Product Review - The ICOM IC-7000

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  1. NA4IT

    NA4IT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good review Fred. Hate about the TV function though. That was going to be my selling point to the wife so's I could put one in her Mountaineer...

    "But Honey, you'll be able to see the finish of the NASCAR races on the way to church..."

    Oh well....
     
  2. PF5X

    PF5X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Would be interested to know how the receiver performs under crowded band conditions (e.g. 40m). The IC-706MKII I currently own, gets overloaded on 40m and I need to switch in the attenuator to at least copy some of the signals. Unlike the PROIII/7800, the IC-7000 does not have the small bandwith roofing filters, but I hope it is still better than the 706. Otherwise you just pay a lot of extra money for bells & whistles which maybe nice, but that do not add any real value (i.e. basic performance improvement).

    -- Enno, 9V1CW - PF5X
     
  3. KB7UXE

    KB7UXE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello Fred.
    Here's what you asked for..
    Your right, seems silly that ICOM didn't see tha value in providing this internally.

    Dan.

    I forgot.
    This will place rig in tune mode, send a cw cxr and lower pwr to 10W.
    resistor may need to be 10 to 20K ohm.
    You could always use a pot.
    Dan.
     
  4. WA2RCB

    WA2RCB Ham Member QRZ Page

    An excellent review of this new Icom, and I agree that a Bluetooth or similar type wireless adapter to achieve "coily-cordless" type operation would be a nice option for a radio in this family. A cordless microphone and/or control head would be ideal for mobile operation. Let's wait however and see what Kenwood and Yaesu comes out with to compare/compete with this new Icom.
     
  5. N2NOW

    N2NOW Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    nice looking radio - good review... just don't have the spare pocket change around at this time  [​IMG]
     
  6. KC0W

    KC0W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Very well stated & thought out review of the radio. Ever thought about reviewing some equipment over on eHam? [​IMG]


    Tom kcØw
     
  7. K9FV

    K9FV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice review Fred - One question, does the 7000 show the CW keyer speed as you set the keyer? Most all radios seem to including the 706 series - EXCEPT for the ICOM 756 Pro series of radios.

    Sure is helpful to see what speed the keyer is set at.

    73 de Ken H>
    K9FV

     
  8. N9LYA

    N9LYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    as you use it over the next few months... I want to know how good it operates on air... I am very impessed with my Icom 746Pro and my Icom706MIIG... Just need to know if they kept the proformance and did not sacrafice any...
    I know band conditions dictate... But I want to know how other hearing you think it performs and well as how well and clear you hear others.. My interest is in the HF side..
    Nice review Fred..

    73 Jerry n9lya
     
  9. WA5PL

    WA5PL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very good right-up Fred. Thanks for taking the time to describe all the main features of the radio. No radio is perfect but it sure looks like ICOM has come a long way and has made some major improvements over the IC-706. This new radio certainly will not take the place of the larger base station radios but it will sure make portable operation a lot of fun. I'm sure ICOM will make improvements to it, just like they did over the orginal IC-706. They seem to listen to the Ham Community much more than some of the other manufacturers. This radio looks like this radio will be a keeper. I hope to get one sometime next year.

    Paul
    WA5PL
     
  10. W0LPQ

    W0LPQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fred you did good..! Will be interesting to see how it holds up and what bugs people find...!

    Just goes to show ... even us olde guys have fun..!

    I'll wait a couple months and order one ..!

    73

    Bill, W0LPQ
     
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