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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KI6NAZ, Sep 5, 2020.

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  1. KI6NAZ

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    I'm going hands on with the IC-705, walking through many of its features. This is a very long video. The video description includes chapter markers for different features you might be interested.

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  2. K0UO

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    It's an interesting radio and has a bigger radio feel, the waterfall scope works very well, with a nice large screen.
    Icom did a great job of engineering and researching what was needed in a SDR QRP radio, HF to 50/144/430 MHz, with D-STAR DV, SSB, CW, AM and FM modes. It receives continuously .30kHz AM broadcast band to 144 MHz band with FM broadcast and air band AM and a built-in GPS. But all "We" will hear about is, It does not have an antenna tuner! There's no other SDR direct sampling QRP transceiver (The G90 is HF only and I don't believe direct sampling) there's no other QRP rig that has everything this rig has stuffed into it.

    Every rig should have a Built-in Bluetooth and wireless LAN like the 705 has.

    I like to try most of the new radios but
    I'm just not a QRP guy!
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2020
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  3. ZS1SBW

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    Best IC705 demo to date, thank you. ZS1SBW
  4. KC5HWB

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    The tripod mount on the bottom is the icing on the cake!
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  5. K0EFW

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    Very nice rig. Most people won't be buying this because of the current price. I only choose cheaper options and am trying to spend as little as possible when it comes to HF. Very cool rig though!
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  6. KI4POT

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    For *my* needs, I don't need a lot of that, but I do want a tuner. I can live with resonant antennas or external tuners if the radio in question is lightweight or weatherproof or small. A non-Chinese G90 is more in line with what I'd like. Until then, I'll stick with my 817nd.

    That said, I'm very happy at the growing list of QRP radios. When I bought my 817, the only other choice was the Icom 706mkII, which was kind of hard to find at the time. Now I can think of 6 solid SSB-capable rigs, several that are reportedly usable, and an equal number of CW-only trail-friendly radios. That doesn't include the various kits. Now is a great time if you're into portable QRP.

  7. NN6D

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    all other icom HT's don't have to be held sideways

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  8. KI6NAZ

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    This is a fantastic point!
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  9. N6SPP

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    Thnx for the video... XFC: (On most Icom hf rigs for the last 25 yrs) Primary function- hold down to adjust your TX Freq&mode (vfo A/B) during split operation. Compression (speech proc)= turn on for ssb voice Qs. This gives you more punch. Adjust alc/mic gain to keep your audio clean. Icom waterfall brightness: scope-menu "grid level" adjustment... Quick fix- If you see more noise in the waterfall as you change to a lower band, add 10 or 20dB of scope attenuation. AGC: For ssb use slow (or auto). This slows down the receiver's recovery, and will 'smooth-out' the incoming voice signals. Ref SWL: The 705 likely makes a very good sw rcvr. Look for Utility hf stations from 2-26MHz in USB mode in between the ham bands as well.. MF: WSPR decode on 475 KHz- "Place your antenna tuner in bypass" (for max noise) and receive overnight...Note-For the guys that want an integrated 100 watt PA- Get the new FT-867;)... 73, Eric
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2020
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  10. K7ZOV

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    Looks like a very good radio. But after 3 decades of one form or another using QRP radios in the field camping, RVing, travel for business, parks, picnics and more, I have a good feel to what works for me and what does not. Price wise this is way to expensive for my needs and my limited income. VHF/UHF is nice, but as I found with my few Ft-817's over the decades a good HT like a TH-6F does the job every time. However the number one killer is no internal ATU. Yes I have used resonate antenna many times over the past 30+yrs. They work the best...but it is a so what if they can't be put up and uses, whereas a wire in a tree going into match box or 4:1 balun and using a internal ATU also works and works well. So even though I have the IC-7300 and IC-9700 and love the idea of a sexy radio that looks like it's big brothers, the cost and no ATU were both deal killers. I have since gotten a awesome killer radio called a Xeigu G90 at 1/3 the cost, built it ATU that can hold it's own against the ones in a KX2 and KX3 and T-1 and 20 watts to boot. Sorry Icom. You blew it big time with me this time, and based on many other posting for this radio I am not the only one who thinks this toy is for people with deep pocket and have a serious OCD when it comes to a resonate antenna. The ATU, if people like to hear it or not, not being in the radio really is a major deal breaker if you want to believe it or not.
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