Icom Radios - USA vs Japan versions

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by PU2KEH, Sep 14, 2021.

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  1. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, there is the answer, he should tell his brother to get a North America export version.
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  2. UT7UX

    UT7UX Ham Member QRZ Page

    As far as I know Japanese radios cannot be 'opened' (that is known as 'MARS mod' in the US) just like @HB9PJT said so they will probably stuck with Japanese bandplan whatever you do:

    7.000MHz ~ 7.200MHz
    10.100MHz ~ 10.150MHz
    14.000MHz ~ 14.350MHz
    18.068MHz ~ 18.168MHz
    21.000MHz ~ 21.450MHz
    24.890MHz ~ 24.990MHz
    28.000MHz ~ 29.700MHz
    50.000MHz ~ 54.000MHz


    Note there are at least two different radios (price is probably the same): IC-7610 (100W) and IC-7610M (50W). Other radios may have three versions: 20W, 50W, and 100W. Same with other brands/models (version designation may vary so be careful with every particular model).
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  3. KT1F

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    Fun irrelevant fact. The FM broadcast band in Japan is 76 to 90 MHz. New Zealand imports lots of used cars from Japan. The steering wheel is on the right side for both meanings of the word. NZ band uses 88 to 108. Converters are available but it's probably no coincidence that one of the first FM stations in Auckland was on 89.
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  4. WB2WIK

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    I've visited Akihabara twice over the years, but not recently. Last time was around 2011 or something.

    Their prices on Japanese ham rigs were not lower than they are here in the States; in fact, some were higher than here in the States. However, they sell a ton of stuff that isn't even on the market here in the States.

    One thing that really surprised me is they must have a dozen different models of 1.2 GHz hand-held transceivers. At the time, there was maybe one (or maybe zero) such things on the market here, at all.
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  5. JS6UEY

    JS6UEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bumping this as it is easily overlooked
  6. PU2KEH

    PU2KEH XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks a lot for helping me guys. Got plenty information on this.
    First of all, I'll tell to my brother check the availability of export versions on stores. With this checked, the acquisition should have no problem.
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