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of the ICOM IC-7600.
Nov 19, 2012 20:34
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Among the best
Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I waited a few months before writing this review. I owned a lot of radios from different brands like Kenwood, Yaesu and I had a IC-756 some years ago. My most recent radio before this one was a FT-950 and I had a K3 for a brief moment but did not like the ergonomics and it felt cheap and plastic. To expensive for a kit built radio no matter how it performed (at least as good as the IC-7600). To me it did not rectify the price when loaded with options (more expensive than the IC-7600 for a kit radio).
Back to the IC-7600. Opposite to the previous reviewer I think the screen is great. It can hold a lot of information and I tend to use it a lot in the multi meter mode. I do use the band scope and it turns out to be useful to.
The great benefits to me is the built quality of this radio and the layout of all the knobs and buttons. All important stuff is on the front panel and lately most other radios in this price range suffer from that. Most radios these days have to many menus to set important things that IMHO need to be present on the front panel without going through to much trouble.
The IC-7600 does have menus to but accessing them is easy and thanks to the big screen the menus are text and easy to understand and not those stupid numbers so you always need a manual to know what function you're adjusting.
The radio runs cool all the time. I only use the IC-7600 to drive (25-35 watts) my Acom2000a. A very fine combination. The only remark is that whenever the internal fan goes on, it does make a bit more noise than I was hoping for but it hardly comes on even after some hours of operation.
Another strong feature is the way I can do split mode and dual receiver (watch). Icom has a very good reputation and knows how hams like to work with a radio. I think Icom has one of the best ergonomics on the market today.
The noise reduction is top notch and way better than what I got on my Yaesu radios, its even better than the K3. I can't review the noise blanker because I never used it, I think I'm lucky to live in a noise free environment. The twin-PBT does a good job and there's a lot of tweaking at your disposal to set audio both in rx and tx which is a great benefit to me. I get great reports using both my Heil headset and PR781.
Filters are good, not exceptional. The receiver is very quiet and for us Europeans, its selectivity on 40 and 80 meters is very good.
Looking back at the ergonomics, the finish, the receiver and the transmit qualities I rate it 5. I know there's always room for improvement but the IC-7600 deserves more than just a 4. In my shack the radio never missed a beat. I hope it will keep on doing that for years to come.
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