The Icom IC-7300. The radio of the future. Or my future. Reading and viewing the different reviews
of this new Icom SDR radio I get a convinient feeling. I always liked the quality of Icom products especially my good old IC-706 which is still doing well after about 17 years. Not without some small service that is, but till now I managed to do all mods and repairs myself. The IC-706 is good but has some limitations and actually is a mobile transceiver. Now, I see the IC-7300 as something in between. It can be used at home but also at fielddays. It is well equipped for digital modes (no need for a CAT modem or extra soundcard outputs) and with the spectrum scope and state of the art filters you have a advantage in contests and working DXpeditions. The price? 1369 euro in the Netherlands. If I look at my receipt from my old Icom IC-706MKIIG...I bought it at a price of 3600 old Dutch guilders, convert that to euro today it would be 1633 euro (approx.). Wow, the IC-7300 is dirt cheap compared to the IC-706MKIIG when it came out on the market. Such a cheap radio? I almost would think something about it! So, I'll wait till I hear it on-air, in contests, in a real time environment....hopefully I will get more excited. In the mean time I'll better look at my antennamast and antennas. Much more important for a amateurradio station as your station is as good as your antenna.
Here are some links to make your own opinion:
Video introducing IC-7300 / Menu