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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-7300 HF/50MHz TRANSCEIVER Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-7300 HF/50MHz TRANSCEIVER
ICOM IC-7300 HF/50MHz TRANSCEIVER Reviews: 229 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $1,499
Description: This new HF plus 6 meter 100 watt transceiver hosts new
capabilities and technologies for its class. Instead of
the conventional superheterodyne system, a direct RF
sampling approach is used. The brilliant TFT touch screen
provides complete operational status including a stunning
real-time spectrum display with waterfall plus a useful
audio scope display. There is a built-in tuner. Other
features include: Voice memory, 15 Band Pass Filters,
CW/RTTY memory keyer functions, RTTY decode, SD card
slot, USB for CI-V and audio I/O, digital noise reduction
and 101 memories. Only 9.45 x 3.75 x 9.37 inches
(240x95x238mm). Supplied with HM-219 hand mic, DC power
cord and fuses.
Product is in production.
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K8INA Rating: 3/5 Jul 10, 2017 10:27 Send this review to a friend
Not god's gift to hamming  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm not sure what all the hoopla is about on this radio. I've had mine for about a year and while it's light years ahead of my old TS-520, it's not close to perfect. The "great" filtering is audio filters. If you look, they are added ahead of the RF stage, but thats typical of SDR radios. The audio is very fatiguing to listen to for extended periods of time.While there are a lot of knobs, most do more than one function and it gets confusing when you are taken deeper and deeper into a menu to do something that you have to change ofter when changing modes. The antenna tuner (as typical on most modern radios) is useless on average antennas. If it's more than 3:1, it won't tune. Trying to set up data is a nightmare if you're not fully conversent with PC 's. And while it does many things, the spectrum scope is a bit difficult to use, like finding a signal then tuning to it. Sure, it tracks to it, but you have to remember about where it was or you tune past it before it refreshes. You could "freeze" the screen, but that's another step. The touch screen is a treat. Works very well. I dislike the RF and Squelch on one knob, forget where it's set. And why, oh why, did they add RTTY decode? I mean, its 100:1 using PSK or CW,but they put in RTTY.... guess it was a left over bit of programming they had to use. So, yes, it's a good radio... but it's definitely not the "great" radio we are led to believe......
N2DTS Rating: 5/5 Jun 24, 2017 18:54 Send this review to a friend
Very good for the money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I picked up a 7300 yesterday, new at HRO for $1200.00, in store discount.
It had a problem at first, it was putting out 150 watts and was putting out 5 watts with the power turned down to zero, plus it had a motorboat type sound in voice modes, and the swr was off the scale into the dummy load.
I was going to go back and return it, but after a few power off and on's it seems normal.
Some sort of firmware problem, something was not loading right I suppose.

For the price, the radio works really well, a lot of bang for the buck.
Nit picks: an sdr should have continuously variable filters, a width and shift adjustments would be nice with 50 Hz to 10 KHz or more would be nice.
That is one of the huge advantages to sdr, the ability to make the filter whatever you want it to be. I suppose in order to be able to do stuff like that, you need a LOT more cpu power to process the data.
As it is, the latency through the radio is almost zero, so its a trade off I guess.

The low frequency response on receive only seems to go down to about 200 Hz but TX audio can go down to 100 Hz.
For broadcast and AM listening, and maybe even essb, 50 Hz would be nice.

High frequency TX bandwidth is also limited, that is ok with me but many would like the ability to run it wider at times.
Its 3 KHz audio on AM, the ability to go to 4 or 5 would be nice.

The display is nice, but a bit small..

That is about all I can think of, I like the fact that the A/B vfo can be on different bands.
The fan is quiet, the radio runs cold even at full power, its small, RX audio out is good, its quiet and sensitive, its got preamps, attenuators, and an rf gain control.

On both RX and TX the 7300 works worlds better then the old 756 pro series radios did, plus its lighter and costs less.
GM0IIO Rating: 5/5 Jun 15, 2017 08:12 Send this review to a friend
Amazing Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
A few points of interest........

The IC-7300 works with the now Defunct BetterRF i-mate (only the first 4 voice memories).

I placed world#1 in the 2016 CQWW CW SOSBLP20M category at VP9I. The radio played wonderfully. It is also great on SSB which I seldom use.

The proof is in the pudding !

KB5RU Rating: 5/5 Jun 15, 2017 00:27 Send this review to a friend
Very Good Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
The recovered audio is good. I bought the matching speaker that goes with the it. I have a 756 pro III
next to it and they share the same speaker. Bought radios have SM-30 desk microphones. I must say that the two radios are very close in operation. The 756 pro III is a little easer to use because it has more on buttons and knobs but the audio and performance of transmitter and receiver are identical.
KE2RR Rating: 5/5 Jun 12, 2017 00:50 Send this review to a friend
Best Radio ever owned  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got this rig, on ebay, from Greece, delivered to my home in Germany within one week. Radio was said to be software upgrade to 135 watts. It has run flawless for the past week. Receiver is a lot better than my icom 706MK2G, sitting side by side, same antenna, this radio pulls out a lot more signals that the 706 never here's. The reports I get are always good ones about the audio, and strength of the signal. I really haven't used the filters that much, for I haven't had to. Only one time I lost the output on SSB for I had hit the data button, and did not realize it was in the data mode. The CW, and RTTY modes work great. Well worth every cent spent. It took me a year of looking and reading every thing I could find on it before I ordered it. But the extra push was the updraded software to 135 watts.
K7VNE Rating: 5/5 Jun 8, 2017 11:44 Send this review to a friend
No regrets  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have owned this unit for about a month now with zero regrets. I wanted to upgrade my Yaesu 857D
and at first, looked at and purchased the FTDX 1200. It did not seem like a bad choice until I seen the IC 7300 in action at a local hams QTH. Took it back to the place of purchase the next day and they allowed me to exchange it for the 7300 by only paying the price difference, no "re-stocking" fees. Thanks HRO.

I can not believe how much better the 7300 can
"hear" over both the 857D and the FTDX 1200.
What really surprised me is how much other
stations say that they can hear me better also.

I at first did not think I would need the touch screen as apposed to dedicated menus and buttons but, I have since been spoiled by that touch screen and would not want anything else.

I hope to have years of service out of this item and can see no reason to ever want for an upgrade to any other radio.
N0YXE Rating: 5/5 Jun 5, 2017 14:25 Send this review to a friend
WONDERFUL  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I had fears that moving further from analog would leave me in the dust. I'm beginning to become a convert. Do not fear this miracle from Icom. The speaker and sound is worth the price of admission. You just would not believe the sound quality! The receive sensitivity is the best I've ever had! My other unit is an Icom 756 Pro III. The manual takes some time for me to use, but it is getting easier every day. It would be very difficult to return to any other type of radio. This radio appears to be a very good value considering what it does and what it is capable of doing. You WILL love it!
N4UE Rating: 5/5 May 27, 2017 14:14 Send this review to a friend
Getting near perfect  Time owned: more than 12 months
The 7300 has been criticized as having only one antenna connector. These folks bought the radio knowing that. Huh?
I just finished building the BX-7300. The German FA-AS Automatic Antenna Switch for the 7300. I posted a short review here and on the Yahoo 7300 Group. Icom haters are gonna hate even more!

This is an excellent addition to the 7300 and allows 4 antennas, transverter, etc. All automatic and excellent design/parts. Cheap, too!
I can't wait for my 7610 and all the Icom haters are green with envy!
ha ha

K7JOE Rating: 5/5 May 25, 2017 20:41 Send this review to a friend
Three of these in my stable...  Time owned: more than 12 months
Now I have 3 of the IC-7300's. Sold yaesu gear to get the 7300's. Two are in an SO2R config and one is in a go-case for portable and mobile use, which i use often. I run about 95% of the time on cw and this radio performs very well as a CW rig. The comment about noisy relay is true, but I run semi-breakin at around 35-40WPM QRQ and it works very well. I do not care much for full break in QSK, and the relay does not bother me at all.

The only change that I would like to see is a software upgrade to store POWER output settings independently by mode and by band.
N4KZ Rating: 5/5 May 25, 2017 18:19 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding rig for the price  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
For the last 4 years I'd been quite pleased with my IC-7600 -- particularly after the Icom firmware upgrade that added a waterfall to the bandscope and also improved the APF for weak CW signals. Initially, I had no interest in buying an IC-7300 but eventually I fell victim to the passion and euphoria 7300 owners had for the little rig. So I bought one. I haven't regretted the decision for a second. I still have the 7600 but it doesn't get much use these days. I get rave and unsolicited comments on the good SSB audio quality. At first I feared I'd miss the Dual Watch feature when working split frequency DX. But it hasn't been an issue. When Armed Forces Day was observed recently I thought I'd miss the frequency input keys for those big QSYs to listen on military frequencies. But I soon learned that the touch screen allowed me to easily and quickly adjust the tuning rate and I could get to those military frequencies on those big QSYs as quickly as or faster than using the input buttons on my 7600. But most of all I feared the loss of the APF -- audio peak filter which boosts weak CW signals up out of the noise. This winter I turned my attention toward DXing on 160m CW and thought I'd miss the APF. But after using the 7300's excellent filters, in addition to adjusting the NR function and filter passbands, I do believe the 7300's performance on weak CW signals is about equal to the 7600's APF -- and that's saying a lot. All in all, it is hard to believe just how good the 7300 is for a fraction of what I paid for the 7600.
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