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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-706 - All flavors Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-706 - All flavors
ICOM IC-706 - All flavors Reviews: 470 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $IC-706MKIIG
Description: Ultra Compact HF/6 Meter/2 Meter/440MHz Transceiver
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N3AWS Rating: 5/5 Aug 3, 2013 10:28 Send this review to a friend
Solid performance  Time owned: more than 12 months
The previous reviewer is in error--the 706 series was not on the market in 1991, even the original model. I got my MKIIG shortly after they came on the market and the rig has given me solid performance. I've used it fixed, portable, and mobile. The only band I have not used it on is 160. I've used it in numerous contests, although it is NOT a competition level rig. It has served me well. If I were on an island, this is the rig I would want with me.

73, Jim N3AWS
W9CLL Rating: 5/5 Aug 2, 2013 07:30 Send this review to a friend
706MKIIG - good rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned this radio for a few years now and I use it every day in my car on both HF and VHF/UHF. Its starting to show the age (was purchased in 1991, not by me) with a few things going wrong with it but it keeps working. I have received good audio reports and the receiver is decent, not great but for the car it works fine. If I find another one for the right price I would probably pull the trigger and get it as a backup.

I don't have any complaints about the rig other then there are to many menus but this is a personal issue and not a slam on the radio. It works and I have worked plenty of them through the years.

Good rig, starting to get old now but if can be purchased at a good price worth the investment!
W5VK Rating: 5/5 Jun 28, 2013 10:08 Send this review to a friend
LOVE THESE RIGS  Time owned: more than 12 months
Since they first came out I've owned the 706, 706MKII, and four 706G models. Every one has worked as advertised plus they are compact, lightweight, easy to use menus, etc. I've used switching p/s, xfmr p/s and 12v batteries. I have used them to operate home station, mobile, portable, with/without amps, with/without external (manual and electronic) tuners... almost every situation imaginable. I have not used 430mhz. I think this little radio will be remembered like the TS 520 and FT 101... a real classic.
HR1ORS Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2013 10:44 Send this review to a friend
Good for mobile ops.  Time owned: more than 12 months
It does very good both in mobile operation as base, not a contester rig. I have atached AT 7000 from LDG electronics as a Antenna Tunner and works perfect for me.
Oscar HR1ORS
KA4KOE Rating: 3/5 Jun 25, 2013 13:04 Send this review to a friend
Stock Radio So-so  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The radio REALLY needs the optional filters to use on CW on a crowded band. Ran a 706MKiig on CW for awhile (1 hour was all I could stand) this past FD, and leaped at the chance to use a TS-2000. Menus are difficult to navigate straight out of the box. Worked ok, but definitely not a contest radio in its stock configuration.
NN2X Rating: 5/5 Jun 2, 2013 12:33 Send this review to a friend
Good Mobile  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I saw the reviews, and some of them were not the nicest, for me, the ICOM 706 MKII, (Which I just obtained), works well..It is after all a mobile unit, and maybe the reveiws are comparing the base units....

I travel alot, and felt this would be perfect, and so far works very well (Audio, TX, RX etc..)...The only issues I had was operating error (Myself!). Took me a little to navigate through the menus...I am used to Kenwood rigs, I have a Kenwood 590S for the base

Summary, good mobile unit..Works fine...and designed as mobile unit, and the price for units are so cheap, if it does fail, buy another one..(Commidity product!)
K4CVR Rating: 1/5 Apr 17, 2013 13:24 Send this review to a friend
Abysmal Support  Time owned: more than 12 months
Since I bought my IC-706 mkIIG, it's made the trip to Icom America's repair facility in Washington State three times (so far, at my expense). At no point has the original problem of the radio locking up and refusing to transmit/receive been corrected adequately. I was informed I need a new board but Icom would charge me nearly the original cost of the rig for this. Apparently the board isn't covered by the warranty.

Allot of folks raved about this rig so maybe this was just a fluke. Irregardless I won't be doing business with Icom in the future, primarily because of their cavalier and unprofessional attitude towards making the necessary repair(s) to this 706.
N0FPE Rating: 5/5 Apr 16, 2013 17:04 Send this review to a friend
10 years+  Time owned: more than 12 months
10+ years and still going strong..Been in my truck hooked to a AH-4 its whole life and still works perfect. If and when it dies i will buy the newest thing going but for now I am a happy camper!
OD5NJ Rating: 4/5 Apr 16, 2013 10:54 Send this review to a friend
IC-706MKIIG  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have this Radio mounted in my car since 2006.
Donated by HZ1BC. It is a good rig which has everything in one box except using the original Antenna with it not a very good idea.
I need to have the CW filters installed I wasn't able to find them but when I do I will be operating as mobile from the mountain.
I admit that Icom did a good job ...
G8UBJ Rating: 4/5 Mar 31, 2013 01:07 Send this review to a friend
Competent mobile rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
Reasonably compact and should be considered for mobile ops only.
I found it comes apart when connected to my fixed low band antennas. Icom put a lot of thought into this rig and although it has its short comings its a sort of Swiss army knife of rigs. You can do almost anything with it, just don't expect contest performance.
My only real gripe is the need for that overly complex remote head mounting cable with a bespoke connector.
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