NMBP Icom Radio Program
Please note: Effective immediately, the NMBP's radio call sign will be WQIU529
IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol and Icom America have teamed up to supply NMBP patrollers with two-channel, five watt portable two-way radios.
Don't let the light weight or compact body fool you. This is a military spec., commercial quality, rugged radio that can take abuse and keep working. Just put them out in the field and let them do their job!
- Credit card payment only (Visa or Mastercard). No exceptions.
- All sales are final.
- You may purchase the listed products only.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact patrol [at] imba [dot] com
Icom IC-F11S VHF five watt, two channel radio, includes antenna, battery, charger and programming for a cost of $149.50 (suggested list price is about $300)
Icom IC-F11 VHF five watt, sixteen channel radio, includes antenna, battery, charger and programming for a cost of $159.50 (suggested list price is about $319)
Channel Programming Information
Channel one: Your primary frequency- the NMBP frequency 151.625MHz. It is also suggested that you request a CTCSS of 107.2Hz. This has become the standard CTCSS for all NMBP who use CTCSS. For more details on CTCSS, please go to the radio terms.
Channel two: Choose an additional frequency (at the time of purchase). If you do not have another frequency that you intend to use, ask for it to be programmed for "receive only" on the weather frequency.
Channels 3-16: Program for the frequencies that your local Land Managers use, if they permit you to do so.
- HM 131L, Remote Speaker/mic (allows the radio to reside inside your CamelBak, even during use): $32.90
- BP 209, Replacement / Spare Battery: $45.90
- BC146, Replacement Charger: $36.90
- MB74, heavy duty metal belt clip to replace the plastic one that ships with the unit. This is required if you are clipping this radio to a belt or strap instead of securing unit in your CamelBak or other pack. Cost is $8.90.
Order form to be emailed or faxed in (MS Word format) (pdf format)
General Radio Terms That You Might Find Helpful To Know
Channel: The general term for frequency, or it signifies a preset frequency on a multi-channel radio.
CTCSS: Continuous Tone-Controlled Squelch System. This is a privacy feature which enables only other radios with the same CTCSS (as well as the same frequency) to communicate with each other. If you program the units for CTCSS and another individual has a radio programmed to the NMBP frequency (which is legal, as it is a shared frequency), they would not hear your conversation, nor would you be able to hear theirs. If all NMBP radios were to use a standard CTCSS 107.2, patrollers would be able to communicate with each other without hearing unrelated radio conversations. Another advantage to CTCSS is that the radio will not be constantly passing white noise or static (a.k.a. non squelch) through the speaker. The radio will be completely silent until another member on your frequency and CTCSS transmits.
Frequency: The number of times a wave repeats itself in a second.
Repeater: Is a radio device typically located at a remote, elevated location, such as a tower or tall building top. The function of this device is to receive a radio signal from somewhere on the ground (within it's range) and retransmit the signal back out with more power, thus enabling radio users who are not close enough to communicate directly with each other to communicate over greater distances. Although the use of a repeater is desirable, the monthly cost for this service is most likely out of reach for most patrols (repeater cost run between $200 - $1000 per month).
UHF: Ultra High Frequency. Typically 400 MHz to 500 MHz in the two-way radio industry.
VHF: Very High Frequency. Typically 150 MHz to 160 MHz in the two-way radio industry.
Watts: Radio output or transmit power is measured in Watts. The more watts a radio puts out, the further the signal will travel. But as the power output increases, so does the battery consumption. Think of watts as horsepower.