ICOM IC-7300 Review and Full Walk Through

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by VA2PV, Oct 27, 2019.

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  1. WW2PT

    WW2PT Ham Member QRZ Page

    In many ways, yes. The TS-440S was a game changer when it came out in 1986. If I remember correctly, it was the first radio in its class to have an internal automatic ATU, direct keypad frequency entry, and 100 memory channels. Not such a big deal today, but back then these features were new to most amateurs. The TS-440SAT was my first 100w radio digital readout transceiver and I loved it! Sadly, the dots appeared on the radio within the first year. After the second trip to Kenwood service, I sold it and upgraded to a TS-930.

    Today, the IC-7300 has set the bar for entry-level HF rigs in the same way Kenwood did 34 years ago. It wouldn’t be my choice as it is missing several indispensable (to me) features that I rely on, but then Icom isn’t targeting me with this rig—the 7700 would be more up my alley if I were inclined to trade my K3 for an Icom (not that I ever would). But if I were just starting out and didn’t want to go QRP, the 7300 is a lot of bang for the bucks. Even though I joke around by calling it the “Fischer-Price IC-7300,” I do give Icom a hat-tip for bringing it to market.
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  2. W4HM

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    IMO as one who has owned two and they are great rigs but I would only pay $900 max. The 2 kHz IMD is 75 db . The IC-7600 78 db. 2 kHz IMD is an important thing to me but not for all.
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  3. KE4RPX

    KE4RPX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for making this review available. I just purchased this radio and your explanation is exactly what is so very helpful to me. Much appreciated.
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  4. K4FMH

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    Thank you for this review, Pascal! Many reviews are published so very quickly that it’s a good thing to keep them coming out. There’s been at least new firmware update over the rig’s lifespan, no? I recall how such a firmware update for the Kenwood TS-590s made a significant change in reviews for that very popular HF rig. So glad tosee the videos of your shack and it’s evolution. 73, Frank
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  5. VA2PV

    VA2PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Stephen, there's another thing to consider. This is my hobby and I don't want another job, I already have a good demanding one. ;-) So I review the products I want and I film my ham radio projects that I would normally do anyway. Yes, I can get a loan radio for a review, that's not a problem, but the review would not be the same if I'm not excited about the product. That's the reason why I'm always so positive about the things I review, it's because I choose wisely according to what I really want. I got the IC-7300 to use it as my carry around rig for reviews and it also looks so good beside the IC-9700, hihi. For me learning a radio has to be a fun process, not work. 73 Pascal VA2PV
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  6. VA2PV

    VA2PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    The TS-2000 was probably the best-seller of all time and a great radio, it was on the market for almost 20 years, they sold so much of these. In the past 10 years I saw many TS-2000 for sale at every hamfest. In the same trend, the popularity of the IC-7300 make the rig statistically very common. Also, I know many hams that just like to change rig, the buy, swap and sale constantly. The IC-7300 being so common, it's just normal. Plus, some ham had to resale the impulsive buying because their wives didn't approve, hihi. Many also upgraded to the IC-7610, I know at least 3 local hams who did in the past two months and they sold their IC-7300. 73 Pascal VA2PV
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  7. VA2PV

    VA2PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you all for all the comments, I can see that the interest is still there. For those who have a 4k smart TV, keep in mind that all my videos are in 4k resolution and they look great on my 70' 4k TV, you never saw an IC-7300 that close before. 73 Pascal VA2PV
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  8. K8JHR

    K8JHR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Pascal does not generally present what I a true review. He does product demonstrations - and is rather good at it.

    But, to me, a review is so much more - it involves testing, comparisons with other rigs, and presents a critical analysis of ergonomics and performance. Check out actual product reviews by qualified sources all over the Internet to realize the difference between an review and a product demonstration. ARRL, DP Review, Sherwood Engineering, DX Optics, for examples.

    All Pascal ever says is, "this is really cool" or something similar. A true review does more than press all the buttons or run through the MENU system saying to "press this to do that." I know some hams like these demonstrations, and that is OK - it does showcase the product - but it is not a review and buying every new rig just to do a demo video seems wasteful. Rig after rig is presented as "great" - but it does not stay in the shack for long - soon to be replaced by the next new rig - which won't last long either - and on and on - seems more boastful than informative. He is a likeable guy - but he does not have show off everything he buys - like "Show-n-Tell" in grade school (which my teacher mom called "Bring-n-Brag.") Besides, I can read the User Manual and determine how it works with greater clarity and accuracy.

    Of course, this is JUST MY TAKE and your mileage may vary, and I am OK with that. I am sure someone will take this personally and flame me for daring to criticize. (He typed, donning his flame proof Teflon Suit.) JR
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  9. KD2KIQ

    KD2KIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great timing for a review on this rig. I’ve been interested in buying one for a while.
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  10. N2NOW

    N2NOW Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Really, every one (of these 7300s) I have heard on air sound great (even with just the stock mic).
    Still on the fence between IC-7300 (HRO on-sale $1024.95/$924 after mail-in - great price$$$) or the FT-DX3000($1419.95)?
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