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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Icom IC-71 Help

Reviews Summary for Icom IC-71
Icom IC-71 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 3.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Icom's very first 6m multimode base rig
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KU4QD Rating: 3/5 Oct 29, 2002 16:01 Send this review to a friend
Interesting, probably great in it's time, limited use today  Time owned: more than 12 months
It's kind of weird to write a review of a radio that was marketed well over 30 years ago. Both technology and VHF operating practices and modes have rendered this radio, which was introduced way back in 1969, totally obsolete. That isn't the fault of the radio, though, which was probably truly outstanding in its time. I can't give it a high mark because I can't recommend it to anyone but a diehard Icom collector. I can't give it low marks because it does everything it was designed to do very well indeed, especially considering when it was made. On to technical details...

The Icom IC-71 was Icom's very first multimode 6m base rig. The rig was marketed from 1969 to about 1972 and is the predecessor to the venerable IC-501. The IC-71 was sold only in Japan, but obviously some have made it out to the rest of the world. The rig is all solid state with an analog VFO for tuning. Modes of operation are AM, CW, and FM. There is no provision for split operation. FM repeaters simply didn't exist on 6m when this rig hit the market. Features include RIT, an SWR meter, and squelch.

Tuning is extremely coarse on this rig. Turn the knob a little and you move a whole lot. The display is easy to read and foreshadows the very nice IC-201 and IC-501 analog VFOs. Output power is 10W, at least on CW and FM. Despite being a solid state rig you do have to tune it up a bit. Documentation on this rig is almost impossible to find, so one tidbit: the four pin mic. is not wired the same as later Icom four pin mics. Wiring is the same as *current* Ten Tec rigs.

Receiver audio seems a bit less full than modern rigs but is OK. Transmit audio is decent but nothing to write home about. Receiver sensitivity isn't nearly as bad as I expected, though still not as good as a modern transceiver. Still, for the modes it covers the IC-71 is very usable. I can copy CW beacons with no problem. I could also copy the one surviving 6m AM net in this part of the country. You'll never know exactly what frequency you're on with the display, but you'll have a rough idea.

Overall, this is an interesting radio and is probably something an Icom collector would want. For most people a newer rig makes a lot more sense, even on AM.

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