Trunking System lets radios roam.

Press Release Summary:

IC-F4TR combines 250 channel conventional radio, basic LTR radio and PassPort radio all in one. Using fractional-N system for ultra high-speed PLL lock-up, plus PassPort protocol, trunking system provides seamless roaming capabilities. It has 10 PC programmable keys, display, scanning, CTCSS, DCS, DTMF encode and decode, reverse burst, selective call, ANI and stun/kill. 40 MHz bandwidth makes it easy to trunk channels far apart from each other.

Original Press Release:

ICOM Brings Speed And Flexibility To Trunking Radio IC-F4TR

(Bellevue, WA) - ICOM America, a global leader in radio communications, announces the Nation-wide release of the IC-F4TR. Previously released in limited test-markets, the IC-F4TR has been enhanced to meet the needs of today's fast-paced businesses while remaining adaptable to changing technology. Utilizing the input from early market testing, new IC-F4TR is the ideal combination of power, performance and possibility for today's business world.

This release comes at a time when PassPort® networks are emerging across the country, allowing a wide variety of compatible radios to work within this expansive network.

The IC-F4TR opens up the possibilities of UHF trunking to businesses seeking to save both time and money while improving business communications in the field.

The benefits of this radio, however, are wide reaching. With increasing use of the PassPort® system, ESMR operators are able to reach a higher loading factor with more subscribers on their network. Likewise, retailers are embracing this advancement in the marketplace that allows for a variety of products and sales strategies. Network U-HF trunking represents a shift towards increased functionality and decreased cost. The IC-F4TR, the most flexible portable receiver made by ICOM, is one of the most powerful competitors in the mid-tier market.

Using new Fractional-N system for ultra high-speed PLL lock-up, the IC-F4TR boasts the fastest connection speed on the market. That same speed is reflected in the seamless roaming capabilities using the PassPort® protocol that enables the IC-F4TR to automatically register with the nearest site.

"This combination of power and flexibility is an exciting innovation in the marketplace," says Chris Lougee, Vice President of ICOM America. "The IC-F4TR is a 250 channel conventional radio, a basic LTR radio and a PassPort radio all in one. But what really sets it apart is that with this one unit, the user can continually upgrade with simple reprogramming. The user can migrate from basic services into more comprehensive services with a few simple steps."

The IC-F4TR lives up to the high standards that have come to symbolize the ICOM name. With rugged construction that meets many military standards, it can handle a rough day on the job. Conventional features include 250 channels, 10 PC programmable keys, display, scanning, CTCSS, DCS, and DTMF encode & decode, and reverse burst. Selective call, ANI and stun/kill along with 4-Watt output make it easy to get business done.

"It's the trunking features that make the IC-F4TR a true innovation in the marketplace," says Lougee. "This radio was designed from the beginning as a powerful trunking radio, not just a conventional radio that was converted as an afterthought."

Those trunking features include 40 MHz bandwidth that make it easy to trunk channels far apart from each other. Advanced Programming can assign Conventional, LTR or PassPort channels by system. Additionally, an easy-to-read display is simple to use with 8-digit LCD readout, 18 icons to indicate operational status and a 1 0-segment character set to toggle between system/group numbers or alphabetical names. The IC-F4TR is available with a keypad for full interconnect capability or as a simple dispatch subscriber unit without a keypad. Each version has 7 PC programmable keys that can be assigned functions to customize operations for the end user. Despite the fact that the IC-F4TR boasts better performance and more features than the competitors, it retails for significantly less.

ICOM America's parent company, ICOM Inc., was founded in Osaka Japan. ICOM is a publicly held Japanese corporation; its stock is traded on the Osaka Stock Exchange. ICOM began as an engineering and manufacturing company, making advanced, compact solid-state radio equipment for use by amateur radio enthusiasts. ICOM has since grown to become an industry leader with a product line that includes state-of-the-art communications equipment for land and marine use as well as avionics. ICOM America's headquarters are in Bellevue Washington.

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