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Programming The Icom IC-V8000
Using the Hand Microphone

(Updated 04-04-09 AND 05-27-2010 with additional info)
See red text below.

A quick and easy method of programming memory channels!
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.
After looking 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 programming the
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 IC-V8000
(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 browser.

1. You 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 button.

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 simplex.
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 set mode.

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 below)

Update 05-27-2010
Courtesy of research by
Gene K0GKC   

Saving Settings in a Memory Channel

Step 6 continiued

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 programmed.

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 them.

Multi-function Buttons

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.

On the 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.

Storing Frequencies
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.

Operating Modes
Initial Set
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.
73 and good programming......N4UJW

Editor's Note:
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 V8000.

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 given..
If you know who the original author is, we will post the credit to him/her.
Just email n4ujw @ hamuniverse.com.
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 frustration.......including myself
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 Hamuniverse.com

NOTE: This model microphone may not come with all versions.
All Icom related graphics on this page are copyright Icom Inc.
Graphics from Icom Instruction Manual



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