Product Review - The ICOM IC-7000

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  1. WL7JJ

    WL7JJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Very nice review!

    If anyone wants to buy me a Christmas Present this will surely due.
     
  2. W7FDF

    W7FDF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was told by Ken AH6LE after he took delivery of his IC-7000 that two interesting problems exist in this new radio. There is no DTMF function in the microphone and secondly, while transmitting if you accidentally depress one of the band change buttons. It will actually change while you are transmitting. Not good!!

    So I would be very concerned about the latter problem. I plan to purchase this new rig but like many, I will watch and read the feedback to see if there are any other "quirks" desgned into this radio.

    Doug W7FDF
    Vail, Arizona
     
  3. KB7DA

    KB7DA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well I am turned off from buying this rig at this current time. I will wait till next year (november or december) before purchacing mine. I was hoping that the spectrum scope would be live like the 756 pro series. I may just save up and buy a 756 pro III instead since there is NO UHF in this area, and i have a 746 Pro that can handle 2m. Sure I wont have mobile capability but at least I will have a radio with a live spectrum scope that will allow me to see activity while being able to hear what is going on. If and when I do buy this rig, it will be put in the mobile. Thanks Fred for the early review.

    73
    AD7BK
     
  4. WA2ZDY

    WA2ZDY Guest

    Yes, it sure seems like a sweet rig, but one must wait out the bugs and defects that seem common to new rigs these days just like to new automobiles.

    And truthfully, as sweet as it is, it's mostly bells and whistles. It's not enough - for me anyway - to consider replacing my very dearly beloved TS480. I already sprang for the 500Hz filter, so it is just fine as it is.

    My HQ120 didn't have a "bandscope" either and I did just fine with it too.
     
  5. KC0NJA

    KC0NJA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'LL stick with the 857-D set the memories and down the road you go. Great mobile radio, no need to be a cell phone expert doing 6 things at once while driving. Watching fancy screen displays will only get you a fender bender.....
     
  6. K8ZY

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    Oh no, not another "swiss army" radio! everything built in but toenail clippers. And the microphone looks like a computer keyboard to add insult to injury. I left two meters for that reason, I have several I gave up on because I got lost in the fifteenth sub-menu. And when I eventually did make one channel work I hit the wrong button in the dark and it all dissappeared. I still have my Icom 706 and it works fine, but it will be a cold day before I get one of these hal-2000 ("I can't let you do that, Dave") controlled monsters.
     
  7. AB9LZ

    AB9LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    W0LPQ's comment about bugs is a good one, how easy will it be to patch and or upgrade this radio's firmware? I would suspect that there are software solutions to the mentioned problems like accidental band switching etc. Great review, kinda was in the market for something a little more compact than the ole TS 830, Santa might have to lug this little brick down my chimminey in a few weeks.

    73's
    m.
     
  8. KK6FR

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    First of all, a very well done post fred. ( the pics are a nice touch.) after some things I have heard about Yaesu recently (not good) I'm going ICOM all the way. The IC-7000 is on my christmas list. I think ICOM is light-years ahead of the rest.

    73 Frank.
     
  9. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page

    ahoy maties

    tiny rigs with tiny knobs es little button switches
    that cost over 1,000 dollars

    bells es whistles menu driven radio
    full of smoke and mirrors

    just do not seem like real radios

    I do not want or need the bells and whistles

    still rather run hb mopa job es old tube receiver

    yes
    am still living in the past, enjoy it fb om

    Mac dit dit
     
  10. KB7UXE

    KB7UXE Ham Member QRZ Page

    But does it make coffee?

    For $1500 bucks, I hope it at least makes coffee!!....
     
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