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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF+UHF models) | ICOM IC-7600 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-7600
ICOM IC-7600 Reviews: 146 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $3,950
Description: The ICOM IC-7600 has been unveiled at the Tokyo hamfair August 2008. DSP based HF/50 MHz 100W transceiver keeps the best of IC-756PROIII with the look and convenience of IC-7XXX seiries rigs.
Product is in production.
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W3UT Rating: 5/5 Nov 21, 2015 10:24 Send this review to a friend
Nice radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
Sold my IC-7600 a while back and bought a new one. I've owned many HF transceivers, Icom, Yaesu, Elecraft. I don't care for layers of menus on radios, I like to keep it simple. My Elecraft KX3 is awesome but small and complicated. I really liked the 756Pro series and the IC-7600. I sold my 7600 and purchased a Yaesu FTDX3000 which is an excellent radio. I really missed the ergonomics of the Icom after evolving from the 756 pro series. For me, the IC-7600 is a more enjoyable radio to operate. The layout and controls are more suited to me. Probably because I migrated from the 756 Pro series. Having operated and compared both the IC-7600 & FTDX3000, which radio is best? The numbers charts clearly show the Yaesu with a better receiver. My experience listening in a crowded contest environment, both radios sound very close. I think overall, the Yaesu was slightly better on very weak signal intelligibility to my ears. But not enough to persuade either way. Both are excellent radios. I chose to stay with the more expensive IC-7600. The layout of the radio and controls seem simpler and more natural to my operating style and comfort.
N9GUU Rating: 5/5 Oct 25, 2015 07:47 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic Radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
After owning my 7600 for about 5 months I thought I would write an initial review. Previous to the 7600, I had an IC-7410. I really liked and enjoyed my 7410 - so much to the extent that i'm up in the air about selling it...When I got my 7600 I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy the menu functions were to operate - more intuitive I believe than the 7410 was and I was able to put it on the almost immeadeatly. There is NO comparison between the two radios - the 7600 receiver is HOT, and considerably more selective (as it should be for the price difference). Operation is a breeze and the bandscope certainly helps identify activity on the band. So far I have nothing but good to say about the 7600 and would recommend one to anyone wanting to purchase an upscale radio. As I become more familiar with the numerous functions and features of this radio, I will provide another review. Great Job ICOM!!! This is the best radio I have ever owned!
N4KZ Rating: 5/5 Oct 6, 2015 11:03 Send this review to a friend
2.0 firmware - Nice!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my IC-7600 a little over 2 years ago. I love the rig and everything about it. It replaced a Pro 3 and several other Icoms I have owned. For the last 4 months, I procrastinated about doing the 2.0 firmware upgrade. On Monday, the procrastination ended and now I wish I'd done this about 3 months ago. At any rate, a great radio got even better. A number of new features were added but my personal favorites are the waterfall on the bandscope and the rather pronounced improvement to the CW APF function. Those weak CW signals REALLY pop out of the noise now. Before buying the 7600, I had strongly considered buying a K3 with a P3. Two of my main reasons for considering them were the bandscope with waterfall and excellent APF. But in the end I stayed with Icom for several reasons. And now I have the very features on the 7600 that had nearly caused me to switch from Icom to Elecraft. Good show, Icom.
VK2AB Rating: 5/5 Sep 9, 2015 16:21 Send this review to a friend
Icom 7600 one of the best  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned my Icom 7600 for 2 years and have had nothing but compliments on its audio and performance. Before Icom sent the software (SDR) upgrade it was good now it is in my opinion the best value for money radio out there. Having said that look out for the 7300 when it hits the market. In the meantime my 7600 will stay in my shack for many years to come and will see me out.It is easy to set up and use. From the guys at the other end easy on their ears, strong audio and most importantly clean with or without my amp.I use a Heil 781 mic with it set to the correct mic settings as recommended. Absolutely a pigeon pair. Thanks Icom for a brilliant radio.
KB0VVK Rating: 5/5 Aug 14, 2015 13:18 Send this review to a friend
best  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
i am very happy but the mike gain and rf power are
hard to get to because they are to close to the mike
headphone plug.when you plug in the mike and the headphone the cables get in the way when you want to use those controls .
I put them next to the antenna button
probably cant do that because of wiring inside
K4TB Rating: 5/5 Jul 12, 2015 14:35 Send this review to a friend
New Upgrade Version  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I've owned my 7600 only for a year and did one review already, but since the new Version 2.0 upgrade has come out I figured the radio deserves a follow up review. Simply put the new upgrade is phenomenal. The highlights are the new waterfall display and the gain feature for the Automatic Peak Filter (APF) control. The waterfall display really makes it easy to see where the real signals are amongst all the peaks in the spectrum sweep. The gain setting for the APF really puts a snap in the CW audio response that makes signals much more clear. I've set mine to +4 dB.

I still think this is the best all around radio ever on the market, with a perfect balance of performance and price point. You can pay a lot more for a bit more performance with the top-end rigs but the marginal benefits are minimal, IMHO. How can you beat the fact that now you get free radio upgrades, since they're firmware, when it used to be you had to buy and install more hardware or wait and buy the next new radio for big bucks? Thank you Icom.
W4KVW Rating: 5/5 Jun 23, 2015 20:50 Send this review to a friend
SIMPLY AWESOME!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
OK,I had had my ICOM 7600 just over two weeks & know that by far it is the best transceiver I've ever owned or operated.I am a casual user & a DX Chaser & the day the rig was put on my desk it was upgraded to the V.2.0 firmware & I can't find any faults with the radio.My last rig was an ICOM 756 PRO II & the 7600 is light years ahead of that radio which I thought was exceptional.The filtering in the 7600 is far superior to what the PRO II has & the band scope & waterfall are amazing.I know now that half of the people on YouTube who have made videos of the 7600 have no idea how to operate the IC-7600 because I watched their lack of knowledge & laughed.I like an all in one package without the need of any external monitors or scopes so the 7600 provides just what I needed & wanted from a stand alone HF/6 meter base rig.Love the layout & design & the screen has great resolution & so many features I'll never use many of them.I can see me using the 7600 for many many years & I am looking forward to it. ICOM you have a WINNER with the ICOM 7600 & with the new firmware update.Love the COLOR SCREEN so stop making those UGLY & OUTDATED Monochrome displays & stick with COLOR Screens because they are much more desirable & easier on the eyes as well.The ICOM 7600 ROCKS in my shack & On The Air. {:>)
PY2SM Rating: 5/5 Jun 23, 2015 07:55 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
It's really amazing radio, easy to use, greate scope, specially now with 2.0 firmware. PC connections with USB port works very well.

Very good reception quality using my ears (not lab) in comparison with different models that I have or I've already have.

The only missed item was (not is) an IF output for SDR/panadapter purposes. I made one using a splitter easily, working...
K1PMA Rating: 5/5 Jun 17, 2015 08:44 Send this review to a friend
UPDATE from my April 1st, 2015 review.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Update from my initial April 1, 2015

The IC7600 is a fantastic radio for the price. With the new 2.0 firmware update the radio got even better.

If you can afford around $3,000 get this one, it easily beats Icom's own 7700 in price/performance costing twice as much. What you are getting in the 7700 is essentially a bunch of extra buttons.
PA3MET Rating: 5/5 Jun 7, 2015 02:05 Send this review to a friend
f/w 2.00 WOW  Time owned: more than 12 months

I have seen all updates since 1.01 ; only 1.10 was not that well and was withdrawn. (e.g. got it almost since the release)

While the release notes don't tell all details, again the TRX is a bit better.
Every time I think -- what could be an improvement I like?

It's a keeper. Would not trade it in for the newer models from other makes
that are compareable.

The only upgrade I would eventually do is an 7851 -- if I had the money that is.
The 7600 is already expensive enough.

Hardly any drawbacks I can think of.
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