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Author Topic: ICOM 718  (Read 988 times)
WI5O
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2010, 03:38:41 PM »

I love my IC-718.  It does everything I want it to do plus some.  If Ten meters ever opened up, I'd like to have FM mode to work the Ten Meter repeaters, otherwise, I'm all set right now.  I love simplicity and ease of use and it delivers on that.  

Cheers and 73 - WI5O

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by AE5JU on January 11, 2010  Mail this to a friend!  
I made the mistake of buying an Icom 718 as a backup to my Yaesu FT-897.  When I got the 718 in the shop (my "shack") I had it on the air in 15 minutes and making contacts all afternoon.  I didn't read the manual until that evening.  VERY user friendly!

Then I asked myself, why am I suffering with the FT-897's infamous menus?  I sold the 897 and bought another 718 as a backup to the first 718.  I had money left over to buy a separate 2 m rig, so I didn't lose out on anything.

I enjoy the simplicity of the 718.
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AE5JU
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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2010, 10:36:11 AM »

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by N7NBB on January 12, 2010    

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"The 781 makes a great rig for Field Day or other event where multiple operators may be unfamiliar with the radio... "


Right on the money!  

Last June on Field Day I left for two hours, handing the mic over to two other hams.  No manual, no verbal instructions but, "Have a good time."

I came back to smiling faces and a full page in the log.  They had NO problem operating the radio.

Back to tuners, the LDG Z-100Pro is used by many, and I have the new LDG IT-100, which replaces the older AT-7000.  The IT-100 is simple, works well, and if it won't tune, as indicated by 5 blinks of the LED, it can't be tuned, such as trying to operate on 160 meters with a dipole cut for 80 meters.  But for just about everything else, no problem.  It quickly and easily tunes my 3 band multidipole (75-40-20 meters) for use on 17 and 15 meters.

73
Paul
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2010, 07:32:59 AM »

The 718 is a decent backup radio, however if I were going to buy a backup, I'd look first at the IC-7200.
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