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Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | ICOM Q7A Help

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AH6RH  Rating: 1/5 May 21, 2003 03:51  Send this review to a friend!
Intermod  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Overall, this is a good, small walkie. The form factor works for those who wants something small, light, and doesn't eat batteries fast while on standby. The RX audio is good, and I put a mini-stubby antenna to keep the form factor small.

An interesting feature is that the call button selects the call frequencies. Rotating the selector knob alternates between C1 and C2 calling channels. This is a good means of selecting call memories. Too bad it didn't have 4 call memories -- two each for VHF and UHF.

For enhancements, the radio could also use autodialer memories for allowing control operators to control repeaters.

However as mentioned to Icom before, what keeps otherwise-good radios from being rated good is the lack of real radio circuits -- good receivers, good transmitters, good tuners. Features, packaging and audio without quality radio circuits won't cut it. If it isn't a radio first, it isn't a radio.

The receiver is prone to pick up intermod outdoors in high RF environments. If it picks up intermod on a stubby antenna, it'll pick it up on a full sized duckie antenna. And, a radio such as this that squawks away because of intermod totally defeats the benefits of radio monitoring with a very small, light, stealthy unit.

Too bad. If it wasn't for that, I'd give it a 5. 
Product is in production.
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