Icom HF Mobile Transceiver - IC-F8101

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Powerful Professional HF in a Compact Package

ALE (Automatic Link Establishment)

The built-in ALE system automatically selects the best channel and establishes a communication link. ALE provides interoperability with other 2G ALE radios using MIL-STD-188-141B and FED-STD-1045A ALE standards. ALE individual call, net call, sounding, AMD (Automatic Message Display) and LQA (Link Quality Analysis) polling are available.

Selcall (Selective Calling)

The IC-F8101 provides CCIR493-4 based 4-digit and 6-digit open standards Selcall, widely used in HF networks and HF calling systems. Supported Selcall functions include: selective calling, phone call, message call, position call, status call, emergency call and channel test call. For security, the owner passwordenabled stun feature can remotely disable the radio operation and the radio can be GPS tracked.

Compact and Durable

IC-F8101 with optional MB-126. The IC-F8101 hasa durable, enclosedstructure securelysealed from the elements,in a stealthyblack compact package.The IC-F8101 and the CFU-F8100 cooling fan unit has been tested to MIL-STD-810-G and IP54 ratings. Also, connection cables and connectors are IP54 water resistant.

125W* of Powerful RF Output

With the fanless design, you get 125W* output with full duty cycle operation in voice mode or in data mode a maximum 5 minutes of continuous transmission (25% duty cycle). When used with the CFU-F8100 optional external cooling fan unit, the IC-F8101 provides full duty cycle data and voice mode operations for absolute reliability during long continuous transmit cycles, or for operation in hot climates. * 100W for Australia versions. Optional CFU-F8100. Optional CFU-F8100 fitted to the rear panel.

BITE (Built-in Test Equipment) Function

You can check the transceiver’s internal condition by using the BITE capability. Auto, logic, receiver, and transmitter are checked.

User Friendly Operation

Function button menus are shownat the bottom of the display The IC-F8101 is designed for simple, straightforwardoperation. The Administrator/User feature can limitthe functions that are accessed by the User. TheAdministrator can enter the operating frequency andassign memory channels from the front panel or theremote control microphone. The following functions can be assigned to the [I], [II],and [III] soft key buttons: Main menu, Manager menu,Set mode, Selcall address list, RX history, and TXhistory.

Clear Talk Function

The clear talk function separates signals from noise using the DSP, and gives you clearer audio at the touch of a button.

Mute Functions

The IC-F8101 has 3 types of mute functions: call squelch, S-meter squelch and syllabic voice squelch. Call squelch opens the squelch only when receiving a Selcall or ALE call sent intentionally to this station and provides quiet standby.

Digital Signal Processor (DSP)

The latest DSP technology improves both the transmitter and receiver performance. The digital IF filter provides flexible filter settings for narrow band signals.

GPS Receiver Connection

Optional UX-248 When connected to the UX-248 optional GPS unit, the IC-F8101 can send current position data to other stations and can be used with a AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) system.

Data Communications

The IC-F8101 has an internal expansion slot for an optional RapidM TC4 or TC4-LP Data Modem Module*1. This provides HF Email capability connecting to a PC with Email software from RapidM. In addition, the TC4-LP has optional functions including 2400 bps MELPe/TWELP Vocoder and 256-bit AES encryption*2. *1 Depending on the version. *2 Please visit www.rapidm.com for details.

USB Port for PC Connection

The IC-F8101 can be connected to a PC through a USB port for HF e-mail, CI-V remote control and modulation input.

Many More Features

  • Multiple operating modes (SSB, AM, CW and Data mode)* (* SSB and AM (RX only) for Australia versions)
  • 500kHz to 29.999MHz general coverage receiver (TX: 1.6MHz to 29.999MHz) and VFO mode operation
  • 500 Selcall, 500 ALE address memories
  • ±0.3ppm frequency stability (−30°C to +60°C)
  • RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) emergency calls* (* Australia version only)
  • TX Power protection (PA unit high temperature, high SWR, low battery)
  • Display mode: SWR, voltage, clock, GPS position, direction and elevation
  • FCC part 90 compliant (USA version)

IC-F8101 contents

Controller attached type:

  • RF unit with controller head
  • Microphone, HM-193
  • Microphone hanger kit
  • External speaker, SP-35L
  • DC power cable
  • Spare fuses

Detached controller type:

  • RF unit
  • Remote controller head
  • Seaparation kit, RMK-6
  • Microphone, HM-193
  • Microphone hanger kit
  • External speaker, SP-35L
  • DC power cable
  • Spare fuses

Command microphone type:

  • RF unit
  • Command Microphone, HM-192
  • Microphone hanger kit for HM-192
  • Extension microphone connector
  • External speaker, SP-35L
  • DC power cable
  • Spare fuses

Rear Panel View




Frequency coverage Receive 0.5–29.9999MHz
Transmit 1.6–29.9999MHz
Number of channels 500 channels
Type of emissions Australia version J3E, A3E (RX only)
Export/USA versions J3E, A3E, A1A, F1B, J2B
Power supply requirements 13.8V DC Negative ground
10.8–15.6V (Australia versions)
11.73–15.87V (Export/USA versions)
Current drain Receive Less than 3A (Max. audio), 1.0A (Stand-by)
Transmit Less than 28A (Maximum output)
Dimensions (W×H×D)
(Projections not included)
174×62×259 mm;
6.85×2.44×10.2 in
(Controller attached type)
Weight (approx.) 3.9kg; 8.6lb (Controller attached type)




Output power Australia version J3E: 100, 50, 10W PEP (typical)
Export/USA versions J3E/A1A: 125, 50, 10W PEP (typical)
A3E: 30, 12.5, 3W (typical)
F1B/J2B: 75, 50, 10W PEP (typical)
Spurious emissions 64dB below PEP typical (EXP/Australia versions)
64dB below PEP (USA versions)




(at 10dB S/N)
(Pre-amp. ON)
0.5–1.5999MHz: 14dBμV
1.6–29.9999MHz: -14dBμV
A3E 0.5–1.5999MHz: 22dBμV
1.6–29.9999MHz: 6dBμV
Squelch sensitivity J3E
(at 13.5MHz)
Threshold: Less than +20dBμV
Tight: Less than +90dBμV
(at 1.000MHz)
Threshold: Less than +30dBμV
Tight: Less than +110dBμV
Spurious responses More than 70dB
Audio output power 4.0W at 10% distortion with a 4Ω load
Standard MIL-810 G
Method, Proc.
Low Pressure Storage
500.5 I
Low Pressure Operation
500.5 II
High Temperature Storage
501.5 I
High Temperature Operation
501.5 II
Low Temperature Storage
502.5 I
Low Temperature Operation
502.5 II
Temperature Shock
503.5 I-C
Solar Radiation
505.5 I
Rain Blowing
506.5 I
Rain Drip
506.5 III
507.5 II
Salt fog
Dust Blowing
510.5 I
514.6 I
Shock Functional
516.6 I
Shock Transit Drop
516.6 IV
Ingress Protection Standards
Dust & Water
IP54 (Dust-protection and water resistant)

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