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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Icom IC-820H Help

Reviews Summary for Icom IC-820H
Icom IC-820H Reviews: 22 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $1,288.50
Description: 2m/70cm dual band all mode base rig
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VK4APN Rating: 5/5 Nov 12, 2005 16:14 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Workhorse  Time owned: more than 12 months
Very good RF performance compensates for counter-intuitive programming, satellite operation. A keeper.
VE2DC Rating: 5/5 Mar 23, 2005 11:18 Send this review to a friend
Problem free  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've used it for about 5 years. No problems whatever... Some VCO phase noise. RX gain seems a little low without a pre-amp. I use one from SSB Engineering, and I can hear more than I can work with my 170W amp. I haven't used it for satellite work. A nice "appliance" for the moderately serious VHF/UHF enthusiasts.
KI4FRG Rating: 5/5 Jul 24, 2004 15:06 Send this review to a friend
Great to own!!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I am new to the Ham world so can use all the straight forward and simple equipment available. The IC-820H is such a transceiver. Great instructions and simple controls make this a dream piece for me. Strong TX and RX signals. Coupled with a SM-20 have nothing but positive reports. The standard mic worked well but had to hold very close. I can't find any fault although haven't gotten into the satellite features. E Bay purchase at approx. $500 and thrilled to have it.
KC2GOW Rating: 5/5 Oct 7, 2003 15:32 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got to operate the radio for about 10hours and it was flawless. On the two meter side I used a 13ele. yagi and the 432 side a 19ele. yagi. This radio performs like a dream at max power barefoot under contest operation. It did not quit once.

W8LON Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2003 21:51 Send this review to a friend
Great Rig!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This is a very good rig,and can be picked up quite reasonably at the occasional hamfest.Like the dual band receive as I monitor calling frequencies on ssb.More than adequate drive for any amp alittle touchy on adjustment for low power but once done leave it alone!Great receive and very selective with little adjacent user problems during contests, with Icoms chosen ssb filter.Add the matched set of Icom mast mount preamps and you have a very hot receive!Will definately hold on to mine until someone comes out with a all mode all band vhf/uhf/shf transceiver!!Dont you think us weak signal ops deserve this..
KB9YKG Rating: 5/5 Aug 17, 2003 17:37 Send this review to a friend
Great Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
Owned it now for about 3 years. It is very reliable and well laid out. I didn't use the UHF band much so I sold it, and bought as ts-711 for less money. I didn't like the 711 as much so I played around with a couple of other radios and eventually bought the 820 again. I can't seem to find a dual band rig I like any better - especially for the price you can pick them up for now.
VE2DC Rating: 5/5 Jul 14, 2003 11:32 Send this review to a friend
Does the Job  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had it for 6 or 7 years now. Not heavily used, but trouble free. Good rig for the money...
W2MSK Rating: 5/5 Jan 4, 2003 07:48 Send this review to a friend
I can't destroy it!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this radio since it was first released, about 5 years and in this time it has performed flawlessly. Great receiver with no intermod and it's connected to a Diamond X500 at 45' close to NYC! In addition, I don't know how many times I have inadvertenly hit the lock switch on my mic and placed the radio in constant transmit at high power, once for almost 24 hours. The radio, of course, became very warm but shows no ill effects and just keeps on working. At the current used price, this is a great bargain. If you need a VHF/UHF base with somewhat aging satellite one. It's been indestructable for me.
K9KJM Rating: 5/5 May 4, 2002 23:55 Send this review to a friend
GREAT Value!  Time owned: more than 12 months
The Icom 820H at todays used prices of $650-750 is a great value radio! Works super for satellite operation, Functions OK for weak signal SSB use for the casual operator, Is a dynamite FM simplex & repeater rig. My only "wish" for this rig would be the adjustable power output as on the IC821, BUT that is really only needed to drive a tube type amplifier. And can be added "outboard" with only a pot. plugged into the Accy. jack.........
W0KDX Rating: 3/5 May 1, 2001 08:45 Send this review to a friend
Overall, good, but.....  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I had an ICOM 820 for a short while. I found it to be nice, but lacking in many respects. For the high dollars you pay for it, I didn't really see such a dramatic receiver as compared to the older Kenwood TR-751A for VHF. One big gripe that I had was the inability to adjust the drive level to run an amplifier. Had to go into the radio and "tweak" which I don't like at all. What were they thinking ?

Also, since when is a 50 watt radio considered "H" for high power on VHF ? You won't work much with that. Seems like they (ICOM) missed going the full monty and putting in a 100 watt final.

I got rid of it and opted for the TS-711 which is far superior for VHF work. I didn't try the UHF side of the 820, but found if I wanted to operate satellite, it wasn't really set up well for that either. A definite step backwards.
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