- Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | ICOM IC 7100 Help

Show all reviews of the ICOM IC 7100

You can write your own review of the ICOM IC 7100.

VE2DIY  Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2013 23:40  Send this review to a friend!
Fantastic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought the radio as a possible replacement for my ic-7000 and I'm happy I did.

Many small thing have been improved over the 7000 when I compare both radio. If we put aside the d-star function (haven't use it much yet) I feel the radio is worth the price asked.

Improvement over the ic-7000 :
-white noise is gone, it was so tiring on the 7000 with headphones
-af gain is easier to adjust for low volume
-better audio in rx (so much better with external speaker) and tx (both with the original microphone and my modded hm-151)
-tone control in rx and tx
-swr meter on all band and current draw
-doesn't run hot like the 7000 and use multiple fan speed
-the screen display more informations, it's not just bigger and is also easier to read across the room
-double the alpha tags characters available
-the buttons are more robust
-improved dsp (7000 was very good already)
-easier to control and better implementation of the menus
-two preamp in hf
-built in rtty decoder is easier to adjust
-sd card for easy transfer of audio files and backup
-USB connection and no need of a rigblaster and all the wires to hook to the computer
-more reliable when interfaced with ham radio deluxe or dm780
-touch screen interface for quick access to many features (works well for a resistive touch screen)
-faster and better scan function (less buried in menus)
-lower power consumption
-less rf sensitive in my shack with my random wire
-easy to hide the main unit and clean up the wires in the shack
-new band added
-and more

What's missing :
-color screen (not useful on the 7000 but nice to look at)
-video output (on the 7000 the video output doesn't add more informations than the radio screen and is very limited in resolution)
-simple notch filter instead of dual
-no dtmf microphone, ok it's not that useful with the touch screen but it should be included with radio of this type
-no brackets included with the radio, come on icom !

Considering I got the radio for 1500$ and the 7000 was selling close to that not long ago, i personally consider it reasonably priced and for my use( in the shack), it's a serious upgrade to an already good radio. Add to that the d-star (it's a bonus for me) and it's probably the most complete radio on the market.

That said, I wouldn't use one in my car, specially with the winter we have here, considering that many operation are conducted using the touch screen.

I recommend to purchase rt systems programming software but don't purchase the bundle with a cable, the USB one provided with the radio do the job.

I really like that radio, it's quite fun to operate.

Product is in production.
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews please email your Reviews Manager