Icom IC-705 Price Is Icom targeting the KX2 Market?

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  1. OH8STN

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  2. K0GMK

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    And the CommRadio CTX-10...
     
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  3. KN4DQE

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    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!
     
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  4. OH8STN

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    No problem. I wish I had more information.
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
  5. WB8LBZ

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    You can expect the USB cable to have similar features as the 9700, 7300, 7610, 7100 ... that is a built in sound card and serial port for control of the radio. All of the recent radios have this feature. I can hook up a radio for JS8 with only the USB cable.

    73, Larry WB8LBZ
    El Paso, TX
     
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  6. 2E0TWD

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    875GBP unfortunately it doesn’t work like that here. I think we will see it at 1100GBP or thereabouts. We don’t have the title “RIP off Britain” for nothing.
     
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  7. OH8STN

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    Good stuff Larry. This functionality is exactly the reason I hadn't pulled the trigger on other man-portable radios. Elecraft, Xiegu, Yaesu, ...
    I'm seriously looking forward to the 705.
     
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  8. OH8STN

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  9. OH8STN

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    Yeah, I'm sure. When traveling between Germany and GB I would compare prices for equipment. The GB price was disproportionately higher than DE.

    I also hope the price won't be artificially inflated by the resellers at the launch of this radio. They did that with the FT-818, which was a travesty.
     
  10. KK6QMS

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    I love my KX2 but this Icom is compelling. The KX2 is clunky as hell to connect for digital modes. The Icom has USB, BT, GPS, and that great waterfall/SDR display. Wonder what the current draw on the Icom will be? No tuner in the 705. I find the tuner in the KX2 to be useful even though I strive for resonant/low SWR antennas. 705 has 2m/440 which is awesome. Lot's to compare and consider.
    One last and important thing- support. Elecraft support is awesome. I asked about a way to dim the light and they sent me schematic and info on how it could be done. Never asked me for receipt etc. Access to the folks who are actually designing the radio is hard to beat. I have no experience with Icom support but have heard it is less than stellar.
     
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