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Author Topic: iCom Model History  (Read 6136 times)
NT0A
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« on: November 07, 2011, 12:40:15 PM »

Can someone list/post the model history of the iCom HF ham radios in chronological order? I'm sure that information is on the Internet somewhere but I have not been able to find it. I'm fairly sure that the chronology is different than simply putting the model numbers in numerical order.

Thanks!
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N8WWM
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011, 12:49:19 PM »

I don't know all the models, but they used the name Inoue early on before Icom. Might help.

Doug
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NT0A
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2011, 01:01:51 PM »

Thanks, Doug.

I should have been more precise. I am really only interested in models manufactured since the late 70s and early 80s. I seem to recall that the IC-765 or IC-761 was produced around that time and yet today I believe they are still producing a variant of the IC-706.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011, 01:29:28 PM »

Try here: http://www.ab4oj.com/icom/main.html

I'm not positive it has exactly what you want but it's a start.
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NT0A
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011, 02:19:37 PM »

Try here: http://www.ab4oj.com/icom/main.html I'm not positive it has exactly what you want but it's a start.

Thanks, but none of the links I tried gave me what I was looking for. I've sent an email to iCom. We'll wee if that fears fruit or not.
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TANAKASAN
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2011, 03:37:07 AM »

Try http://www.classicicom.com/

Tanakasan
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NT0A
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2011, 07:51:18 AM »


Nope . . .  There are hints, but it is incomplete.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2011, 12:57:14 PM »

I'm looking for the an inexpensive HF transceiver that won't drift on PSK.  What was the first Icom to use a PLL?

 73 de Lynn
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2011, 01:11:40 PM »

I'm looking for the an inexpensive HF transceiver that won't drift on PSK.  What was the first Icom to use a PLL?

Lynn,

You might get a better response if you start a new thread.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2011, 03:22:12 PM »

If I leave out the ones that never sold or never sold well in the U.S., and also leave out the "current" models still selling today:

-First, Icom's HF rigs have always been frequency synthesized/PLL designs; at least in the U.S. I don't believe they ever sold an all-analog rig, from their first HF transceiver introduction of the IC-701 in 1978.

IC-701  1978
IC-720  1980
IC-720A  1980
IC-730  1981
IC-740  1982
IC-745  1983
IC-751  1983
IC-751A  1985
IC-780  1985
IC-735  1985
IC-761  1987
IC-781  1987
IC-725  1988
IC-765  1989
IC-726  1989
IC-728  1992
IC-737  1993
IC-736  1994
IC-738  1994
IC-775  1994
IC-775DSP  1995
IC-706  1995
IC-756  1996
IC-706MKII  1997
IC-746  1997
IC-706MK2G  1999
IC-756PRO  2000
IC-756PROII  2002
IC-703  2002
IC-703+  2002
IC-756PROIII  2003

All were frequency synthesized PLL designs.

Icom's not that old a company but I must say they introduced more models, quickly, than anyone I can think of!  This obviously is only a listing of HF transceivers, and all are discontinued.  I left out current models and some models that either were never imported here or sold so poorly I just don't remember them.

They also had a ton of VHF and UHF rigs, hand helds, and receivers.
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N5VTU
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2011, 06:46:45 PM »

Take a look here -

http://www.rigpix.com/icom/icomselect.htm

They show ~50 models of Icom HF rigs, although it's grouped in ascending order by model number, not chronological order.  However, if you click on each model number you can see pictures, specs, and in many cases the dates of manufacture for many of the models.

Stephen
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2011, 08:50:25 AM »

Nice list Steve, but you left off the 729, which was a 728 with 6 m (at 10 watts) on it.  I think it came out the same time as the 728 did. Don't see many of them for sale. Universal Radio has a used one for sale right now, though.

73s John AA5JG

Tnx.  I left out a few, one or two by accident and several because although I know they existed, I'd never actually seen one and wasn't sure if they were really sold here in the U.S.

The JA mfrs have all had models sold only in Asia, or in Europe, etc.  I think I heard of a 729 but never saw one. Wink
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