Friday, January 17, 2020

IC7300 arrives

After reading numerous reviews and watching half a dozen YouTube videos on the radio-of-interest, I've finally settled on the Icom IC-7300 to take center stage in the rolling hamshack.



Here are the features I wanted:
  • Low cost
  • Small size
  • Built-in ATU
  • Spectrum display
  • Single-cable interface to PC

There are a handful of radios that fit this criteria, most notably the Yaesu FT-991A - said to be the 7300's nearest competitor. I ruled that choice out due to not needing or wanting to pay for V/UHF and for its lack of an included ATU.

The IC-7300 has been out for 3 years now and the reviews are still overwhelmingly positive. With rebates available, the value offered by the 7300 was difficult to pass up and I believe it will be ideal for its intended purpose and other various portable operations where vehicle power is available.

Like others have said, many menu items are intuitive and I have the pdf manual open for those that aren't and have set the CW filter bandwidths and waterfall spans to what I want them to be. The a few quick CW QSO's gave me a feel for the T/R break-in, sidetone adjustments and a few other parameters.

I can see the reason for the high reviews it continues to achieve. As with the mcHF and the Flex, it is nice to see all of the band activity on the band at a glance, without having to tune through the band listening.

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4 comments:

  1. I too couldn't resist - fun radio for $900. There is a couple of key features missing, like a second antenna port, a receive port, RX out and an easy way to tune a tube amp. But for $900? Wow. I find myself using it more than I thought I would.
    73 Dave kx3dx

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  2. Very nice radio and looking forward to your reviews as you operate it.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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  3. I will be very interested to see what you think about your new radio and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine.

    73 Tim K5TH

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  4. Thanks for the comments - I'm hoping to like it as much too and have already made a few notes that will form the basis of a posting soon. With weekends plans and a busy post-holiday work week, I've no sooner received the radio and suddenly have so little time to play with it - probably 3 hours in all. I hope to use it this weekend and then do a CW Sprint next Wednesday. That ought to go a long ways toward filling in my notes and helping me to form an opinion.

    73 - John

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