Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WR3V, Dec 3, 2019.
I'd sure like to have one of these, but just cant justify the price. Now back to $1650. Ugh.
I tend to agree. It should be much closer to the price of the 7300.
That said, the D-STAR features might be part of the pricing problem. That could be a licensing issue that pushes up the price point in a way that Icom can't fully control.
The cross-band full-duplex and dual-receive capabilities probably also add some complexity that isn't present in the 7300.
D Star doesn't seem to make Icom mobiles or HTs any more costly. I guess the new has to wear off. How many folks paid $1500 for a 7300? Quite a few, I suspect.
The TS 2000 with 196 cost more in 1999 dollars and they sold a Ton of them
9700 is much better for VHF to 1296
the 9700 may look like a 7300 but it is not the some, much more radio in the the same size box for thew weak signal operator, the IC-9700 is an RF direct sampling receiver for 2m and 70cm. The IF receiver consists of a single, down conversion for 23cm that is between 311 – 371MHz. This design provides a quiet receiver due to Icom’s DSP technology. The robust PA provides 100W on 2m, 75W on 70cm, and 10W on 23cm.
All mode, tri-band transceiver covering the 144, 430/440 as well as 1200 MHz
Real-time, high-speed spectrum scope for the 144, 430/440, 1200 MHz bands
New PA provides a powerful 100W (144 Mhz), 75W (430/440 MHz) and 10W (1200 MHz) output
Dualwatch operation and full-duplex operation in the satellite mode
Follows Icom's center display design style with a 4.3 inch touch screen color TFT LCD
D-STAR provides digital clear audio and Internet capable communication
Smooth satellite operation with normal/reverse tracking and 99 satellite channels
Digital Data (DD) mode provides 128 kbps data communication
TS2000 did HF as well, though. If all I wanted was 2/440 all band I would buy a 7100 for $650 new. Just cant justify $1650, that's all.
IC-9700 is $1449 at HRO today.
Still too rich for my blood.
There is always somebody who can't afford the least expensive item. shrug.
Put your $650 in the sock drawer. Save $19.23 per week and next Christmas you can buy an IC-9700; Earlier if the price drops.
See how savings work?
ex. $1,000 /52 weeks = $19.23 per week savings required.
The 23cm functionality standard in the 9700 adds a lot of cost. If they omitted that, the cost to manufacture would drop by hundreds of dollars and the selling price drop by more than that.
Typical 23cm transverter, and the 9700 has one effectively built-in, is about $600. Like this one: http://q5signal.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=69&product_id=88
I don't think they're making much profit on that.