Product Review - The ICOM IC-7000

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  1. NF0A

    NF0A Ham Member QRZ Page

    besides, I can`t justify spending that much with the income I get and sadly, these rigs are starting to become rich mens toys if not already... No thanks I got better things to do with my hard earned income...
     
  2. K7FE

    K7FE QRZ Lifetime Member #1 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Nice review Fred. Did Icom clear up the 706 receiver overload/distortion problem when using the noise blanker?

    Now give the 7000 a try in the car and let us know how it performs in the presence of CPU hash, ignition noise and transmitter RFI with the extender cable. I have two 706's for Mobil and portable work and may trade them in on a 7000 or two.

    73,
    Terry, K7FE
     
  3. w3mz

    w3mz Guest

    From what Fred has described after just 4 days, yeah, I would say it is worth twice as much as an 857D. I had one of those for 2 months. I also have an IC-756 and had an IC-735. No comparison, Icom makes a better radio. Mobile or base. It really isn't twice as much though, you need to add TXCO and all the filters to the Yaesu. Then look at all you could add for a couple hundred bucks. Yeah, I want a 7K bad.
    Thanks Fred, 73 All, Mike w3mz
     
  4. KE4PJW

    KE4PJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I spoke with the nice lady at the ICOM booth @ Dayton, she said the receiver is based on the 756 PRO, not the 706.
     
  5. G8KHS

    G8KHS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Excellent informative review Fred,

    Like you, I’m a 52yr old with a TS480, (great rig, excellent display), but this new Icom has really caught my attention!
    I agree with your comments on USB, which, IMO should become the de facto standard interface on all new modern radios.

    My pet hope was that Kenwood would bring out a 144/220/430/440/1296 radio in the TS480 format, to work alongside the 480, with the emphasis on excellent rf performance, like the TM255.

    Too slow Kenwood, the IC7000 is here, it seems good, and so far it looks like it will be the next new radio I’ll buy if the display is ok for mobile use.

    John G8KHS
     
  6. KY5U

    KY5U Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Good review, Fred. Thanks!
     
  7. KZ1X

    KZ1X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice review. Very nice pictures!

    It helps to remember that Kenwood and Yaesu are tiny divisions of much larger companies. They don't have the flexibility/economics to drive their parent company's development dollars like Icom does.

    Icom's amateur division is a much larger component of Icom than the others are of Kenwood/Vertex Standard, and, Icom is not shy about 'leading' with their amateur products group, either. Just look at their US and Japanese websites to see how these company's amateur divisions are positioned relative to their other operations. The other guys relegate their amateur divisions to the back burner.

    So, we'll continue to see innovation from Icom, and here in the US, from TenTec and Elecraft. Yaesu will retain some brand loyalty as a contester's 'niche' supplier and they will also have FM rigs based on their Vertex Standard products (including their notoriously bad PL decode and other anomalous behaviors). And as Fred mentions, despite their repeatedly denying it, Kenwood just fades away gracefully from the advanced HF market. Going forward, I think Icom/TenTec/Elecraft will become the "big three" names in ham radio. One Asian wide-product-range supplier, one US domestic low-mid-high end rig supplier, and one kit supplier.
     
  8. K3UD

    K3UD Guest

    A very good read.

    As far as the price is concerned just remember when the first 706 came out. The suggested retail price was about $1,600. The FT-100 was almost in the same ballpark when it came out. Now figure in the inflation over the last 9 years for the 706 and 6 years for the FT-100 and you come out pretty close to that $2,000 real dollar price point.

    Also remember that quite recently the 706MKIIG was selling right around $700 for a number of months as was the FT-100D.

    It will eventually happen to the IC-7000 also.

    Is the 7000 that much more radio than the either a 706 or FT-100D, at twice the price point of what the they were selling for at the lowest published price? Probably not, but I will wait and see what the ARRL lab has to say.

    Overall though it looks like it is going to be a major player.

    Thanks Fred.

    73
    George
    K3UD
     
  9. WD8DPA

    WD8DPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Fred,

    Excellent review!  And I must add after four days of playing with my 7K I agree with everything you said.  It's incredible what ICOM has packed in such a small box.

    It's sitting on top of my PROIII which hasn't been turned on in four days.  And so far, with the exception of the band scope, it certainly stacks up against it.  The PROIII may not get turned back on until I put the 7K in my vehicle...

    I suspect the USB inteface is going to be in ICOM's future.  If you look at their Japanese website, the new PC/R-1500 has a USB port.  So that's probably going to migrate into other radios.

    73,
    Mark
    WD8DPA

    P.S. Where did you find the extension cable?  I can't seem to locate one!
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  10. n7vc

    n7vc Guest

    hi fred, i also tryed out the new ic-7000 for 1-day to compair against my pro-111, there realy isnt much to compair the pro-111 much easer to operate menu freindly, receiveing weak signals the pro is a little better i think, bare in mind no spec anilizer just ears and eys, i use a ft-897 in mobile with sgc tuner easy radio works uper, not buying a 7000 till they improve on what you said on thinks they could have done to finish a complete upgrade, though they put alot in the mike, i think its to high for average ham for useing mobile where the radio takes alot of abuse, you did a wonderful reprt, 73s denny n7vc n7vc@netzero.net
     
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