Icom IC-7100

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by KD8UEI, Jun 13, 2019.

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  1. KD8UEI

    KD8UEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am researching getting another radio to back up my Yaseau FT-991 (not "a" version). Who am I kidding, I just want a new toy to play with as my 991 performs flawlessly. Anyway, I am considering the Icom IC-7100. Like the 991, the 7100 is a shack in a box which I have grown to love.

    I am aware of reports of low SSB output power, and I would prefer not to rehash that here. I have resolved that issue to my satisfaction by reading a lot about it and listening to others

    My main question is: How is the receiver on the 7100? I can't find it in the Sherwood ranking.
  2. N8FVJ

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    The IC-7100 is 54 on a list of 59 transceivers listed on QST reviews. The FT-991 has a better receiver and listed at 42 on the QST performance list. But, how much receiver do you need? You will not be contesting with the IC-7100. So, even at bottom of high performance receivers, the newer transceivers are superior to lower cost transceivers manufactured 30-40 years ago. Performance is similar to a Yaesu FT-450D.
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  3. KE0LHX

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    I have a 7100 and I like it, I mostly use it on 2m. It has DStar which I use , it is ok as a second radio
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  4. KE0LHX

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    I have a 7100 and I like it, I mostly use it on 2m. It has DStar which I use , it is ok as a second radio
  5. KD8UEI

    KD8UEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Can you give me a citation to that ranking? I'd like to look at that list.
  6. KD8UEI

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    I like the 7100 because it is an all-band radio. I know that is not everyone's cup of tea, but I like it. The problem I'm having and why I don't just go out and buy the 7100 is that there are quite a few people pushing me to buy an IC-7300 mainly because of the receiver. And now that the IC-7300 is within $200 of the IC-7100, I'm thoroughly uncertain.

    There are several reasons why I don't want the IC-7300 even though I have no doubt that it is an excellent radio. The main reason is that it is HF and 6 m only. Also, I don't really like the fact that it is an SDR. SDRs kind of destroy my notion of what a radio is. I guess I'm an analog man living in a digital world. (And, yes, I know that the IC-7100 has DSP.)
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  7. K7GQ

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    DJ0IP provides a good starting point here for the several review lists here, and is worth your while reading.

    PA1HR has accumulated the ARRL late results over the years here (note the change in testing methodology in 2007).

    NC0B has also tested transceiver performance over the years and maintains possibly the highest-regarded list here.
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  8. K3DBI

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    I love my 7100, especially because of the ergonomics, such a convenient radio to use. The performance on VHF/UHF FM (and SSB) is as good as any mobile rig that I've tried. Just like any shack in the box it might be a compromise, but it's a jack of all trades. I think better on VHF/UHF, than HF but the filters and NR work great. User interface is great. It's like a 7300 only monochrome.
  9. VK3TEX

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    I have both the 7100 and the 7300 and like them both. The 7100 sits in my Toyota Landcruiser as a mobile and does a very good job, with
    The head of the unit and body separated it makes a great mobile solution.
    The 7300 is very much more of a base station entry level rig and has a superior scope which may be important to you...But no VHF/UHF....

    Their receivers and transmitters very similar however the 7100 comes stock with a terrible quality stock microphone...
    I did the capacitor and link mods on the 7100 with little success. No real improvement. Then i ordered the quality HMM Heil hand mic
    to suit ICOM radio's. 100% improvement. Heaps better modulation and crystal clear audio, not muffled as before.
    It makes the 7100 shine on transmit now. Just a small amount of compression and it sounds brilliant.
    The 7100 also has Dstar and DV mode if that's something you would like to play with...

    Just a word of caution. The 7100 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY if you have done the capacitor mod on it with ANY ICOM external ATU units.
    Being the AH 740 and the AH4. I had to remove the capacitor mod for my AH740 to work with the 7100. This is not widely known, only by some
    like me who have wasted hours trying to figure out why our brand new AH740 was not working with the 7100....(But it did work with the 7300, no mod in that!!)

    On a final note, i was sceptical of the ICOM SDR radios as well... Until i bought the 7300. What a wonderful radio...ICOM have done a fabulous job with it.
    Very well thought out radio. I also have the 7610 in my shack now and its excellent too, sold my Kenwood TS 990 and the 7610 has all the things that were lacking
    in the 990 except for internal power supply and 200 watts. Didn't need the extra power as i have an amp anyway...
  10. VK5OM

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    Hi guys, noticed when using FT8, cannot get the full 3 Khz spread on my waterfall. After fiddling with the filters, the best available is 1.2k. Is there a way to turn off the RX filters?

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