Professional Communications Receiver with High Performance Spectrum Scope

Wideband Coverage

The IC-R9500 covers 0.005–3335MHz*1 in SSB, AM, FM, WFM, CW, FSK and P25*2 modes. It is suitable for a wide variety of radio monitoring and listening activities.

*1 Frequency range differs depending on version.

*2 Optional UT-122 digital unit is required.

Superb Receiver Performance

The IC-R9500 achieves its amazing performance by using a D-MOS FET array in the 1st mixer (below 30MHz) and an excellent IMD roofing filter. The IC-R9500 has +40dBm IP3 and 109dB dynamic range at 14.1MHz. IP3 performance is +9.8dBm at 50MHz and +6.2dBm at 620MHz (+5dBm (typical) from 30MHz to 3335MHz).

Five Roofing Filters

The IC-R9500 has 5 independent roofing filters (240, 50, 15, 6 and 3kHz) for improved selectivity. In very crowded RF spectrum conditions, it is extremely important to prevent overload and from strong signals. The 3kHz roofing filter provides a 130dB (approx.)* blocking dynamic range.

* At 15MHz reception, with 5kHz separation signals.

±0.05ppm High Frequency Stability

The IC-R9500 uses an OCXO (Oven Control Crystal Oscillator) unit which provides ±0.05ppm frequency stability from 0°C to 50°C. The 10MHz reference frequency can either be supplied to or input from external equipment.

Multi Function Spectrum Scope

Using a dedicated DSP unit improves the dynamic range of the spectrum scope. The IC-R9500 has four different display modes such as normal/wide and center/fixed width. The spectrum scope normally covers a range from ±2.5kHz to ±5MHz, while the wide band spectrum scope* observes up to ±500MHz (±10MHz, ±25MHz, ±50MHz, ±100MHz ±250MHz and ±500MHz selectable). When using the normal spectrum scope mode, the digital scope’s filter width can vary from 200Hz to 20kHz with a variable sweep speed.

The peak search function automatically moves the display marker to the strongest signal on the scope screen. In addition to these features, the scope has 3 levels of attenuation (10dB, 20dB, 30dB).

* While using the wide band scope function, AF output is muted.

7-inch Wide Color TFT LCD

The large 7-inch wide (800 × 480 pixels) active matrix display delivers quick response time, high resolution and has a wide viewing angle. The multi-function spectrum scope is displayed in vivid color. The background color is selectable from black or blue for your preference. In addition, the IC-R9500 has a VGA connector allowing you to connect an external monitor.

Multiple RSSI

S-meter, dBμ , dBμ (emf) and dBm meter types are selectable in the IC-R9500. The dBμ , dBμ (emf) and dBm meter have ±3dB of accuracy*.

(* 10 to 70dBμ signal from 100kHz to 3335MHz at 25°C)

Digital Voice Recorder

The IC-R9500 has two types of digital voice recorders. One is the regular recorder, recording for long periods in “WAV” format to the built-in CF memory or an external USB memory. The sampling rate is variable from 8kHz (SQ1) to 48kHz (SHQ). In SQ1 mode, up to 130 minutes (approx.) of recorded audio can be stored into the CF memory. The other recorder is the short voice recorder that saves the previous 15 seconds of radio audio into RAM, allowing you to play back the audio instantly.

Dual DSP

The IC-R9500 incorporates two independent, 32-bit floating point DSP units, a dedicated DSP unit for receiver functions and another for the spectrum scope. By using the power of two independent DSP units, the radio can respond to operator changes in an instant.

Other Features

[Receive assist functions]

  • Digital IF filter
  • Digital twin PBT
  • Noise blanker
  • Noise reduction
  • Notch filter
  • Synchronous AM detection
  • FSK demodulator and decoder
  • 10 VFOs
  • 1220 memory channels
  • Multiple-scan functions
  • Voice synthesizer
  • USB connector
  • SSB/CW/AM mode auto tuning function
  • AFC function compensates for frequency shifts (FM/WFM mode only)
  • CW-R (reverse) mode
  • Preamp and attenuator
  • 1/4 tuning step function and dial click function
  • APF (Audio Peak Filter)
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control)
  • VSC (Voice Squelch Control)
  • Input overload protection (HF bands only)
  • Optional P25 digital mode reception
  • Optional CI-V interface and RS-232C for PC remote control
  • Analog TV tuner (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)*1
  • 4 antenna connectors: an SO-239 type, a phono (RCA) connector and two type-N connectors
  • S/P DIF output jack
  • Video input/output
  • Clock function with daily timer and sleep timer
  • CTCSS and DTCS tone squelch
  • Simplified frequency calibration using WWV or WWVH

*1 Except USA version


Frequency coverage

(Differs depending on the version)
Mode USB, LSB, CW, FSK, AM, FM, WFM, P25*
* Optional UT-122 required.
Frequency stability ±0.05ppm
(25°C; after 5 min. warm up)
Maximum current drain 100VA (Power consumption)
Power supply requirement 100, 120, 230, 240V AC
Antenna connector SO-239 (50Ω for HF)
Phono (RCA: 500Ω for HF)
Type-N × 2 (50Ω*2)
Number of memory channels 1220
(including 100 auto memory write,
100 memory scan skip and 20 scan edges)
(W×H×D; Projections are not included)
424×149×340 mm;
16.69×5.87×13.39 in
Weight (approx.) 20kg; 44.1lb


Sensitivity (typical)
SSB, CW, RTTY, AM: at 10dB S/N
FM, WFM: at 12dB SINAD
SSB, CW, FSK (BW=2.4kHz):
0.1-1.799MHz 0.5μV (Preamp1 ON)
1.8-29.999MHz 0.2μV (Preamp1 ON)
30-2999.999MHz 0.32μV (Preamp ON)
3000-3335MHz 1.0μV (Preamp ON)

AM (6.0kHz):
0.1-1.799MHz 6.3μV (Preamp1 ON)
1.8-29.999MHz 2.5μV (Preamp1 ON)
30-2999.999MHz 3.5μV (Preamp ON)
3000-3335MHz 11μV (Preamp ON)

FM (15kHz):
28-29.999MHz 0.5μV (Preamp1 ON)
30-2999.999MHz 0.5μV (Preamp ON)
3000-3335MHz 1.6μV (Preamp ON)

FM50k (50kHz) :
28-29.999MHz 0.71μV (Preamp1 ON)
30-2999.999MHz 0.71μV (Preamp ON)
3000-3335MHz 2.2μV (Preamp ON)

WFM (180kHz):
30-2999.999MHz 1.4μV (Preamp ON)
3000-3335MHz 4.5μV (Preamp ON)
Selectivity SSB, FSK: (BW=2.4kHz*)

CW (500Hz):

AM (6kHz):

FM (15kHz):

*variable between 50Hz and 3.6kHz
Spurious and image rejection More than 70dB (0.1-30MHz)
More than 50dB (30-2500MHz)
More than 40dB (2500-3000MHz)
AF power (at 10% distortion) AF power (at 10% distortion)
External speaker connector 2-conductor 3.5 (d) mm (1/8'')/8Ω

*1 Cellular bands are blocked in the USA version.
*2 One each for 30-1149.999MHz, 1150-3335MHz
* The LCD display may have cosmetic imperfections that appear as small or dark spots. This is not a malfunction or defect, but a normal characteristic of LCD displays.

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

Catalogs / Brochures

Brochures Name Size
IC-R9500 1.04MB

Instruction Manual / Guides

Name Model Name Note
nstruction Manual IC-R9500

Firmware / Software

Type Model Name Version Last Update
Firmware IC-R9500 Ver.1.07 USA version 2007.12.18