Has anyone gotten a good taste of the Icom V8000? How is the receive? I was disapointed with my IC 2100H's front end overload/intermod troubles.
Does the rig scan faster than the 2100?(Memory channels and VFO) Looks like it would double as a good scanner for VHF.
I purchased one about five months ago. Terrific radio, excellent features, great power and performance. The receiver is pretty hot, too. Tough as nails, and is the best 2-meter only rig I've seen. Would be nice if they gave it more modes than FM phone, but oh well. Buy it, you'll like it.
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I just got mine several weeks back... My only complaint is that it does not have a 50watt power selection.. it's 75/25/10/5.
I have testing it in my vehicle at 75 watts on a diamond HV7A antenna, as well as a 5/8 wave workman mag mount antenna and it performs outstanding.
Using it in the house on a 12~15 power supply.. I was forced to drop to 25 watts since my supply lacks the needed 15watt continuous duty needed... (thats why I wish I could run 50watt..)
Over all, this is an outstanding rig..
I have owned my IC-V8000 for about 6 months now,I can honestly say it's a terriffic rig, the 75 watts is a little exaggerated mine puts out 72 watts, anyway the receive is awesome, the audio quality from the front firing speaker is clear and loud.....audio feedback that I have had is clear & loud.
I have made contacs 500 miles plus from my QTH..the radio is very easy to program using the supplied HM 133 mike.....i LOVE my V8000, I use it for local ragchewing and IRLP work..awesome!
The only little drawback..when running on high power for extended periods the cooling fan can be a little noisy (minor drawback). I love my V8000...I just wished that Icom made the New IC-2720H alpha numeric.
anyway this was my 2 cents worth.
I just recently got into ham radio. My first radio was the Kenwood TM-G707A. A great little radio. No complaints here about that one. Well I had to buy another radio so I could use it while on the job, and it was a IC V8000. I programmed it and have not had any trouble with it, and all reports from others say its great. Its a great radio and I'll recommend it to any new ham operator as their first radio.
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I bought one about three weeks ago to run in only my car and would have to agree with all of the above comments. Quite a wonderful rig with so much power, the front firing speaker is great especially with a soft-top vehicle like mine. Plus its really compact and easy to use. Unbelievable value, I think mine was $179. Buy one!
i just bought a v8000 and the tx is great. the rx has some issues, though. it drops out every 5 seconds or so. not sure why but i'm sure i'll get it figured out.
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Was surprised to see this 2002 thread resurrected. Another 2 years and I'll be able to hang an antique license plate on my V-8000.
Watch the s meter. Sometimes a strong signal nearby on another freq will cause the rx to attenuate with only the s meter showing any sign of something going on.
Originally Posted by KF5ECR