Friday, August 30, 2019

The IC-705 a FT-817 successor?


http://www.cqdx.ru/ham/new-equipment/hf-vhf-uhf-sdr-icom-ic-705-transceiver/

Seems to be the hot news of the day. Hamshop.com in the Netherlands already offers to make reservations for the radio without any costs. In the mean time some hints are getting published:


Most interesting is the bluetooth/LAN option. My guess is that you can connect to your radio with computer or even your phone via Bluetooth and or WiFi. Will it also have a USB connection like the IC-7300? Personally I've been busy to connect CAT/soundcard via bluetooth to my windows tablet a while ago. I still have some experiment waiting but this radio seems to have it build in.

Update 1-Sept-2019:

Some links to other articles about this new radio:

https://qrper.com/2019/09/icom-introduces-the-ic-705-portable-qrp-transceiver/

https://swling.com/blog/2019/09/could-the-icom-ic-705-be-a-shortwave-listeners-holy-grail-receiver/

http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2019/08/icoms-ic705.html

https://dailyantenna.blogspot.com/2019/09/will-i-be-getting-new-icom-ic-705-qrp.html

https://w2lj.blogspot.com/2019/08/guess-ill-jump-on-bandwagon.html

12 comments:

  1. Don't know what went wrong, just a matter of copy paste....but it went wrong. I changed it, tested it and it seems to be ok now. 73, Bas

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  2. Well it would seem Icom has jumped on the boat and Yaesu have been left in the dust regarding a very very popular Yaesu rig. Good for Icom to put this rig in the market. During Dayton this year for sure I thought I would see a Yaesu replacement to the FT 817. Yeasu have missed the boat on this one.
    73,
    Mike
    VE3WD<

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    1. Yes Mike, Yaesu did make a makeover of the FT-817 with the FT-818. I think they do not really listen to what the hamradio community want. However, you don't know what they have to offer next year. Sometimes it's just like a game of chess in business. 73, Bas

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    1. Elecraft makes very good radios but take a complete different path. Icom does research what customers expect no doubt. I even think they actually read blogs about this.... I've been writing about a radio like this in the past and G3XBM did as well. I think there is a market for such a "QRP" model. They probabely did make a research on that as well....73, Bas

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  4. Well, I wonder how much money I need for that? Still, the Icom range really is now excellent. As soon as I saw and used the 7300, I knew I needed an Icom next. The current mid-range models from Yaesu are really very clunky in comparison, and they are not pleasant to use.

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    1. I can't help it but I actually not a fan of Yaesu. I like the FT-817. But if Icom had made a similair model my choice would be easy. 73, Bas

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  5. A price point of about $1000 has been floating around. My question would be if the power consumption is not too high.
    Next, a radio like this one could be very useful as a base TRX for a transverter into microwaves.
    Second question would be : 70MHz ?

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  6. Another "pancake-flat" QRP rig. Sorry I don't like flat as I don't do portable/Sota. Something like a Japanese 10 watt model of a current modest size rig would be nice. I once had a TS-130V years ago that was great.

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    1. Well, I'm shure a lot of people disagree with you Dick. But how about the IC-7300? You can set it at 10W ;-)....73, Bas

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Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas