Product Review - The ICOM IC-7000

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  1. KA0SAB

    KA0SAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes there is a way to use the SWR Meter..

    Put the radio in the cw or rtty mode and key the mike.

    I have not tried it on 2m or 440m.

    I run a tm700 for that use in my mobile along with the 7000.

    So far I like this radio very Well, I find that the more I play with it the more I am finding how to use it and all the filters.
    I really like the fact I can adjust everything out I don't want to hear.
    As far as ford problem with noise, it can be taken care of with torroids on the injector lines and fuel pump power lines.
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  2. K8TL

    K8TL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Got it for Field day, I do mobile mostly CW.  Was disappointed to see that it doesn't use the almost standard six pin power connector!  Both vehicles are wired with the other connectors.  Now looking for a inline female to adapt with out rewiring. Pulling wire in these new vehicles is a real pain.

    The band scope generates RFI that reminds me of the old WoodPecker.  
    It gets aroung the noise better than the IC-756ProIII.  I could copy the VQ9 on 160 with both but copy was easier on the IC-7000!!!
    Up grade from the 706 mainly for the built in memory keyer, I had been using an external memory keyer for field day.  The SWR graph is neat for mobile and portable, would be nice on the 756!!!  Tom K8TL
     
  3. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    In Michigan it is illegal to have anything that recieves broadcast TV or video in the front seat of a vehicle while it is in motion. DVD players for dash mount must have a park sensor in them so the screen can only be turned on when the vehicle is in park.

    There may also be a federal law pertaining to this as well.

    73,

    K8MHZ
     
  4. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    "I just worked a guy on CW who was running a new Icom IC-7000. His CW tone was VERY "hard" sounding. I do not know if this was just his rig or not."

    I may have heard your QSO!  I am not sure, I think it was 7.248.  But the guy was talking about his new 7000 and I thought it sounded as you said.  He got a good signal report, and the person he was talking to said the 7000 sounded good, but I thought it sounded loud and tinny.  'Hard' was a good way to describe it.

    I almost forgot about this until I saw your post.

    K8MHZ
     
  5. W4DID

    W4DID XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I received my IC 7000 on Dec. 20, 2005 and installed it in my 2004 Dodge Quad Cab 1500 pickup. We left on a 1500 mile round-trip down south for christmas two days later. I have the radio down in a lower compartment and the control head up on the dash. I use the 7000 to drive an SG-500 amp running 500 watts on hf to a Tarheel Screwdriver on the left rear. My first trip with the new radio was most enjoyable. With the background on the control head set to black and the font size set to large with white lettering, I did not have any trouble with sunlight like I did with my old 706 MK II G. Screen readable at all times. (without my reading glasses) The noise blanker is much better than the 706 MKIIG also. I use the Heil Traveler headset plugged into the radio down below for longer hf contacts and the vox on for hands free operation, and the hand mic plugged into the control head I use for shorter vhf or uhf repeater work. With a Diamond dualband antenna on the left front fender, I used repeaters all along our trip on vhf & uhf. The hf side was really enjoyable also. I was able to work back to Wisconsin on 75 & 40 mtrs ssb and sitting in a parking lot of a motel in West Virginia at 9 am eastern time last Saturday, I worked two guys in London England on 17 mtr ssb easily. This radio to me is a miniture version of my 756 Pro III & PW-1 at home. I agree a usb port (especially for programing uhf & vhf repeaters) would be very handy. I spent a lot of time programming approximately 100 repeaters in it ONE AT A TIME !! The scales on the screen are very visable and the swr scale works great on hf. I have not noticed if the swr scale is active on uhf & vhf. In most if not all states, having a tv screen viewable to the driver is illegal, but the funny part is a lot of vehicles now have gps screens viewable to the driver so I guess I don't see the difference. But, I am not interested in watching tv at 70 mph anyway! I cannot find anything about the radio sofar that is a real negative. It will be interesting to watch the feedback for the next year or so. 73, Ralph
     
  6. K0IRL

    K0IRL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm curious about your comment about Kenwood and how they are "behind the curve" with respect to technology. I own a TS440SAT and have loved it. Even as a used rig, it has been a great radio. I'm considering the TS480HX (love the autotuner - that's what I love about the current KW rig). Is there any reason I shouldn't buy that radio?

    Chris,
    k0irl
     
  7. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, other than the fact that the HX version doesn't have the tuner in it (the SAT version does), no. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. WB4DX

    WB4DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have owned all three versions of 706, and all had terrible vhf / uhf receivers, full of intermod and front end overload, it was like running an ht on a mobile antenna.
    I think 3 strikes and Icom is out for me with this style of rig, they are too pricey (even more so now with the 7000) to gamble with. I do own an IC 208H which has an excellent receiver so what went wrong with the 706's?
    Who knows, but without some sort of trial period, I don't think I want to go through those headaches again.

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  9. K3EY

    K3EY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Without being mean, nasty or offensive I'd say Fred’s observation is dead on center. Look at what Kenwood offers the amateur community and then look to Icom and Yaesu, it's that simple. Fred didn't mean your 440, and by the way I owned myself for 7 straight years and loved it, he didn't mean your radio is junk. Kenwood chooses not use today’s technology in its amateur radio products for reasons they obviously believe is good business sense. The amateur community is small compared to Kenwood’s true market reach and they probably feel it's not worth the cost of keeping up with the other manufactures given the returns they receive for the investment, and they don’t HAVE TO. It’s business, just business. An old Kenwood HF rig still receives as good as the rest of the heap and no one can discount that fact, which Fred wasn't doing.
     
  10. KC5UN

    KC5UN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah, I wish they'd included an autotuner in the '7000, even if it made the box a little bigger. I plan to mount the face remotely, so a few extra centimeters is of no consequence in the trunk or under the seat.

    I'd swapped my ol' '706 for a '703 in the car just to try it out right after I bought it. Thought I'd keep it there for a few days; however, I liked the tuner (and the receiver) in the '703 so much I left it in the car rather than putting the '706 back. That was two years ago. Having 100w available is attractive with propagation being what it is, so I'll probably end up giving the '7000 a try (with an outboard LDG tuner).

    Tom, KC5UN
     
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