Programming The Icom IC-V8000
Using the Hand
(Updated 04-04-09 AND
05-27-2010 with additional info)
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A quick and easy method of programming
The Icom IC-V8000 manual leaves much
to be desired due to the translation.
The operator's manual
included with the Icom IC-V8000 can be very confusing to the new ham
and the old timer alike, and lots of hams get very disgusted when
trying to program the IC V8000 using the instructions provided with
the operator's manual.
I too along with a brand new ham was very
displeased with the way the manual had been translated so I began
searching the world wide web for more information.
at lots of forums and searching the internet and Icom's website for
a couple of hours, I finally discovered some very simple methods of
IC V8000 using the microphone that should be
easy for most to understand.
They are presented below for your
use and enjoyment. 73 DON N4UJW
Six Steps for Programming your
(from the microphone)
See pictures below article
describing mic functions. Refer to the pictures in your manual if
these graphics do not show up well in your
MUST be in the VFO mode to begin programming your radio. If
it is in memory mode (black icon with M shown in the display), put
your radio in VFO mode by pressing and releasing the "VFO/Lock
2. Set the frequency you want to use by pressing and
releasing the "T-OFF/ENT/C" button, enter the desired 6 digit
frequency via the keypad.
3. To set your offset or duplex
(dup), press the proper button on the microphone (DUP-, DUP+ or
SIMP). The radio will display + or - for duplex or nothing for
Note: If you have selected a simplex frequency or a
repeater frequency that does not require a sub audible tone to
access, please proceed to Step #6.
4. If the repeater
requires a sub audible tone, set the tone in the SET mode. Press and
release the "SET" button to enter the set mode. Press and release
the "SET" button until "rt" appears in the lower right comer. Using
the tuning knob or up/down arrows, scroll to the correct tone the
repeater requires. Press and release the "CLR" button to exit the
5. Even though you have told the radio what tone
to use in step 4, you still have to turn on the tone. Press and
release the "FUNC" button then the "TONE" (keypad #7) button and the radio will display a
musical note. (Note that the keypad has 3
different keys with the word "tone"...use
only the one marked with a #7 in this step, otherwise it will not work. This was discoverd after
much trial and error after this article was written and will save
you a lot of frustration!)
6. Now that you have the
frequency, offset and tone (if required) selected, you are now ready
to save your settings in a memory channel. (Step 6 updated
research by Gene K0GKC
in a Memory Channel
1. Push FUNC, then MW (Memory Write). The
memory channel indicator and memory channel will flash (“M” and the
channel number) at the bottom of the display.
Use the up/down
keys on the microphone to select the desired memory channel. An open
channel shows blank on the display. Note: Choosing a pre-programmed
channel (frequency shows in the display) will cause you to overwrite
that channel with the new memory channel information.
2. Push FUNC, then push and hold MW
for 1-2 seconds. You will hear a single tone followed by 2 fast
tones (if your volume is turned up), indicating the memory has been
3. If you have no further memory
channels to create, Push MR/CALL to operate in memory mode. To
continue creating memory channels, return to step 2 of Entering
Frequency, Offset, and Tone.
Above update taken from Icom:
That's it! Using the above steps you should have no
trouble entering either simplex or repeater frequencies and saving
ADDITIONAL GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT THE V8000
Almost all of the control buttons on
the radio control multiple functions. The radio differentiates the
desired function by the duration of the button push.
front panel, if you touch the button briefly, the function indicated
in black will be executed. If you hold the button down for 1 second
or more the function indicated in green
will be executed.
On the microphone, the FUNC button selects
the orange functions for momentary
action, but some operations still require holding down the button
for 1 second or more, such as writing a frequency to a memory
channel using CLR A(MW) as Icom writes it.
Generally, to store whatever you are looking at
on the display, press MW once to put the radio into "get ready to
store" mode, then select where you want to store it, then hold down
the MW button for 1 second or more to stuff it in.
The radio has two sets of operating
parameters: Initial Set and Set modes.
'Initial Set' mode allows seldom-changed
settings to be edited. It is accessed by holding down the SET button
while powering up the radio. The mic buttons are not recognized in
Initial Set mode, only the buttons on the radio are recognized.
'Set' mode is accessed anytime by pushing the 'SET'
button on the radio or the mic keypad. Both modes are the usual
arrangement where you step through the settings and change what you
want. Don't forget the pictures at bottom of this article.
and good programming......N4UJW
Most of the contents of this
page contains Copyrighted material.
After you spend a great deal
of time searching the internet, these instructions can be found in
several locations on the internet with almost identical copy using
different variations and formats.
We have presented the
instructions for microphone programming of the Icom V8000 on this
page in an attempt to make them easier and quicker to find for those
who need good, simple and quick instructions in programming the Icom
We have attempted to locate the original author to
give proper credit to no avail.
Therefore, we will consider the
original author unknown at this time so no proper credit can be
If you know who the original author is, we will post the
credit to him/her.
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This information presented here is in no
way intended to infringe on anyone's copyright.
If the original
author were known, he would be given credit for sharing the
information and saving lots of hams a great deal of
in programming the
V8000!......PLEASE, if you have any more tips
and tricks for programming the IC-V8000, let us know so we can
share them with others!
Don Butler N4UJW
NOTE: This model microphone may not
come with all versions.
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