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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | ICOM IC-765 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-765
ICOM IC-765 Reviews: 92 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $2692.00
Description: 1989 - 1995 ICOM HF Flagship
Product is not in production.
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KK4CIR Rating: 5/5 Jan 9, 2015 10:50 Send this review to a friend
BIG RADIO  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great radio and super easy to operate! If you like a simple to operate radio with BIG knobs to turn with the reliability of ICOM you found it, look no further. For its age this rig still holds very respectable reputation in the Ham family. IMO is one of the best BIG base station radios from their time.
K8YZK Rating: 5/5 Nov 19, 2014 06:10 Send this review to a friend
Love it so far  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Traded a Alinco DX-SR8T(not a bad radio), for the IC-765. Yes it is older technology, but love the ease of operation without all the menus. Tuner works good, like the built in ps. Beside being a boat anchor because of the weight, the one problem I have, the NB isn't working, but that is not a problem with me. Looking to keep this rig for a long time.
KI0SV Rating: 5/5 Nov 11, 2014 10:24 Send this review to a friend
Time Enduring Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
Every once in a while a device comes along that is so well constructed and thought through that it spans the test of time. This is one of those examples.

I have owned my Icom 765 for almost two years and I have enjoyed operating and listening to this radio every time its on. The front panel is nicely laid out and easy to figure out without the manual in your hand. I am a bit put off by some of these menu driven radios and I still like twisting a knob or two when listening to a favorite station. I like to have fun when I am operating and this rig is just that, FUN!

I usually operate on 10, 15, 20, and 75 meters and the rig tunes each band nicely with great barefoot signal reports (granted the antenna helps) and it tunes each band nicely. Audio reports are always compliments and signal rejection and sensitivity are among the best my calibrated ear discern. After all, isn't that the best test?

If you find one of these for sale (sorry you won't see mine listed!) I would recommend you jump on it and you will find the radio will deliver hours of enjoyment for years to come and like me and many other 765 owners you will not be disappointed.


Yeah, the "1" guy just didn't get it.
K6MTS Rating: 5/5 Sep 7, 2014 10:22 Send this review to a friend
One of the best ever  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Truly an incredible rig. Is it the same as rigs of today? Of course not.

But they are a wonderful radio from a past era that still work excellent and are still the preferred rig for many contesters, DX chasers and Rag chewers alike.

So here is another 5 rating to help counter the silly comparison and rating of 1 (Really, a 1 ??) in the previous review.
YY5CMJ Rating: 1/5 Jul 12, 2014 06:47 Send this review to a friend
BASIC RADIO   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
It is a very limited functions Grande for a current amateur.

   Has antenna tuner built in, Easy operation without good audio submenu with limitations (no low). Basic modulation.

Very, very big and heavy about 25kg. All audio limitations of the time and very basic.
  Failure additional filters the radio is playing
with too much QSB.

Limitations of this characteristic ICOM ALC, if you do not have a good microphone radio does not push more than 60w and 80w Maximum peaks.

My opinion is that this radio was a good time right now for pear HF radios there are certainly superior in every way. If you're conservative and like classic and easy to use this is a good choice.
K6MTS Rating: 5/5 Jun 30, 2014 10:09 Send this review to a friend
Classic rig  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Very nice, LARGE rig. Incredible tuning knob feel, bright displays and no menus, great receive and stable. Sadly I just sold mine to open up room for an amp, and it was my secondary HF rig. I'm regretting it already...
W1PFS Rating: 5/5 Dec 5, 2013 10:11 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic Radio !!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have had this radio for about 24 hrs, yes, I said 24 hrs !!! And I already know its a keeper, and that I should have bought it yrs ago ! Solid radio with great performance all around !!!! paul
N7RST Rating: 5/5 Jul 30, 2013 15:57 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio   Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had the 765, at one time, 2 of them. I let them go. What an idiot. The receiver specs are very high for "old" technology. I have found over the years that DSP isn't all that. The non-DSP radios out there perform very, very well. I could go on, but get with someone that has the with it and then tell me it is too old to be functional!
OM2TW Rating: 5/5 Jul 28, 2013 12:14 Send this review to a friend
Just perfect!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This transceiver has the finest receiver of any radio I've owned or used. I've made some mods, including filters change, roofing filter, etc.. Some people said's, that it's noisy radio. Yes, I confirm, that noisy AF is the main weakness of this transceiver. I replaced onboard AF amplifier with external module (internaly installed). The results are significant. If you have question regarding this mod, just send me email.

73 de Rich OK8WW / OM2TW
VK3TEX Rating: 5/5 Jan 10, 2013 16:25 Send this review to a friend
The best radio from Icom!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Mine is one owner from new and is still the best
That I have in the shack. I have an IC-7700 as
My main radio mainly for the bells and whistles
And ragchewing. But I turn to the 765 for really
Weak signal DX work. In pure sensitivity response
It outperforms the 7700. It also doesn't suffer from
Reciever AGC pops due to switching of mains electrical
Equipment like the 7700 does...
It has had most of the mods done to it but still has the
Original filters in it. Did a recent tune after 20 years,and
Is as gOod as new now.
The TX is flawless giving excellent modulation even
Without the compressor engaged.
I don't think Icom have produced a better radio since
The 765...
If Icom had the same engineers working on the radios
Today that they did on the 765 Icom would blow the
Competition away!
With care, this classic should bring their owners
Many more years of operating pleasure.
Les, VK3TEX.
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