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    Default icom 751 vs icom 751a

    Have a friend who as the ic 751 and i have the ic 751a. Curious what one is the better rig.
    thank you

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    I understand that there were several problems with the 751 that were fixed with the 751-A. Having said that, I have an old 751 and enjoy it very much.

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    Join Date
    May 2005
    Irvine, CA


    I have a 751 and its been good. Use it mainly as receiver as I'm still a tech. The main difference I've heard between the two was that the 751A came standard with a cw and I believe a ssb filter.


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    Default ICOM 751A Comparison

    Here's a Reprint of the Comparisons!

    The IC-751 and IC-751A are very different in a number of ways. There was a major redesign of the RF, IF and control boards in the transition from the IC-751 to the iC-751A. This brought about a significant improvement in the reliability of the 751A as compared to the 751.

    If you have a choice between the two, I would recommend that you go for the 751A rather than the 751.

    There are 3 versions of the 751A:
    1) Old logo/PBT, New logo/IF shift (easily modifiable to PBT)

    2) New logo/PBT (the final series prior to discontinuance in 1993.)

    Best 73, Adam VA7OJ/AB4OJ

    1) The Main board was the biggest difference between the 751 and the 751A. The seperate FM board on the 751 was incoropated in the main board of the 751A.
    2) The intermediate frequencies were changed in the last IF stage from 350khz in the 751 to back to 9.011 Mhz. in the 751A this improved the passband and notch features.

    I think that Patent dispute over the Icom radios in 1989 only involved the 4 conversion Icom radios that had PBT the IC-751A and IC-761 at that time.

    The IC-735 being a Triple Conversion Radio used a different Passband Tuning articiture and was allowed to still have their PBT during that legal dispute. Other nice features were added to the 751A to make it a truelly fine cw rig the FL-32A filter was standard and the built in keyer was added to the IC-751A not the Curtis Iambic A but it was a Microprocessor based Iambic B keyer in my opinion a much nicer keyer than the addon keyer for the 740, 745 and 735 which was a Curtis Iambic A chip.

    The remake IK2RND keyer for those above mentioned Icom radios that MTS's Scott sells uses the same chip as was used in the IC-751A's resident Keyer uses. I looked it up in the IC-751A's Service Manual. I hope that further answer some questions.

    Happy 20th Birthday IC-751A introduced April '86 just before our Expo 86 in Vancouver BC started in May of 86. Everyone that volunteer operated that station VE7EXPO wanted to try out that new State of the ART IC-751A.

    I used the 735 and operated CW I did get a chance to work a couple SSB contacts on that shiny new 751A I still like that Radio a lot I own 2 new Logo versions with PBT.

    The OLD Icom 751A Receiver Dynamic Range is comparable to the ICOM 756 PRO and Above Models!

    It has no DSP, but the receiever being so sensitive and Quiet doesn't need DSP, just turn the NOTCH on, and Notch the Band noise all together and you have a Radio!

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    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Barrie / On. Canada


    I use a complete Icom 751A station in my shack , it works amazing ! The receive is second to none , very quiet and transmit even with the handheld mic just seems to reach anyone . I use the rig itself with a set of HF whip antenna's that were $30. a piece or less and it talks everywhere without a problem . I was also told the 751A was redesigned to eliminate flaws in the first design I'd tell anyone to buy one of these......VE3FST

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    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    harms way


    The 751a is legendary as to outstanding performance at hf, the 751 is legendary as a relative dog.
    now with true viterbi decoder!

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    Here are the specs of both rigs side-by-side:,3159
    [URL=""] - Reference guide for amateur radio equipment[/URL]

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    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    VK5 - South Australia

    Smile Icom 751A


    I have owned my Icom 751A for many years and I am more than happy with the performance of this radio. It has never let me down and has been exceptionally reliable. I have a friend who owns the Icom 751 and I agree with the comments made above re the two radio`s. The standard HM-12 mic sounds excellent with punchy audio. I also use a SM-2 desk mic with mine and it is a very good combination. The 751a in my opinion lives up to its reputation.

    73 de VK5MRD

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    Thumbs down ERRORS IN THE LINK

    Quote Originally Posted by PH5E View Post
    Here are the specs of both rigs side-by-side:,3159,3159

    Excuse me but, the link above for the comparison incorrectly indicates that the Icom 751 has a 100W transmitter , when infant it has 200W.

    I hate it when some one portends accuracy and then publishes erroneous information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD8QBQ View Post,3159

    Excuse me but, the link above for the comparison incorrectly indicates that the Icom 751 has a 100W transmitter , when infant it has 200W.

    I hate it when some one portends accuracy and then publishes erroneous information.
    Have you got anything to back this up?
    I am the first to admin accuracy is essential, but, and all state the 751A does 100W.

    A user manual would be nice at this point, can anyone confirm either 100 or 200W?
    [URL=""] - Reference guide for amateur radio equipment[/URL]

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