View Full Version : Icom IC-2720H
09-28-2003, 01:56 AM
Ok, I've seen some bad reviews on the IC - 2720H, and I'm wondering if anyone has anything positive to say about it.
I've been looking at it and I like a few things about it. Such as the way the control head is arranged and the remote mount being standard instead of extra, and the fact that the mic plugs into the control head, not the main unit.
Are there any good qualities about this rig that people would be willing to share?
I have a local friend (only one!http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif who is a very experienced ham. Has the 2720 and likes it. Says maybe some don't read the book or learn how to use it. Just passing this on. TOM K8ERV
10-12-2003, 04:17 PM
I also have a friend with the 2720 and he really likes it. All he has is Icom rigs. He has no problems with it. Guess it just depends on what you like or don't like.
10-12-2003, 07:59 PM
I have the 2720 and am very happy with it.
Most problems I've seen on this and other boards can be resolved by reading the manual and following the troubleshooting guide.
Intermod was a problem with the plethora of paging systems in the Los Angeles area, but now that I've moved south, I'm not bothered by them any more.
Good radio. I'm very impressed by the performance. Only thing I could wish for is alpha tags.
10-23-2003, 05:29 AM
I was actually seriously considering the purchase of this rig for use in my car. Not to mention the fact that the price is extremely attractive, and that it comes with the separation kit is also very nice. I tried this radio at a local Ham Radio Store and was very pleased with its overall quality and performance. It will very likely be going in the car as soon as I have the money, which won't be for a while now.
10-24-2003, 02:01 AM
I have had an Icom 2720 for several months now and am happy with it. #It is currently filling in for a area repeater recieving a 444.9 signal from over 100 miles away and crossbanding on 146.88. #It has been in constant use as a repeater for some time and has been super. #I had trouble with the manual at first. #I think they tried to make it too simple. http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
11-16-2003, 01:30 AM
I'm very happy with mine. Yes the manual is in another language and is lacking some important info. The first thing to do is read it and then hook up the radio. Then do the reset and set the deviation to high. If the transmitt audio is still low look into the simple mic mod of opening the hole that may be blocked inside. My unit was fine. The reciever is very hot but the payback is intermod in the usual areas. You must remember this is not a $2,000.00 radio. Their are solutions available by settings on the radio (that others don't have) or aftermarket filters. It is designed as a remote mount radio. I use a Panavise mount that points the head directly at me and I can read it fine. All of the buttons light up which is important in a mobile. The mic can plug into the main unit if you want it to. I plug it into the head and the main unit is under the seat which also keeps the fan noise (not too bad) quiet. It is a true dual band radio and after using it for a while I enjoy the operation and features. The only concern I have is some have had the finals blow. I have heard locally there is a better part to replace it but I have not seen anything about it yet.
all problems i have seen is the finals burning up! My buddy just sent his to ICOM for that reason along with 1 other buddy of mine and EHAM has reviews showing mostly the same sounds scary to me but I dont see how reading the manual was at fault for these failures?
07-27-2004, 07:57 PM
After I had already bought the Icom IC-2720, I read the evaluations people had written. Some were good, many were bad.
I got the radio, tried it on the bench, it seemed to work, so I went to alot of trouble to remotely mount it and properly install it.
Well... I have to say it is the best radio I have ever owned. Very intuitive (I don't need the manual open in my lap to operate it), and it has every feature I've ever heard of (and some I haven't). It really is a true Dual bander. I haven't had a minutes trouble out of mine.
I usually listen to two different 2 meter repeaters at the same time. Or scan UHF and VHF while talking one one repeater. Or just put both sides on the same repeater for a stereo effect!
So if your looking for a good Dual bander, condsider that they may have the bugs worked out of the IC-2720.