-R9500 has +40dBm IP3 and 109dB dynamic range at 14.1MHz. IP3 performance is +9.8dBm at 50MHz and +6.2dBm at 620MHz (+5dBm (typical) from 30MHz to 3335MHz).

Five Roofing Filters
The IC-R9500 has 5 independent roofing filters (240, 50, 15, 6 and 3kHz) for improved selectivity. In very crowded RF spectrum conditions, it is extremely important to protect against strong in-band signals. The 3kHz roofing filter provides a 130dB (approx.)* blocking dynamic range.
* At 15MHz reception, with 5kHz separation signals.

Dual DSP
The IC-R9500 incorporates two independent, 32-bit floating point DSP units, a dedicated DSP unit for receiver functions and another for the spectrum scope. By using the power of two independent DSP units, the radio can respond to operator changes in an instant.

±0.05ppm High Frequency Stability
The IC-R9500 uses an OCXO (Oven Control Crystal Oscillator) unit which provides ±0.05ppm frequency stability from 0°C to 50°C. The 10MHz reference frequency can either be supplied to or input from external equipment.

Digital IF Filter
The digital IF filter* allows the operator to adjust the filter shape (sharp or soft), filter bandwidth, and center frequency characteristics. The digital twin PBT narrows and shifts the IF passband to efficiently eliminate undesired signals.
* For FM, WFM and P25 mode, the passband width is fixed.


Spectrum Scope

Multi Function Spectrum Scope
Using a dedicated DSP unit improves the dynamic range of the spectrum scope. The IC-R9500 has four different spectrum modes such as normal/wide and center/fixed width. The normal spectrum scope covers a range from ±2.5kHz to ±5MHz, while the wide band spectrum scope* observes up to ±500MHz (±10MHz, ±25MHz, ±50MHz, ±100MHz ±250MHz and ±500MHz selectable). When using the normal spectrum scope, the digital scope's filter width can vary from 200Hz to 20kHz with a variable sweep speed. The spectrum scope can also be set to use specific scope edges or to center the span on the receiving frequency. The peak search function automatically moves the display marker to the strongest signal on the scope screen. In addition to these features, the scope has 3 levels of attenuation (10dB, 20dB, 30dB).
* While using the wide band scope function, AF output is muted.

  • Fixed mode ... the scope screen does not shift when you change the receiving frequency.
  • Center mode ... the scope screen shifts as the receiving frequency moves. The receiving frequency is always centered on the scope screen.
  • Wide band scope receives up to ±500MHz.
  • Sweep speed/span/ filter width setting
  • Peak search function
  • Peak hold function
  • Attenuator
  • Mini scope function


7-inch Wide Color TFT LCD
The large 7-inch wide (800 × 480 pixels) active matrix display delivers quick response time, high resolution and has a wide viewing angle. The multi-function spectrum scope is displayed in vivid color. The background color is selectable from black or blue for your preference. In addition, the IC-R9500 has a VGA connector allowing you to connect an external monitor.

Multiple RSSI
S-meter, dBµ, dBµ(emf) and dBm meter types are selectable in the IC-R9500. The dBµ, dBµ(emf) and dBm meter have ±3dB of accuracy (10 to 70dBµ signal from 100kHz to 3335MHz at 25°C).

Noise Blanker
The IC-R9500 has the DSP controlled noise blanker that significantly reduces pulse type noise and improves the S/N ratio by removing interfering noise. The noise blanker has two channels with adjustable width and depth parameters. You can use these to target the specific noise interference.

Two-Point Manual Notch Filter
 The digital manual notch filter has a depth of more than 70dB at two points with adjustable filter width (wide, middle, narrow). This means that two strong beat signals can be eliminated at once even while using the auto notch filter.

Synchronous AM Detection
The synchronous AM (S-AM) detection provides less distor ted audio than normal diode detection. This mode is useful when fading occurs or signal level is low. The IC-R9500 can recreate the carrier signal exactly by using the DSP. In addition, upper or lower sideband demodulation for S-AM is selectable for eliminating inter ference from adjacent strong signals.

FSK Modulator & Decoder
The IC-R9500 has built-in FSK demodulator and decoder.

  • Twin peak filter
  • Water-fall indicator
  • FSK-R mode
  • FSK tone and shift frequencies programmable

10 VFOs

The IC-R9500 has 10 VFO channels for tuning and storing operating frequencies, mode, filter width and other settings. For example, use VFO-1 for the 7MHz band, VFO-2 for the VHF marine band,VFO-3 for the 1200MHz band, etc. You can quickly change the operating bands with the 10-keypad. When the VFO is changed, the settings are automatically stored in that VFO channel.

A total of 1220 Memory Channels
 The IC-R9500 has a total of 1220 memory channels. Store frequencies, modes, filter width and tuning steps. Memory channels are grouped into 10 memory banks. By connecting to a USB keyboard, you can edit memory contents directly.

  • 1000ch regular memory channels
  • 20ch scan edge channels
  • 100 auto memory write channels
  • 100 memory scan skip channels

Digital Voice Recorder
 The IC-R9500 has two types of digital voice recorders. One is the regular recorder, recording for long periods in "WAV" format into the built-in CF memory or an external USB memory. The sampling rate is variable from 8kHz (SQ1) to 48kHz (SHQ). In SQ1 mode, up to 130 minutes (approx.) of recorded audio can be stored into the CF memory. The other recorder is the shor t voice recorder, which saves the previous 15 seconds of radio audio into RAM, allowing you to play back the audio instantly.

Multi-Scan Functions
Numerous scanning functions to search for desired stations are available to make operation easier. The
IC-R9500 scans 40 channels per second in memory scan mode.

  • Memory scan
  • Program scan
  • Fine program scan
  •  F scan /  F fine scan
  • Priority scan
  • Selected mode memory scan
  • Selected memory scan
  • Auto memory write scan
  • Tone scan

Voice Synthesizer
The built-in synthesizer announces the receiving frequency, mode and signal strength in English.

USB Connector
The IC-R9500 has a USB connector for connecting external USB memory or other USB devices. Received audio and the receiver configuration files can be imported and exported to a PC. Firmware upgrades are also possible via USB memory.


Frequency coverage

USA Version

France Version

(Unit: MHz)


0.005 - 29.999999

50.200 - 51.200000

87.500 - 108.000000

144.000 - 146.000000

430.000 - 440.000000

1240.000 - 1300.000000

* Cellular bands are blocked in the U.S.A. version.


* Optional UT-122 required.

Number of memory channels 1220 (1000 regular, 100 auto memory write channels, 100 memory scan skip and 20 scan edges)
Antenna connectors

SO-239 (50 for HF),

Phono [RCA] (500 for HF),

Type-N × 2

(50Ω, one each for 30 - 1149.99999 MHz, 1150 - 3335 MHz)

Temperature range

0°C to +50°C; +32°F to +122°F

Frequency stability

Less than ±0.05ppm (at 25°C) after warm up (5 minutes)

Temperature fluctuation Less than ±0.05ppm (0°C to +50°C)
Frequency resolution 1Hz
Power supply requirement 100V/120V/230V/240V AC

Power consumption

(Representative value)

Stand-by Less than 100VA
Max. audio Less than 100VA
Dimensions (W×H×D) (projections not included)

424 × 149 × 340 mm;

1611/16 × 57/8 × 133/8 in

Weight 20kg; 44.1lb (approx.)

Intermediate frequencies




58.7 MHz (1st) /10.7 MHz (2nd)/48 kHz (3rd)

278.7 MHz or 778.7 MHz (1st) /

58.7 MHz (2nd)/10.7 MHz (3rd) /48 kHz (4th)


0.100 - 1.799 MHz*1 0.5µV 6.3µV - - -
1.800 - 29.999 MHz*1 0.2µV 2.5µV 0.5µV*3 0.71µV*3 -
30.0 - 2499.999 MHz*2 0.32µV 3.5µV 0.5µV 0.71µV 1.4µV
2500 - 2999.999 MHz*2 0.32µV 3.5µV 0.5µV 0.71µV 1.4µV
3000 - 3335.000 MHz*2 1.0µV 11µV 1.6µV 2.2µV 4.5µV

*1 Preamp1 ON
*2 Preamp ON
*3 28–29.999 MHz

SSB, FSK BW=2.4 kHz, CW BW=0.5 kHz, AM BW=6.0 kHz at 10dB S/N,
FM BW=15 kHz, FM50k BW=50 kHz, WFM BW=180 kHz at 12dB SINAD

3rd order IMD dynamic range 109dB (typ.) at 14.1MHz, 100kHz separation, preamp OFF


(Representative value)


USB, LSB, FSK (BW= 2.4kHz)


CW (BW= 500Hz)


AM (BW= 6kHz)


FM (BW= 15kHz)






More than 2.4 kHz / -3dB

Less than 3.6 kHz / -60dB

More than 500 Hz / -3dB

Less than 700 Hz / -60dB

More than 6.0 kHz / -3dB

Less than 15.0 kHz / -60dB

More than 12.0 kHz / -3dB

Less than 25.0 kHz / -60dB

More than 180 kHz / -6dB

Spurious and
image rejection ratio

0.1 - 30.0 MHz

30.0 - 2500 MHz

2500 - 3000 MHz



More than 70dB

More than 50d

More than 40dB

AF output power More than 2.6W with an 8 load

All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

  • AC power cable
  • RCA plugs
  • Carrying handles
  • Spare fuses
  • ACC plugs
  • DC power plug
  • Speaker plugs
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