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Author Topic: Icom IC-7000 VS FT-857D  (Read 570 times)
KB5WVK
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« on: April 06, 2009, 09:45:12 PM »

What do you get for the extra money with the Icom IC-7000  over the FT-857D?
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 10:59:45 PM »

User-settable IF DSP filter widths in the IC-7000.

That may not seem important to you, but during your first contest with an FT-857D, you'll wish you had that capability.

        Charles
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G8JNJ
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 12:52:30 AM »

Hi,

I have and IC-7000 and an FT-897D, spend the extra money on the ICOM.

You will only end up buying additional filters for the FT-857D.

Plus the IC-7000 IF DSP is fantastic, it really does remove noise and hetrodynes, and you can fine tune the RX bandwidth and shift the passband to suit your listening habits.

The only downside of the IC-7000 - it draws more current than the FT-897D in standby, runs a bit warm, and the TX audio can sound a bit 'odd'.

Change the mic insert and don't wind the TX audio bandwidth down too narrow, especially when using compression, as it can cause a 'ringing' effect on certain speech sounds. But the FT-897D TX audio needs some help too !

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Martin - G8JNJ

www.g8jnj.webs.com
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 04:30:08 AM »

Filters.  The Icom comes with decent filtering.  With the FT857, you will want to add INRAD filters.
The FT857 is really designed for mobile use, not contesting.
73s.

-Mike.
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 06:33:44 AM »

If you'd go to your dealer and play with both of them, it wouldn't take you long to discover what the real differences are. Having had both on the bench at the same time, I can safely say there is a lot more to both radios than what has been presented here.

Alan, KØBG
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N2UNL
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009, 08:54:32 AM »

Sometimes you don't get more out of a radio just because it cost more, but in this case you will get Way MORE of a radio with the IC-7000 than the 857D. Well worth the extra. Hold out for the Icom you won't be sorry in the long run. Just look at youre responses. Just my thoughts.  Good Luck.
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