New Icom Radio

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KC9SWV, Aug 21, 2019.

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  1. KC9SWV

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    So, Icom just posted this on their Japanese page about 14 hours ago. Says it will be announced August 31st at Ham Fair 2019.

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    Any speculation about what it might be? I see the following markings in the picture:

    POWER
    VOX
    BK-IN
    DR
    CALL
    AF/RF/SQL
    TWIN PBT

    It appears to have a single VFO knob and a screen similar to the 7300/9700/ etc and a front facing speaker like the 7200.

    Based on having the DR button, I'd say it at least does 2/70. Based on the recent release of the 9700 and the relatively limited market for dedicated VHF+ all- modes, I can't help but think it might be an HF/6 radio also.

    Could this be the new SDR version of the Icom IC-7000?
     
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  2. WB2WIK

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    Icom, Isaw, Iconquered.
     
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  3. K4TTJ

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    slow day........in L.A. ?
     
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  4. W4ZD

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    I find it interesting that the Japanese companies appear to take ham radio so seriously. Since virtually every company is mostly concerned with the bottom line, it tells me it must be a revenue source for them. Why else to do it?

    I wonder why, therefore, the American ham radio industry appears so weak and anemic? Have we lost the ability to compete? Yes, yes, yes, there is Flex and Elecraft and a few others, but they strike me as being more niche oriented than mainstream. Just casual curiosity, what do I know? :)
     
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  5. WZ7U

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    Maybe the Japanese simply still give a crap on many levels.

    Unfortunately, I think our country is but a shell of its former self on many levels as well.
     
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  6. K8ERV

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    I think that line has been taken.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  7. KK6NOH

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    There's also the little advertisement blurb in the center. Be active? As in physically active? Perhaps this is some sort of new rugged HF rig meant to be used outdoors.
     
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  8. W2JKT

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    That's kinda what I am thinking. We'll see!
     
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  9. W4NNF

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    The "DR" means its a D-Star capable radio so VHF-UHF will no doubt be part of the package. But...they've already released a VHF-UHF desktop rig, so, yes, the logical guess is a replacement for the 7100 which had some problems, or the 7100, which never really took off, or the 9100, whose display looks awfully old-fashioned now. Maybe all three. ;)
     
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  10. W4NNF

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    The hordes of hams at the Elecraft booth admiring the K4, and similar numbers in the Flex booth in Huntsville are a darned good sign that after years of a dry spell U.S. amateur radio makers are on their way back. I'm afraid I don't understand your "niche" comment. You mean because they don't sell marine radios, or land-mobile radios or something as well as amateur gear?
     
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