IC-A120 / IC-A120E

IC-A120 IC-A120E
Top Performance Mobile Airband Radio with Active Noise Cancelling and Bluetooth® Wireless Connectivity

General Details



Top Performance Mobile Airband Radio
with Active Noise Cancelling and
Bluetooth® Wireless Connectivity


High Visibility, Simple Operation

The full dot-matrix LCD allows for high visibility and clearly shows alphanumeric characters and icons. Programming memory channels and other radio settings can be simply made from the front panel by radio users. These customizing functions can also be restricted, depending on the radio settings.

Optional Bluetooth® Headset Connectivity

With the optional UT-133A Bluetooth® unit, the IC-A120 can be used with a third-party wireless Bluetooth® headset. Also, using the optional VS-3 Bluetooth® headset, the side tone function is available.

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)

The newly added built-in ANC reduces background noise in the received and transmitting signals. This function is effective in extremely noisy airport environments full of aircraft noise. The automatic noise limiter (ANL)* reduces pulse-type noise such as engine ignition.
* The ANL and ANC functions cannot be used at the same time.

IP54 Dust-Protection and Water Resistance

The IC-A120 has IP54 dust-protection and water resistance. This construction allows for use in open-air vehicles.

Dualwatch and ON-Hook Scan Functions

The dualwatch function checks the priority and operating channels alternatively. The ON-Hook scan function automatically starts scanning when the hand microphone is hooked on the microphone hanger. When you take the microphone OFF hook, the scanning stops at the priority channel or displayed channel (according to the preprogramming).

Side Tone Function

When using a third-party headset with the optional OPC-871A headset adapter, the side tone function allows you to monitor your own transmitted voice via the connected headset. Even when using a hand microphone, your voice can be monitored from the headset.

Optional Speaker-Microphone, HM-217

Listen to received audio through the HM-217’s built-in speaker. From the speaker-microphone’s front panel, access up/down buttons and two programmable buttons (P1/P2) which can be used as a shortcut to activate frequently used functions.

Other Features

・ A total of 200 memory channels with 12-character channel names
・ Both 12- and 24- volt systems compatible
・ 8.33 kHz* and 25 kHz channel spacing
・ 36 W (P.E.P.) RF output power
・ Dualwatch and priority scan functions
・ Power on password protection
・ PC programming capability
・ CI-V Commands for external control
・ VE-PG3 RoIP gateway for interconnect with other radio devices
* Use of 8.33 kHz channel spacing is prohibited in Canada



Frequency coverage

USA version:  TX/Rx 118.000–136.992 MHz*

EUR versions:  Tx/Rx 118.111-136-992 MHz 

Channel spacing 25kHz/8.33kHz
Type of emission A3E (AM)
Operating temperature -30
Power supply requirement 13.75V/27.5V DC ±15%
Current drain (at 13.75V) Transmitting 5.0A(maximum) 11 A
Receiving 0.5A(at Stand-by) 4.4 A(at AF max)
Max. audio 1.5 A
Antenna connector M type(50) Ω (SO-239)
Operating temperature range –10°C to +60°C; 14°F to +140°F
(projections not included; W×H×D)
140×40×162 mm;
5.5×1.6×6.4 in
Weight (approx.) 1.1 kg; 2.43 lb

* Guaranteed range TX/RX: 144–148 MHz


Output power* (at 13.8 V DC) 65 W, 25 W, 10 W, 5 W
Max. frequency deviation Wide ±5.0 kHz
Narrow ±2.5 kHz
Spurious emissions Less than –60 dBc
Frequency stability ±3 ppm
Microphone impedance 600 Ω (8-pin modular)


* Output power differs depending on version and specific regulatory requirements.


Intermediate frequencies 46.35 MHz/450 kHz
Sensitivity at 12dB SINAD Less than 0.18 μV
Adjacent channel
Wide More than 6 kHz (at 6 dB)
Less than 14 kHz (at 60 dB)
Narrow More than 3 kHz (at 6 dB)
Less than 9 kHz (at 55 dB)
Spurious response rejection More than 60 dB
Audio output power 4.5 W typ. (10% dist. 4 Ω load)
External speaker connector 2-conductor 3.5 (d) mm (1⁄8ʺ)/4 Ω

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.

Standard MIL 810G
Method Procedure
Low Pressure 500.5 I, II
High Temperature 501.5 I, II
Low Temperature 502.5 I, II
Temperature Shock 503.5 I-C
Solar Radiation 505.5 I
Vibration 514.6 I
Shock 516.6 I, IV

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

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