The IC-A15 ground to air two-way radio from Icom is a new air band transceiver designed to be used by ground crew working in airports and airfields. The IC-A15 is compact, lightweight and has a high capacity Lithium-Ion battery pack (2000mAh) so it can be used all day. Its audio output is designed to cut through environmental noise and it is built to be rugged and rain-resistant too.
The 5 watts of transmit power are built-in, enough to cover the largest of airports and get signals through and around thick walls and metal hangars. In addition, 700mW of crisp, clear audio is provided by the built-in BTL amplifier which should make sure communications get heard.
The IC-A15 is really easy to operate and ideal for large companies where the radio may be used by shift workers. The full-featured keypad allows direct input of channels and frequencies. 200 Memory channels and 8 alphanumeric LCD characters per channel allow you to allocate specific users a channel on the radio. A low battery indication and beep alert are also standard features.
The radio comes with a large Lithium-Ion battery pack (2000mAh) that can provide up to 18 hours of operation. Being Li-ion, it has superior weight-performance ratio.
More power is housed in a smaller, lighter package. Carrying the lightweight IC-A15 on the belt will be less of a hassle for ground workers. The IC-A15 also meets strict military specifications (MIL STD MIL-810C/D/E/F) for ruggedness. The water resistant construction, equivalent to IPX4, provides reliable operation in wet conditions.
The radio supports various charging options. The BC-179 desktop charger securely holds and charges the battery, even in bumpy conditions. The charger may be powered by an optional cigarette lighter cable, CP-22. An ‘AA’ backup battery case, BP-261, is also available.
The list price of the IC-A15 is £200.00 ex.VAT and is available from authorised Icom dealers.
Ian Lockyer, marketing manager of Icom UK said: ‘The simple to use IC-A15 is an ideal ‘work horse’ ground to air radio for airports and airfields. The no-nonsense design will make it an important communication choice for airport operators.’
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