Icom launch innovative IC-R8600 wideband communication receiver

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by G4TUT, Oct 11, 2017.

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  1. KG6UDW

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    Impressed by SDR tech innovation's march forward. Cost is not to bad considering what this beautiful wonder of electronics will deliver WOW "Kenwood 990 watch your back".
  2. KK5JY

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    The newer bands (e.g., 630m, 2200m) are locked out because there are no LPFs in the transmitter section for those bands. Even if they enable TX on those bands through software, the output still won't be street legal because of the unfiltered spurs.

    Radios with a transverter output (e.g., K3, TS-590) can probably add the low bands through software, since the transverter output would have to go through an outboard amplifier to be usable, and at that point, the elimination of spurs becomes "not their problem" anymore.
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  3. KG5RZ

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    The VAT of 20% is included in the price. $2499 +20% tax is $3120ish. Just about what price in Pounds converts to in USD.
  4. W5IQJ

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    Aside from all the technical innovations and spectacular performance features, this radio is still priced too high. While I think Icom builds good equipment, they seem to be bent on making radios more and more expensive as they cram more features into a unit (which most users will probably never use). One thing that's a turn-off for me with this radio is the lack of a built-in AC power supply. My R-71A has the power supply built in, which make it a lot more convenient. Instead with this radio, I've got to keep track of another "wall wart" or a desktop power adapter which just makes for more clutter, if I want to use it in a fixed station environment.

    Icom needs to offer a simpler SW receiver with fewer "bells and whistles" which gives good basic performance without the high price tag. Feature-rich technology features should be driving the price down, not up. This radio is an example of Icom making a radio with an almost unlimited number of features just because they can! Another person posted a comment of what is there to listen to on SW these days? That's a good question!
  5. N4GKS

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    Best looking rigs ever made. In my opinion.
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  6. W5IQJ

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    What I would like to see is a modernized Collins S-Line. Collins got it right with the industrial design on those rigs. Someone once said Art Collins wanted it to look like a fine camera in the styling. A modernized KWM-2 would be a big winner as long as it didn't go overboard with more-than-needed expensive/unnecessary features.

    Back to the Icom thread, Icom should consider making a receiver (or maybe even a transceiver as well) with multiple optional features (e.g spectrum scope, expandable frequency coverage for VHF/UHF/SHF, multiple VFO's, etc.) to allow users to tailor the rig for their needs and preferences, rather than the approach of one rig "does it all". That way you only have to pay for what you want/need.
  7. KK5JY

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    Given how many different SDR receivers there are these days, I'm surprised there aren't more transmitter options just like you describe.
  8. KK5JY

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    This is a great idea.

    Interestingly, what I see in other industries is the opposite. I can buy all kinds of cars, from teeny-tiny rice burners to great big trucks and SUVs, often from the same manufacturer. The performance difference between the two extremes is substantial, but they all have an MP3 player and a Bluetooth connection. ;) I wish I could buy a vehicle where the performance and the "junk features" were priced separately.
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  9. NL7W

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    It does NOT appear to track trunked P25 Phase I and II networks.
    That's a large downside... especially for government users such as myself.
  10. NH7RO

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    Mary; 2499 Pounds Sterling is a lot more than $2499...

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