ICOM IC-705 Feature Walk-Through

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

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  1. WU3U

    WU3U Ham Member QRZ Page

    As people have pointed out, “it doesn’t come with a tuner“. My guess is that’s not the deal breaker because if you they changed the 705 to have a built in tuner and they raised the price by the cost of an internal tuner, those people would still be out, now “it’s too expensive”.

    There are many options for a tuner being that there is not one built in and yes I understand that these are external tuners and not internal tuners. My Ft-817 didn’t have a built in tuner so I bought the LDG Z-817 which included the cable. That tuner has also worked with every other low power radio that I’ve used it with and I expect it will work fine with the 705. Those things come up cheap on QRZ all the time at a reasonable price.

    They have sold tons of Elecraft KX-3’s that didn’t come with a tuner. You see those come up on QRZ all the time. They sold for much more than the 705 when new. There are probably just as many people that added the internal tuner option when they ordered their KX3 which adds about $220 to the price of that already pricy radio and people still bought them. The KX line is probably the second biggest selling QRP rig next to the FT-817/818. That’s still the biggest bang for your buck even without the tuner but it’s not an SDR with a waterfall, D-Star and a few other options.

    You can also build or buy the Elecraft T1 tuner which with work with the 705. Priced at $160-$190 depending of if you want to build it yourself of buy it prebuilt.

    Now these guys also have a dedicated tuner for the 705. https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/mtu-mat-705

    Face it, most of us are old fat guys and we’ll carry and extra bag of snacks for a day of portable operation but I have to question the guy that says he won’t carry a tuner weighs just 10 ounces and an extra cable that might weigh 3 ounces. The 705 will be a big seller for the people that want to spend the money and it will be lacking some feature for the guy that won’t.

    Just my two pennies.
     
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  2. K8XG

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    I don't need the vhf/uhf and D-star as I have a TH-D74 Kenwood HT in my Bag along with a FT-3D... and a G90 X radio at 20 watts and a water fall is still easier to put in a bag and get out farther with a ATU built in for a random antenna or dipole. Price a D74 plus a G90 radio that fit in the same bag...... Even better you can talk on 2m/440 while also on HF at the same time.. Not happening there with the 705
     
  3. K8XG

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    The 705 is what we called "Gun Jewelry" with firearms
     
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  4. WA2LXB

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    As a 7300 fanboy and DSTAR occasional user, that's my general opinion too (separate HF and VHF/UHF), but it's nice to have 10W and all mode on 144MHz/70cm and if you look at the Icom brochure there really is a lot going on with the 705. Like with the 7300, there are so many features that I still find new ones to try. For instance, I just set up the 7300 to scan 6M continuously when I get a sporadic E warning from DX Maps. All things considered, I drag my 7300 out for portable ops...not light weight but I know where everything is as it's also my main shack rig.
     
  5. KI6NAZ

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    Knowing what you are referring to, I could not disagree more.
     
  6. KI6NAZ

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    What does that mean though? How is the 817 considered “rugged”. Rugged as compared to what? The TX-500 is the only thing claiming to be even splash resistant. You’re going to protect your 817 (which don’t get me wrong is a workhorse) the same way you protect a KX2, KX3 or a 705.
     
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  7. KI4POT

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    I think he means physically. I've heard stories of large rocks falling on top of 817s during SOTA activations without damaging it. I've had mine for about 12 years without testing *that* capability, but it has lived a long life of knocking about in an unpadded pack.

    If Yaesu made an "819" that was waterproof, had an internal tuner, and all the capabilities of the 817/818, I'd probably sprain something getting my CC out. :D

    Chris
     
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  8. VE3IPS

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    Real hams will use the 40/20 linked dipole and thus no tuner required.

    Go back to the 50s and you will see everyone used a dipole

    The is Icom's best and biggest handheld
     
  9. KI4POT

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    <---Not a "real ham" because he uses 65' of wire on a chalk line reel and a small manual tuner

    Chris
     
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  10. N1IPU

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    I don't have a fancy logo or the need to defend manufacturers so I can continue to procure equipment but what I do have is real world experience, whether its flying in the bush or over water far from civilization or sailing singlehanded far from land I know what works and I can depend on. So far past surplus military radios the only rig that stands up is the 817. It takes a beating. I kept running an IC2 long past its due date until the vx series came out so that should give you and idea. Keeping it simple is the most important thing and toughness is second. Both those ideas are lost now in the community because bells and whistles lead the way over common sense. I don't care about running digital or having bluetooth when I really need to communicate and having a waterfall or touch screen is least of my worries. The 705 is a hobby radio and most will be sold not for what it is but who you can brag to about having one. That's pretty much about what the hobby is these days.
     
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