10 Ways the ICOM 7300 Has Impacted Ham Radio — 5 Years Out

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K8QS, Sep 29, 2020.

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  1. K8QS

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    A video review of the impact of the highly successful ICOM 7300 now 5 years after it was introduced at Tokyo Ham Fair 2015. The latest episode of "Ham Radio Perspectives."

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  2. PU2OZT

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    Let me guess, not having watched your analysis, yet...
    #1 When a commercial antenna is hooked to the rig, all shacks now look like they were cloned.
    #2 A whole generation of radio-amateurs now forget that hobby's magic was not necessarily about watching a screen.
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  3. K8QS

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    Good guesses. Sounds like you also might want to view our video on the history of HF rig design, including classic vs. cloned visual design. Here's the link on that one, in which we do say some things about ICOM design and the 7300.

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  4. KC2RGW

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    Just getting into AM and learning vintage rigs and their history and it is kind of a shame how similar everything is becoming...though the leap in technology is pretty incredible.
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  5. K5EMG

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    For me the IC-7300 greatest thing is the visual scope. I can see how much activity is on the bands in just one look, and it showed me that really there’s s a lot of activity on the bands and HF is far from being dead.
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  6. K8QS

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    Yes, imagine yourself as a visual designer. How do you make a rig and a brand distinct without merely tweaking existing designs? We users want rigs to look like rigs, too, not so much as appliances or works of art. Yet some of the classic designers like Hallicrafters and Collins did create some amazingly distinctly and classic looks. Q
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  7. K8QS

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    The scope is nice, but of course no longer a very distinctive feature. And the scope is small on the 7300. I use the N1MM logging software to project the scope on a larger screen. Maybe that's my age/vision. Q
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  8. K5EMG

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    You can limit the band edges and it’s more useful, a brief touch on the area in the scope with activity jumps directly into that frequency. For me as a visual person it’s very useful. I don’t have to “waste” time going up and down through the band looking for activity.
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  9. GI0AQD

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    Thats half the fun of ham radio looking for stations on the bands, but whatever works for you go for it, if you looking at a scope you may miss that little q r p station way down in the mud, 73s.
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  10. K5EMG

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    I do manually scan bands regularly looking for stations and other “signals”, but a scope is another tool and a good one for seeing band openings.

    Amateur radio is a little science, lots of experience, good tools and not always pay attention to the band opening reports. My best contacts were made in the most crazy conditions.
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