Icom IC-705 availability & off grid capability

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by OH8STN, May 20, 2020.

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  1. OH8STN

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  2. K3LI

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    Dont get the "off grid" thing. You can use batteries, you can use solar, you can use a water powered generator. Every thing you use to make the radio work is made "on grid". Energy that is used to make it work produced carbon and pollution and made on grid.
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  3. OH8STN

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    I guess you didn't watch the video. I use off-grid to refer to the radios ability to be powered and charged easily and quickly out in the field. As to your point, I can't control how manufacturers build the energy producing gear we use. However I can use that gear for years on end to create clean energy. This versus the few hours it took to put it together in a factory some place.
    Julian oh8stn
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  4. WB8LBZ

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    Careful Julian, you might become an Icom Guy. What would you do with your other radios? I think this will be a Barn Burner once it is out. Good video.

    73, Larry WB8LBZ
    El Paso, TX
  5. VE4MM

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    I am in Winnipeg and 100% of our Electric Power is HYDRO. No Pollution no fossil fuels.
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  6. G3SEA

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    That is one excellent radio ! :cool:
    However I would have liked to see just an HF version with Tuner.
    Most QRP/Low Power/SOTA folk enjoy the HF aspect.
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  7. AL6U

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    Internal tuner and 220 band also would be nice.
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  8. W4XDX

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    Ok so it's power consumption isn't as bad as I thought it would be. The assertion that elecraft needs to upgrade to similar specs I disagree with... But I thinks he's talking about the USB power situation and battery pack perhaps. My KX3 can operate round the clock here in virginia off solar and a 4ah bioenno but it is very energy aware. Good video and either way I think the icom radio looks like it will sell to the casual operator... Not sure it's energy consumption is exactly low enough to lure the hiking type.
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  9. K9RJ

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    Having Bluetooth plus the panadaptor is brilliant. Would like to see Bluetooth on other HF capable radios (e.g. FTDX101D, K4 etc.) As for comment about wanting an HF tuner, the T1 ATU from Elecraft would go well with the '705. Each of the alternative QRP rigs have pros & cons, but with all that is built-in to the '705, I would address the power use issue with a slightly larger LiFePO4 battery and solar panel. This is going to be a huge winner like the 7300.
    Last edited: May 22, 2020
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  10. AA3DP

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    Perfect radio,I wish radio with tuner like ICOM 703

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