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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-7600 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-7600
ICOM IC-7600 Reviews: 153 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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NW3Y Rating: 5/5 May 4, 2015 18:47 Send this review to a friend
Great radio!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the IC-7600 as a backup to my IC-7700. It's an ICOM....which means great audio output and continued complementary comments from other hams. The IC-7600 is very close, in all aspects, to it's big brother, the IC-7700 at a much lower cost. The 5.8" screen is very useful and easy to work with. Having "dual watch" capability is most helpful when working split. Programming the shape characteristics of your transmissions is very easy to see and refine. The roofing filters are easy to work with and can provide a "tightness" to suit any ear. This is a solid and sturdy radio that gives you many standard functions that are available on other more expensive radios. The comments from other hams on the audio quality remains very consistent and satisfying....its an ICOM! An easy to use instruction manual and the compact size make this a suitable radio for anyone from complex CW work, SSB or RTTY. You will need a separate power supply but that's not an issue. I do like the look of the PS-126 power supply and its compact size. I like this radio a lot and recommend it highly. I just ordered a second one for another QTH.
KM6JD Rating: 5/5 Mar 30, 2015 22:08 Send this review to a friend
Absolute Perfection!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased my IC-7600 about 4 years ago. My old rig was an IC-756 (non-pro) and it worked just great. When I first saw the IC-7600 on display at AES here in Las Vegas in 2010 I said to myself, "I absolutely MUST have this radio!". I saved up some money and sold my IC-756 and bought the IC-7600 and never looked back. It is without a doubt the best HF rig I have ever owned. It's ease of operation, smoothness, easy and intuitive menu options all make this rig a clear cut winner all the way around. Never had a single problem with this rig nor with any other Icom radios in my life as a ham (42 years now). I am mostly CW and this rig is a CW operator's dream come true. The filters are astounding. The receiver is hotter than any other on the market except, of course, the higher end IC-7700 and the IC-7800. It hears everything. Recently I decided to try out PSK31 and RTTY since the rig has the encoder and decoder for these modes already built in. Therefore you don't need to fiddle around with an interface. Just plug in a USB keyboard and you are ready to rock and roll with digital. Stability? Unbelievable. This radio is as stable, if not more stable than the old Collins S-lines. If you are wondering what type of rig you really want AND you are serious about ham radio being your hobby, then look no further than this rig. I paid a lot more money for this rig 4 years ago than it is going for right now and I don't even regret having spent the additional $1K or so. In this day and age, with anything electronic, you get what you pay for. This rig is worth every single penny I paid for it and then some. Don't look any further. Go and buy one now!!
WB0WQS Rating: 5/5 Feb 18, 2015 18:28 Send this review to a friend
Ham radio dream Machine  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The IC-7600 replaced my Lightning damaged 756 PRO II.
Every time I turn the radio on... it is a joy and privilege to operate. Went above my budget and have not regretted it. Smooth tuning, great scope options, silent relay, silent auto tuner. Roofing filter is amazing, cw operating smooth, tuning is so smooth. Screen layout options are pretty cool. Still learning a lot about the radio... the usb connection, built-in sound card and Software interface. Great all around radio. Pricey for the working man... but what a dream!
K5YY Rating: 5/5 Feb 15, 2015 07:12 Send this review to a friend
Just fantastic overall rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have two Icom 7600s to go with a 756PROIII which I love too and still have it in line as a 6 meter and low band RTTY rig. The 7600 does everything I need to operate all facets of ham radio, DXing, contesting, RTTY, ragchewing... nothing lacking in my opinion, and I have been around since 1957, 58 years as a ham. Have had all the rigs through the years, each seemed to be an improvement in communication abilities, narrow filters, then DSP, great audio filtering, passband tuning, etc. When you combine everything with the screen information and panadapter/band scope, there was never a reason to go to a $6000 to $10,000 radio! Good job Icom. Keeping my Icom 7600s for sure. Great buy used at $2600 or so. A big advancement over the 746/756 series which remain great investment buys also for most hams, new and old guys like me.
W2YM Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2015 21:25 Send this review to a friend
GREAT RADIO  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Well, I have owned the IC-7800 which I loved but personal things happened and I had to sell.. Of course the nice big knobs on the 7800 was great but don't be surprised on this IC-7600... Far as I can see it is the same GREAT audio on transmit and the receive is better. That's right it is better on receive then my IC-7800. Maybe with it being a newer radio they cleaned up the receive on this one. I can't even explain how nice it is.. You will have to hear one for yourself.. I hope that Icom keeps on making them like this one.. WOW what a radio.. I have had so many HF radio's and this one is GREAT.. Wish I could give it a 10... Mark W2YM 73's.
KJ7MX Rating: 5/5 Dec 9, 2014 22:15 Send this review to a friend
A real easy rig to use!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I've had my IC-7600 for about three months now and I really like it! I've had a few Icom rigs - IC-706MKIIG, IC-746 and an IC-7000. I loved the 7000 but way too heavily "menu driven".

So after playing around with the 7600, an IC-7410 and an FTdx-3000 at HRO in Portland, OR., I came home with the 7600. The 7410 was a bit too basic and the ftdx-3000 felt really (amazingly) cheaply built. Maybe it is because I had some familiarity with the other Icom rigs, but I was able to power up the 7600 and get the basics down without picking up the manual. I really like the fact that most of the items I have to dive into the menus for are "set it once and forget it" items. I operate mainly CW with 10-20% on SSB. Mostly chasing dx, rag chewing, and some non-serious contesting. I find myself using the dual watch all the time in pile-ups.

the NB is incredible on some really nasty line noise I get on 40 & 80. The filters seem to do a good job. The audio from the receiver is good, but not "kenwood quality", referring back to the old hybrids. The more I use the rig the more I like it and the more it starts to feel like a comfortable pair of shoes. I can see holding onto this rig for quite awhile!
F4FYJ Rating: 5/5 Nov 29, 2014 07:16 Send this review to a friend
A very good rig !  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've mine since september 2013 .I use it for digital modes using in board sound card and cat system with HRD/DM780.
It work better than my Icom-7400, G8XGG interface and Sound Blaster sound card .
Very goob noise blanker and DSP.
G3RCE Rating: 3/5 Oct 28, 2014 05:54 Send this review to a friend
ok if you like noisy radios  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If you've ever operated an Elecraft K3, Flexradio or a Kenwood TS590S? then the only reason for choosing a 7600 might be because it has a pretty display! but most certainly not for raw performance.
Now if only ICOM would take the trouble to update the 7600 with a synthesizer like that of the K3?
K5RR Rating: 5/5 Oct 27, 2014 06:19 Send this review to a friend
Surprisingly good transceiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After I had to send my Icom 7800 to Icom for repair, I bought a 7600 for use in this weekend's CQWW SSB contest. I was very pleased with how it performed. The only complaint I have in comparing it to the 7800 is the compromises that had to be made in the controls because of the smaller size. But I don't consider this to be a major problem.
W3ULS Rating: 5/5 Oct 22, 2014 12:49 Send this review to a friend
Covers Nearly All Bases   Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned a 7600 for years, and find it fills the bill as an all-round rig covering just about all the bases. See previous review. I agree with the KK5DR review below, except I've had no issues or glitches.

If you are a "big gun" contester with several 180-foot towers holding multiple beams, then maybe this transceiver is not for you. I also do not have experience with digital modes such as JT65, etc., so can't comment there. But for 95% of hams, I'd say you can't go wrong with the IC-7600 as the main rig.
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