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144, 430/440, 1200, 2400, 5600 MHz +10 GHz
ALL MODE TRANSCEIVER

IC-905

USA Version

Aim Higher!
VHF, UHF, and Explore the World of Microwave

Industry First Multi-Band 144 MHz to Microwave Transceiver!

Explore the World of Microwave

The IC-905 is the industry's first microwave rig in the 144, 430/440, 1200, 2400, 5600 MHz and 10 GHz* bands. Multi-mode operation including SSB, AM, FM, D-STAR DV/DD and FM-TV (Amateur TV). Output power is 10 W on 144, 430/440, 1200 MHz, 2 W on 2400, 5600 MHz and 0.5 W on 10 GHz. 
* CX-10G is required for 10 GHz operation

Separate Controller and RF Unit Configuration

The IC-905 is the industry’s first super efficient microwave base station with the RF unit designed to be at the base of the antenna, rather than in the shack. This design eliminates signal loss due to costly, long coax feed line runs found in legacy SHF designs. Optional 50 m (164 ft) or 20 m (65.6 ft) controller cable is available with the IC-905.

 

Less Signal Loss 

With the RF unit mounted at the antenna, transmit and receive signals are at their maximum efficiency as the coax feed line is measured in inches rather than feet, keep signal loss to a minimum. This is possible due to the controller cable providing digital communications between the controller and RF units.

 

Power Supplied through the Controller Cable

The DC power is supplied from the controller to the RF unit through the controller cable, making it possible to supply power with a low loss. Moreover, optional CX-10G’s power is supplied from the IC-905 RF unit.

GPS-Controlled Oscillator for Ultimate Frequency Stability

Frequency accuracy and stability are required for SHF band operation. Even with a high-performance OCXO, the frequency gradually changes due to temperature and aging. To solve this problem, the IC-905 uses a high-precision 1 pulse-per-second (1 PPS) clock signal from an internal GPS (GNSS) receiver to enable advanced frequency control.

Wideband 50 MHz Span
Real-time Spectrum Scope

A high-performance real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display are built in. The real-time spectrum scope can be adjusted for Center, Fixed, and Scroll mode, and it covers a wide bandwidth of up to 50 MHz span.

ATV (Amateur TV) Mode

The IC-905 is compatible with the ATV (FM-TV, NTSC, PAL or SECAM) mode. With an analog camera connected, the IC-905 can transmit video, and receive a real-time video. Furthermore, received videos can be monitored on an external display connected through AV-output connector.

Icom Common User Interface

The controller of the IC-905 was designed based on the compact IC-705 and utilizes Icom’s Common User Interface system used in Icom’s touch screen transceivers.

Full D-STAR Functions

DV, DD mode, DR function, Terminal mode, and Access Point mode enable easy use of D-STAR. It is also possible to send, receive, and view received pictures with the IC-905.

Optional 10 GHz Transverter, CX-10G

CX-10G

The CX-10G transverter provides 10 GHz operation by converting to a 2400 MHz IF signal. 10 GHz operation becomes more approachable and easier to work. The CX-10G is in bypass mode when the use of the 2400 MHz band.

A Variety of Optional Antennas

Optional Collinear antennas for each bands, 2400, 5600 MHz and 10 GHz are available. Additionally, high-performance parabolic antenna for 10 GHz is also available.

Other Features

  • SD card slot
  • USB Type-C connection for PC and mobile connectors
  • Power Amp thermal protection function
  • ⊿TX, RIT and AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) functions
  • One-Touch FT8 Mode Preset
  • Quick Data mode setting for SSTV, RTTY, PSK31, JT65B and FT8 
  • AMPS hole pattern and 1/4-20 tripod mount for controller unit
  • Two call channels for each band (2×6 bands)
  • 500 memory channels divided into up to 100 groups
  • 50 scan edges, 2500 repeater memories and 300 GPS memories

Side/Rear Panel View

Controller

RF Unit

GENERAL

Frequency coverage USA version 144 ~ 148 MHz,
430 ~ 450 MHz,
1240 ~ 1300 MHz,
2300 ~ 2309.999999, 2390.000001 ~ 2450 MHz,
5650 ~ 5925 MHz
Mode SSB, CW, AM, FM, RTTY, DV, DD*1, ATV*1
Power supply requirement 13.8 V DC ±15% (Controller unit)
Antenna impedance 50 Ω 
Operating temperature range Controller unit 0°C ~ 50°C,  32 ˚F ~ 122 ˚F
RF Unit  –10°C ~ 55°C, 14 ˚F ~ 131 ˚F   
Frequency stability Less than ±65 ppb (Total deviation)
GPS-Controlled Oscillator
Current drain
(at 13.8 V DC)
RX Max. audio/Standby Less than 3 A/2 A (typical)
TX Max. power Less than 5.5 A
Dimensions (W x H x D) Controller unit 200 x 83.5 x 82 mm; 7.9 x 3.3 x 3.2 in
RF unit 172 x 87 x 210 mm; 6.8 x 3.4 x 8.3 in
Weight (Approximate) Controller unit 940 g; 2.1 lb. (supplied accessories not included)
RF unit 3.2kg; 7.1 lb. (supplied accessories not included)

*1 1200 MHz and above.

TRANSMITTER

Output power  144, 430/440 MHz SSB, CW, FM, RTTY, DV : 10 W AM : 2.5 W
1200 MHz SSB, CW, FM, RTTY, DV, DD, ATV : 10 W AM : 2.5 W
2400, 5600 MHz SSB, CW, FM, RTTY, DV, DD, ATV : 2 W AM : 0.5 W
Modulation system SSB Digital PSN modulation
FM Digital Reactance modulation
AM Digital Low Power modulation
DV, DD Digital GMSK modulation
ATV Digital Reactance modulation
Spurious emission 144, 430/440 MHz  Less than -60 dBc
1200 MHz Less than -53 dBc
2400, 5600 MHz Less than -46 dBc
Microphone impedance 2.2 kΩ 

RECEIVER

Receiver system 144, 430/440 MHz RF Direct Sampling
1200, 2400, 5600 MHz Down Conversion IF Sampling
IF Frequency 1200 MHz 1st IF: 331 ~ 371 MHz
2400, 5600 MHz 1st IF: 914 MHz band, 2nd IF: 346 MHz band 
Sensitivity 144, 430, 1200, 2400 MHz bands 5600 MHz band
SSB, CW (Filter: SOFT) (at 10 dB S/N) Less than -19 dBμV (0.11 μV) Less than -16 dBμV (0.15 μV)
AM (at 10 dB S/N) Less than  0 dBμV (1.0 μV) Less than 3 dBμV (1.4 μV)
FM (at 12 dB SINAD) Less than -15 dBμV (0.17 μV) Less than -12 dBμV (0.25 μV)
DV (at 1% BER (PN9) Less than -9 dBμV (0.35 μV) Less than -6 dBμV (0.50 μV)
DD (at 1% BER (PN9) Less than 4 dBμV (1.58 μV) 
(1200, 2400 MHz bands only)
Less than 7 dBμV (2.23 μV)    
Selectivity SSB (BW=2.4 kHz, Filter: SHARP) More than 2.4 kHz/-3 dB
Less than 3.6 kHz/-60 dB
CW (BW=500 Hz) More than 500 Hz/-3 dB
Less than 700 Hz/-60 dB
RTTY (BW=500 Hz) More than 500 Hz/-3dB
Less than 700 Hz/-60 dB
AM (BW=6 kHz) More than 6.0 kHz/-3 dB
Less than 15 kHz/-60 dB
FM (BW=15 kHz) More than 12.0 kHz/-6 dB
Less than 20 kHz/-60 dB
DV (Ch. Spacing=12.5 kHz) Less than -50 dB
DD (Ch. Spacing=300 kHz) Less than -40 dB
Audio output power Internal SP More than 530 mW (12 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% distortion)
External SP More than 200 mW (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% distortion)
AV-OUT More than -6 dBV (600 Ω, Max. power)
1 V p-p typ.  (Test pattern)
AF Output Impedance External SP 8 Ω
AV-OUT 600 Ω (Audio), 75 Ω (Video) 

*Specifying PREAMP ON in 144, 430/440, and 1200 MHz bands. No switching function for PREAMP ON/OFF in 2400 and 5600 MHz bands.
* All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Applicable IP Rating

Ingress Protection Standard
IC-905 RF Unit IP55 (Dust-protection and water jet resistance)

IC-905 Supplied Accessories

  • Accessory connectors
  • CW key plug
  • OPC-2488, power supply cable
  • Controller cable (5 m, 16.4 feet) 
  • GPS antenna
  • HM-243, Speaker-microphone  
  • Cushion sheet  
  • RF unit bracket kit
  • U-bolt clamp kit 
  • Spare fuse           
     

Catalogs / Brochures

Brochures Name Size
HAM Radios and Receivers 6.65MB
IC-905_USA 1.50MB

Instruction Manual / Guides

Name Model Name Note
INSTRUCTIONS AH-109PB
PRECAUTIONS (German/Spanish/French/Italian) AH-109PB
INSTRUCTIONS AH-24/AH-56/AH-100
PRECAUTIONS (German/Spanish/French/Italian) AH-24/AH-56/AH-100
INSTRUCTIONS CS-905
DICHIARAZIONE DI CONFORMITA UE (ITALIANO) CX-10G
DOC (DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY) CX-10G
INSTRUCTIONS CX-10G
PRECAUTIONS (Spanish/French) CX-10G
PRECAUTIONS (German/Italian) CX-10G
Firmware Update Information IC-905
BASIC MANUAL (Italian) IC-905
BASIC MANUAL (German) IC-905
CI-V REFERENCE GUIDE (English) IC-905
BASIC MANUAL (Spanish) IC-905
BASIC MANUAL (French) IC-905
ADVANCED MANUAL (English) IC-905
CONNECTION GUIDE (English) IC-905
BASIC MANUAL (English) IC-905
About the Share Pictures function IC-9700/IC-705/IC-905
D-STAR Application Guide ID-52A/ID-52E/IC-705/IC-905/IC-9700/IC-7100/ID-4100E/ID-4100A/ID-5100E/ID-5100A/ID-51E/ID-51A/ID-31E/ID-31A/ID-31E PLUS/ID-31A PLUS/RS-MS1A/RS-MS1I/RS-MS3A/ST-4001A/ST-4001I/ID-50A/ID-50E
D-STAR Updating the repeater list ID-52E/ID-52A/IC-705/IC-905/IC-9700/IC-7100/ID-4100E/ID-4100A/ID-5100E/ID-5100A/ID-51E/ID-51A/ID-31E/ID-31A/ID-31E PLUS/ID-31A PLUS/ID-50A/ID-50E
INSTRUCTIONS ST-4001A/ST-4001I
INSTRUCTIONS ST-4001W
Installation Guide for Windows 11/10 USB Driver IC-705/IC-905/ID-52A/ID-52E/ID-50A/ID-50E/RS-BA1 Version 2

Firmware / Software

Type Model Name Version Last Update
Programming software CS-905 Version 1.20 2024.03.29
Firmware CX-10G Version 1.02 2023.11.30
USB Driver IC-705/IC-905/ID-52A/ID-52E Version 1.20 2023.04.07
USB Driver IC-705/IC-905/ID-52A/ID-52E/ID-50A/ID-50E Version 1.30 2023.07.28
Firmware IC-905 Version 1.15 2024.03.29
Repeater List, GPS Data IC-905 20230809 2023.08.09
Control software RS-BA1 Version 2 Version 2.50 2023.08.18

Icom IC-905 Introduction Video

IC-905 ATV Mode

IC-905 Realtime Spectrum Scope