ICOM IC-705: A slightly different perspective

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by OH8STN, Sep 24, 2019.

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  1. N0YPD

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    Love the radio,and video. Very well done,and I agree Icom knocked this one out of the park,as it looks so far.
     
  2. KE0EYJ

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    I think this rig is great, but as a former owner of an Icom 7300, I wouldn't be buying for anything but portable work. It's going to lack good electrical city noise filtering on 40m, which makes it a non-starter for me in the big city. Portable will be great, though.
     
  3. KA2TMU

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    Thanks for posting. I love my yaesu gear but I think Icom’s pass band tuning is easier to use.
     
  4. KM4CQG

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    It certainly has many features but will the receiver be better then the Elercraft KX3.
     
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  5. WA2LXB

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    Thanks Julian. Looking forward to another eval if you pick one up.

    These are personal perspectives, not statements of fact.

    PROs:
    • I'm an Icom 7300 fanboy, so this will be intuitive
    • Spectrum and audio displays with touchscreen is good for those of us with ADHD and panadapters always help to hunt signals. I find myself staring at it the most for AM and RTTY. It can also be used to read CW on a frequency that you are not on as the dits and dahs go by
    • 3 filters + preamp + attenuator + autonotch + NB + NR
    • If your phone can be a bluetooth hotspot for DSTAR, that opens up a lot of options...I'm ignorant in this area
    • 13 bands
    • GPS
    • AM broadcast, FM broadcast, Aircraft band
    • Single USB for digital...groovy

    CONs:
    • I always want the option for 100 watts when portable
    • With 13 bands I want an onboard autotuner for HF, although for QRP I'd probably use one of the QRP Guys tuners
    • No clue what it's receive milliamp draw is especially with GPS on
    • 2M & Aircraft but no WX band?
    • No clue how good its ears are
    • No clue what it weighs
    • The 7300 will not be amused
     
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  6. G3SEA

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    Whatever it lacks this little Gem makes up and more in so many areas :cool:

    G3SEA/KH6
     
  7. K3SSB

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    Everything old is new again... looks like a 1950 table radio. ;)
     
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  8. VE3MAL

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    With it's "short box" form factor, it would be interesting to see if any of the existing screws could be utilized for a custom 3d-printed "extension" box on the back that could house the rpi, qrp tuner, and/or external battery. That would be interesting to be able to custom add-in whatever you deem missing, while ending up with the traditional HF radio shape/form-factor, and zero wire mess.
     
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  9. W5UAA

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    It has Dstar in it? Too bad. I don't do Dstar. Since I don't do Dstar, I can't buy it. (Edit, or I should say, I'm not going to buy it.)
     
  10. NA3P

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    This radio is definitely on my wish list.
     

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