New Icom Radio

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

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  1. KE0EYJ

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    Talk on da book of faces is that this rig will later attach to a full 100w amp extension, so you can use it as a QRO home machine, and detach for easy portable ops.
     
  2. KP4SX

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    Seems they are emulating the Elecraft platform. Nothing wrong with that. Its just not for everybody.
     
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  3. KE0EYJ

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    Someone out of China already mentioned on FB that a company there is preparing a 100w attachment. No word on if it's a company affiliated with ICOM, and no photos yet.

    Wouldn't surprise me.
     
  4. KI7HSB

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    IOW, Not every ham radio operator is looking for and demanding the latest and greatest whiz-bang that the state of the art has to offer... Some folks just want a known quantity, good quality, reliable product.

    Hello, Kenwood.
     
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  6. VK4HAT

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    Kenwood have exited VK and will likely do so in other small markets over the next 12 months. The writing is on the wall, innovate or perish. Currently the only one innovating is Icom, this new portable rig will take the sales of the ft817 and the sticker kit upgrade 818 and will also push into the elecraft portable territory also. I would not bank on kenwood remaining a player long term. There is more money for them in kitchen appliances than in ham radio.
     
  7. KP4SX

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  8. KE0EYJ

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    Problem is that it'll take up to 100w input. The new Icom radio only outputs up to 10w.
     
  9. W4NNF

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    That's not the real problem. Ten watts of drive would probably give you a respectable 100-watts or so. The problem will be how much they want for it. Historically, the amps sold by Icom, Kenwood and Yaesu haven't exactly been cheap. ;)
     
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  10. KE0EYJ

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    Amen to that! Especially with amps!
     
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