The 100 Ch/Sec Wideband Signal “Search Machine”

Wideband Signal ‘Search Machine’
The power of listening to the world in the palm of your hand is possible with the compact R6! Whether you are listening to a shortwave station, the local airport approach or ground communications, or simply scanning the various frequency ranges, the R6 offers the most frequency coverage for under $200.

100kHz–1309.995MHz* Wideband Coverage

While the IC-R6 receives an ultra wideband frequency range, the radio provides superior sensitivity and receiver characteristics that is insusceptible to interference. Amateur stations, AM, FM, short wave broadcasts, TV audio* and a variety of utility communications can be caught and listened to.

* Frequency range depends on version. Analog TV audio only. Cannot decode digital TV audio.

100 Channels per Second High Speed Scan

The IC-R6 has 100 channels per second high speed scan capability*. This superior scanning power allows the utmost efficiency when searching over 1300MHz of spectrum!

* VFO mode scanning.

15 hours of Continuous Receive Capability*

The IC-R6 is energy-efficient, designed to provide many hours of listening enjoyment on a single charge. With the supplied rechargeable Ni-MH cells (1400mAh ×2), the IC-R6 provides up to 15 hours of continuous receive capability*.

* At 50mW output using external speaker.

1300 Memory Channels with 22 Memory Banks

With 1300 alphanumeric memory channels, 50 scan edges and 200 auto write memories, the IC-R6 gives you flexible scanning. Use the bank link scan feature to choose from and connect any of the 22 memory banks.

VSC (Voice Squelch Control)

The VSC opens the squelch only when a modulated signal is detected and ignores unmodulated beat noise. It is a handy feature for those listeners who are scanning for talk, news and music, but not data bursts or beacons.

Multiple Power Choices

The IC-R6 can be powered by rechargeable Ni-MH cells, or with alkaline batteries. Run the IC-R6 using the AC adapter, or opt for a cigarette lighter cable, CP-18A/E. When used the optional drop-in charger stand BC-194 with the AC adapter or cigarette lighter cable, you can easily start charging the Ni-MH cells, while eliminating the need to connect the power source to the DC power jack of the receiver.

Other Features

  • Built-in audio low pass filter
  • ±1.0ppm high frequency stability (at 25°C)
  • Earphone cord antenna for AM aviation as well as FM broadcast
  • Ferrite bar antenna for AM broadcast
  • 150mW loud audio with internal speaker
  • DTCS and CTCSS tone squelch and reverse tone squelch
  • Priority watch function with priority beep function
  • Optional CT-17, CI-V level converter for remote control
  • PC programmable with optional CS-R6
  • Receiver-to-receiver cloning (optional OPC-474 required)
  • Auto power OFF (0.5–2 hours and end of busy signal)
  • Compact, drip-resistant construction
  • Duplex operation monitoring
  • Automatic LCD backlight
  • Dial speed acceleration
  • Built-in RF attenuator
  • Auto memory write scan stores the detected frequency, mode and tone into a specified memory
  • Reversible up/down buttons and dial knob for volume, frequency, memory channel, scan direction and set mode settings
  • Optional new tube earphone, SP-27
  • Weather channel receive with weather alert*

* U.S.A. version only


Frequency coverage
(Differs according to version)
Mode AM, FM, WFM
Frequency stability ±1.0ppm
(at 25°C)
Current drain Rated audio output: 130mA typ.
(Ext. SP, backlight off)
Battery pack or cells 2×R6 (AA) size Ni-MH or alkaline cells
External power supply requirement 4.5V DC rated
(4.5 - 6.3V with BC- 196SA/SD, CP-18A/E)
Antenna impedance 50Ω (SMA)
Number of memory channels 1550
(1300 regular, 200 auto memory write
and 50 scan edges)
(W×H×D; Projections are not included)
58×86×29.8 mm;
2.28×3.39×1.17 in
Weight (approx.) 200g; 7.1oz


(typical, except spurious points)
FM (at 12dB SINAD):
1.625MHz– 4.995MHz 0.32μV typ.
5.000MHz– 29.995MHz 0.25μV typ.
30.000MHz– 117.995MHz 0.18μV typ.
118.000MHz– 246.995MHz 0.18μV typ.
247.000MHz– 469.995MHz 0.18μV typ.
470.000MHz– 832.995MHz 0.32μV typ.
833.000MHz–1029.995MHz 0.28μV typ.
1030.000MHz–1309.995MHz 0.35μV typ.
WFM (at 12dB SINAD) 76.000MHz– 108.000MHz 1.1μV typ.
175.000MHz– 221.995MHz 1.1μV typ.
470.000MHz– 770.000MHz 1.8μV typ.
AM (at 10dB S/N): 0.495MHz– 4.995MHz 1.3μV typ.
5.000MHz– 29.995MHz 0.89μV typ.
118.000MHz– 136.000MHz 0.63μV typ.
222.000MHz– 246.995MHz 0.63μV typ.
247.000MHz– 329.995MHz 0.79μV typ.
Selectivity AM, FM: More than 12kHz/–9dB,
Less than 30kHz/–60dB
WFM More than 150kHz/–6dB
AF power (at 10% distortion) Internal speaker (16Ω load) More than 150mW
External speaker (8Ω load) 80mW typ.
External speaker connector 3-conductor 3.5 (d) mm (18″)/8Ω

* Cellular bands are blocked in the USA version.

Applicable U.S. Military Specifications

Icom makes rugged products that have been tested to and passed the following MIL-STD requirements and strict environmental standards.

MIL-810 G
Method Procedure
Low Pressure 500.4 I,II
High Temperature 501.4 I,II
Low Temperature 502.4 I,II
Temperature Shock 503.4 I
Solar Radiation 505.4 I
Humidity 507.4 -
Vibration 514.5 I
Shock 516.5 I,IV

Also meets equivalent MIL-STD-810-C, -D -E and -F.

Ingress Protection Standard

Water IPX2 (Drip resistant)

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

Supplied Accessories

  • Ni-MH cells*
  • AC adapter, BC-196SA/BC-153SE*
  • Antenna
  • Belt clip
  • Handstrap

* Not supplied depending on version

Catalogs / Brochures

Brochures Name Size
IC-R6 345KB
HAM Radios and Receivers 5.87MB

Instruction Manual / Guides

Name Model Name Note