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Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!

from amateurradio.com.au on December 9, 2009
Website: http://www.amateurradio.com.au/node/941
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Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by K2FOX on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
What a shame if true. I liked my first one so much I purchased a second one for the base. A great little radio.
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by AI2IA on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Sound reasoning trumps nostalgia.

If difficulty getting components dictates dropping the model line, then there are opportunities for improvement. Also, if the manufacturer has difficulty getting components, what does that say about owners who may need repairs in the future?

Now Icom can come out wih a new model based closely on the features and popularity of the phased out one, but with improvements and some of the existing circuitry and features.

The demise of the old model can now be turned into a lucrative marketing gimic.

There are and will be plenty of fish in the sea.
 
RE: Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by K7CB on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Frankly, with the release of the 7000, I figured it was only a matter of time before this happened. The 706 has been in production for almost 15 years! The original IC-706 came out in 1995 and was replaced with the MKII in 1997. The MKII-G came out in 1999 making it the longest running version of the three. Are there any other radios out there that saw that long of a run?
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by N0XMZ on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Discontinuing their best selling model. Now THERE'S a winning business decision!

The "some components no longer available" is just an excuse. I'm sure the engineers could worked around it if they wanted to.
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by AI2IA on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
The Ford Model "T" was a best selling model, too! However, Ford decided to move on.

In radio transceivers as in automobiles, there is no such thing as "The Final Word" in the sense that a better model beyond that cannot be produced.

Engineering and innovation go together.
 
RE: Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by WA1RNE on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Besides production constraints, I'm sure the scope of this decision also included the ability to provide service for the radio.

They have to be able to project availability of service spares for "x" number of years, whatever ICOM's policy is.


...WA1RNE
 
RE: Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by ZENKI on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
The "some components no longer available" is just an excuse. I'm sure the engineers could worked around it if they wanted to."

These days its not an excuse. Between Tyco and the Chinese who are making fake poor quality copy components, which are mostly crap. You unfortunately dont have much choice these days.

Since companies like Tyco have moved into and monopolized the electronics industry, the availability of specialized RF parts has dried up. Parts are available if you big and have plenty of cash to place a big order 6 months in advance. If you a small manufacturer you at the mercy of these vultures who can break your business.

These big companies buying up small electronics companies has done more harm than good to the electronics industry.

It has harmed small enterprises in the electronics industry from being competitive with the far east companies. The plants in China will get the "good stuff" and the west gets the "crap and rejects" Those electronics companies that are left and dont offer much because of these big players.

It used to be a real pleasure dealing and working in a professional manner with design engineers. These days you have to deal with professional dummies called technical sales engineers who know nothing. They are really sycophants ready to stuck your blood and offer no design support, except harass your for new orders every second week.

Being involved in electronics design, I would not buy a re-engineered product or a product with copy parts in it. If you do decide to go this route, it will one of the worst nightmares for your companies reputation.

Its cheaper to scrap old designs and come up with something new. Semiconductor Product life cycles can be short as 6 months these days.

Just remember all the troubles Icom have had with genuine OEM parts failing, imagine Icom products with fake copy components in them. You would not wish this punishment on your worst enemy!
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by K0RGR on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Well, this is sad if true.

Perhaps the 706 is also not competing well with the Yaesu 857. The 857 is cheaper and a lot of people have expressed a preference for it. Personally, I liked my 706 and I like my 7000. But, I think the 7000 is overkill for mobile use.
 
RE: Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by EX_AA5JG on December 9, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
"The MKII-G came out in 1999 making it the longest running version of the three. Are there any other radios out there that saw that long of a run?"

The Alinco DX70. Came out in 1995, still on the market today.

73s John AA5JG
 
RE: Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by QRZDXR2 on December 10, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
ZENKI on December 9, 2009
The "some components no longer available" is just an excuse. I'm sure the engineers could worked around it if they wanted to."

These days its not an excuse. Between Tyco and the Chinese who are making fake poor quality copy components, which are mostly crap. You unfortunately dont have much choice these days.

Since companies like Tyco have moved into and monopolized the electronics industry, the availability of specialized RF parts has dried up. Parts are available if you big and have plenty of cash to place a big order 6 months in advance. If you a small manufacturer you at the mercy of these vultures who can break your business.

These big companies buying up small electronics companies has done more harm than good to the electronics industry.

It has harmed small enterprises in the electronics industry from being competitive with the far east companies. The plants in China will get the "good stuff" and the west gets the "crap and rejects" Those electronics companies that are left and dont offer much because of these big players.

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How very true. And now the US is paying for it. It all comes down to the money. Oh not yours and mine but the money the "ELETE" people in Congress and all get.

They have had their hand out for years in the electronic industry buy off. And now the major industry Cars... are feeling the same effects.

The so called leadership in this country sold us all out for their MONEY. When they take Campain (Graff) money from the china,japan,others... to make it hard for US industry to produce, by bringing out the dogs called environmental nazis', laywers unchecked... and other restrictions then you have in effect a take over.

US people lose jobs, don't manufacture things anymore that are based on quality and workmanship which in the end provide pride and service. I just read that now the largest aircraft engine company signed with China to do all the maintenance on the airline engines. That just lost americans jobs. Cessna is having its plane manufactured over in china... why? Don't we have americans who if given the oppertunity to work could do as good or better?

Cap and Trade... is just another push from over seas to keep americans from manufacturing.

If OUR govenrnment is interested in keeping this country going.. other than printing more money...(which by the way is done in Brit'n) then they had better start looking at our own and forget trying to make the world a better place by giving away so much. Time will come with or without 'em.

As to ICOM making parts. NO they don't. They are not under the rules of manufactureing as most US companies were. FORD now does not support its vehicles after 10 years (change from 17) due to cost..they say.)

So look its a throw away society... use it today as if and when it dies you need to look to the new and not repair. (I have a friend who does repair at ICOM wash... he said that they have been told that the repair center is going the way of KENWOOD and YEASU and that more radios will be returned with the "COST OF REPAIRS EXCEEDS THE VALUE OF THE ITME" as parts are going away and stocking them is not profitable in this country due to taxes etc...

I remember one gent who showed us all a 706 that had a blown cap here on eham. I have had the same thing happen to my radio but, instead it leaked and the electrolite ATE THE BOARD. COST OF REPAIRS EXCEEDS THE VALUE OF THE RADIO.. was what I got back too.

So get used to it. You all that work in US companies and drive your toy or other offshore made car to work want to thing a bout it. MAYTAG is not china owned also... and they make a lot of off brand name appliances. Where, CHINA. They want your money.

Homebuilding is not a option anymore. No one makes the parts here right down to the resistors. (grin)
 
RE: Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by N4MJG on December 11, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I still have my 705 mark 2 G and will keep it forever !! unless die i will find me anouther one at right price ....



73
Jackie
N4MJG
WWW.N4MJG.COM
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by KA0LDG on December 13, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Interesting..........I spoke with the Icom rep at the Tampa Bay Hamfest on the 5th of December about this, and he said this is not true. He told me that there has been talk regarding this, but as far as he knew, the rig would continue to be produced. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by KA0LDG on December 14, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Hmmmm - Interesting...I spoke with the Icom rep at the Tampa Bay Hamfest a couple of weeks ago, and he said that Icom intended to keep making the 706. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by W7KB on December 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I called Icom America tech support on Tuesday Dec.15 and was asking if this was truth or rumor in regards to discontinuation of Icom 706 MKIIG model.It was stated that it will continue to be in production for the near future.They stated that this rumor was started in Australia and there was no truth to production stoppage.However parts availability in the future might be another issue.Enjoy this fine rig.73.W7KB.
 
Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by N5RWJ on December 21, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I don't know, but it looks like the USA well be the last too know if this is true, if icon has stop building then, and can't get new parts, then they could be just sale off they're stock to us ?
 
RE: Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!  
by W4KVW on December 27, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Well I was told by an ICOM REP that they will be continued in the USA for quiet a while yet but that it has been discontinued for MANY other countries. They stated,"Ther are THOUSANDS of them already produced & there will be NO SHORTAGE of the 706MIIG anytime in the NEAR future.

CLAYTON
W4KVW
 
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