Why So Many ICOM 7300 radios For Sale?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WA3MOJ, Jul 9, 2019.

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  1. W4NNF

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    The battery is easily replaceable if you know how to use a soldering iron. But even if it goes bad, you can still set the time and the rig will keep the clock current as long as it's connected to a live power supply--it doesn't have to be turned on.
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  2. W4HM

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    Icom sold many IC-718's as an entry level rig which wasn't a bad little radio. The same thing is happening with the IC-7300.

    I used an IC-718 for QRP operation on CW and PSK31. It had/has allot of bells and whistles for the price. But you can't compare it with the new Icom entry level rig, IC-7300.
  3. KC3MIO

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    I’m a new ham and have a 7300 that I bought after looking at the Yaesu 1200 and 3000. I’ve been using it for about 10 months and have pored over the full manual on my iPad and just bought ZL3DW's book. At this point, I think I know how to work the radio pretty well (although I do expect to figure out new things) and it is extremely capable. I've worked all states with 100 W on SSB, about 35-40 on CW and quite a few on 5 watts with a dipole. I'm probably up to 70 or so DXCC entities. Of course, my only experience with another radio was with a K1 running 5 watts on my deck, so I have no basis for comparison.

    A couple of nitpicking points:

    1. The screen is small
    2. There is only one notch
    3. An S unit is really only 3 dB on the meter, e.g., an S1 reading is really S5. This appears to be the way Icom calibrates them. I wish I could modify it to be 6 dB = 1 S unit.
    It would be surprising if there weren't better rigs on the market. How could you justify paying upwards of $12K for a radio if it weren't better than a $1,000 radio?
  4. N8FVJ

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    For $1519 there is a far better radio. It is a Yaesu FTdx-3000.
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  5. KE0EYJ

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    Nah... don't worry about the S-unit being 3db. It's the same on most new rigs I've owned, in recent years. Only the old-timers get their panties in a wad over that. They've lost that game.
  6. KC3MIO

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    Somehow, I've learned to live with it, but it is like having a half an S-meter. Apparently the Elecraft radios use the standard S-unit.
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  7. WG8Z

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    No way to disable the up-down buttons on the stock handmic.
  8. W7UUU

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    Use a non-stock handmic :)

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  9. WG8Z

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    I've been using a HM-12 from one of my IC-38a's.
    Has the on-off switch on the back.
    Just feels a little clunky.
    Sounds good though.
  10. N4GKS

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