Kind of nice to see this:
"A long time ago, ICOM decided the S-9 = 50uV @ 14mhz was the standard they would hold. Hold it, they did..."
At least it's a defined and consistent reference point (linearly preceded and followed or not).
On a different/larger subject, what's the thinking on how long it will be before:
a: Icom decides the uptake is so good on the 7300 that they ship a 7300 II with a few notable improvements?
b. Icom ships a big brother to the 7300 with some very significant improvements?
c. Kenwood ships something similar/better in response to the 7300?
d. Yaesu ships with something similar/better in response to the 7300?
There are a few of us out here that have a close relationship with ICOM, but, we do not work for them.
I discussed this with the others, the current thinking is 2 yrs to an SDR replacement for the 7600, 2 more years for a replacement SDR for the 7700, 7851.
The 7410 has already been discontinued as a direct result of the 7300 soaking up all its sales. The 7600 hardware is maxed out, no more software can be loaded into it. Crystal filters are getting more and more expensive, so the time has come to begin phasing out all non-SDR models from the product line.
Hope that answers your question.
Give it about a year for a software update on the 7300.
Discussions I've had with ICOM reps, are model numbers of the future. 7651, 7900, 7865, were all tossed around. All were projected as SDR, in their own price class.
7300= entry level price class $1500, 7651= mid range SDR, $3000, 7865/7900= elite class, $6k.
Please don't hold me to all this info, it's all highly speculative, but so far my group has a 85% hit record on ICOM radios. The 7800 was 90%, missing only the model number...