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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-7610 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-7610
ICOM IC-7610 Reviews: 72 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $5,245.00 AUD
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KE4WY Rating: 5/5 Jan 8, 2019 23:57 Send this review to a friend
Nice Rig  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
We have owned this IC-7610 for around 9 months and it has operated trouble free, easy to setup and operate.
NN6EE Rating: 5/5 Jan 8, 2019 02:04 Send this review to a friend
BEST SECONDARY RIG!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I applaud my 7610 in ALL RESPECTS, and I can't find ANYTHING ABOUT THE RIG TO "NIT-PICK"!!! PERIOD!!! Our main rig is the ELECRAFT "K-LINE", but with our 7610/SPE 1.5K-FA amp both of them kick ASS!!! So with ELECRAFT K-LINE & IC-7610/SPE 1.5K AMP we CAN'T LOSE!!!

For our 7610 our price was "$3810" !!!
K4TB Rating: 5/5 Dec 30, 2018 20:01 Send this review to a friend
Another in the Fine Icom 7xxx Series  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've owned most of the IC-7xxx series, starting with the 756, then the 756 Pro III, the 7600, and now the 7610. All of them set the mark in their times for a fine, general purpose, state-of-the art transceiver with leading-edge features. The IC-7610 certainly continues the tradition.

As soon as I turned on the IC-7610 for the first time I was immediately impressed by the clarity of the audio. Signals that were not even moving the S-meter and buried in the mud were still Q-5 copy! Stronger signals were studio quality copy.

Since the 7600 I've been hooked on the dual watch feature for working DX on split operations. Now the 7610 carries it a step farther with a fully separate second receiver. Instead of just using the same band and antenna, each receiver can be used separately for things like monitoring 6 meters with one while operating 20 meters with the other. The tracking function allows full space diversity reception which can really enhance intelligibility. Minor nits: The volume knobs are wiggly but I can live with that; the new touch screen layout for accessing many features takes some getting used to but eventually makes operating more efficient it seems; and when a speaker is plugged into audio out jack #1 both receiver audios go to the outboard speaker instead of #2 going to the internal speaker. You have to plug in speakers to both audio jacks to get full audio separation.

An idea I have for Icom if it's feasible would be to take advantage of the dual SDR receivers and add a software revision to provide a noise cancellation capability digitally, emulating the analog technique used in the Timewave and MFJ external noise cancellers on the market. After all, (at the risk of hearing growls from software programmers everywhere), "it's only software, right?" :)

Another great radio - thank you Icom!

KC2FQ Rating: 3/5 Dec 21, 2018 16:37 Send this review to a friend
Followed the hype  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm not as enamored with the 7610 as most of the other reviewers here. I too "upgraded" from the 7300 and found some features the 7610 actually doesn't have and found others much harder to use. I'll admit right up front I'm picky but I believe many here, even the ones who put up "WOW 5.0" reviews, will agree with at least some of my issues.

First impression - it felt cheap in the knobs. They all wobble a bit and the plastic feels thinner than the 7300 but that might be my perception because of the larger size and stature. This radio lacks several buttons the 7300 has and wastes the massive increase in front panel real estate on useless ones. MP-W and MP-R Ö really? I'd MUCH prefer UP/DOWN buttons or how about MEM/VFO. Speaking of the memories, the 7300 held splits in the memories for repeater use - 7610 does not and the lack of a MEM/VFO button makes getting to 60 meters and other memories unnecessarily cumbersome. The lack of an UP/DOWN button adds to the difficulty working with the memories and other functions in the rig.

One of the main reasons I "upgraded" was for the ability to scan around on the bands while doing FT8. To do that you must switch to the sub band which of course drags FT8 with it. I discovered it still receives on the main band but the FT8 panel shows the sub band freq and you know what happens when you tune around too long when the FT8 software doesn't "like" your frequency.

Icom could have done much better with this rig. I do not see it as being worth 3 times the 7300 especially when you actually give up a few features and functionality. Granted some of these things I've complained about would matter very little if at all to a hard core contester but for me they did. If you're a 7300 owner looking to "upgrade," I implore you to at least spend an hour with one at a hamfest or friend's house to make sure you can live with these issues. There are more but then I'd be nit-picking a bit too much. I'm sure some will feel I'm already doing that. I am returning the rig and I will either go back to the 7300 or try something else. I wish that new Yaesu was out already!
WD1V Rating: 5/5 Dec 11, 2018 16:00 Send this review to a friend
Wow!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Upgrade from a 7300 12/10/2018 - Ham 56 years - Into radios and scopes

New 7610 picked up at HRO and installed. Migration was easy - same mic, power cord, coax for antenna,
USB, MacLoggerDX connect, and key, simple enough. Turned it on and its just been wow, wow, wow.
Iím just kind of taking it in segments - [whatís this? - oh, wow, OK] - again and again. It doesnít
fail to amaze or wow. Its high quality. And the receive audio is the best Iíve heard. Everyone sounds
so good. Even signals that are just above the noise floor pop up, out, and sound great.

Iím using the second receiver in tracking mode 50% of the time - its like great * 2 - very awesome
stereo. Lovely. And the other 50% same antenna but looking at CW spectrum on the left and SSB
part of 80 on the right with completely independent filters, scopes, PBT settings, and volume and
RF gain controls. Splits are trivial. Definitely warrants a nice pair of matching speakers.

73 and a very Merry Christmas de WD1V
K7NG Rating: 4/5 Nov 6, 2018 17:46 Send this review to a friend
Pretty darn good radio.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I dearly love(d) my Ten Tec Orion, but it appears that components made of unobtanium are making it an excessive challenge to keep on the air. So I went out to find a replacement. I chose the IC-7610.

I find that it has a few 'wowee, gee whiz' features but really I am interested in operating CW in contests and DX pileups, plus digital modes in casual situations... and ease of operation, ergonomics, and basic performance specs are of more interest.

Control of the RX filters. Three stored values of which the parameters may be adjusted.

The noise reduction is great, and works very well in CW mode, which in my experience is the exception.

CW QSK TX is quite adequate. I don't send fast enough to bump my head against the QSK limitations some folks have griped about, I guess.

The CW audio boost is NOT as good as the Orion, though it works somewhat. This with the NR does get some pretty rough signals up to good-copy status.

The SSB TX seems to be very clean and bright sounding, according to on-air checks I've made.

I do like the I/Q output which interfaces to HDSDR. Heck of a band scope. At least in my configuration, I only get radio <> HDSDR control of frequency. Not mode, and no sub-rx marker or anything. I don't know if this is 'normal' or if I'm doing something wrong. For general band watching I haven't any complaints other than I never liked the way HDSDR looks.

.... Not as good (IMHO)
I wish I had a single button to push to bring the manual notch function into operation.

I'm not particularly impressed with the performance of the noise blanker.

The 'Digi-Sel' preselector is probably nice if you're in a multi-multi contest operation or field day, or have a lot of high-power hams living down the block, but it didn't have any discernable positive effect in my situation through a couple of contests I dabbled in.

I have noted that the receiver seems awfully prone to A/D converter overload with AGC OFF, but I seem to get by with using AGC most of the time where I'd have turned AGC off on the Orion. With AGC, overload doesn't seem to have occurred, ever. Maybe a future firmware update will improve this issue.

Why on earth can't the two meter displays be set to monitor different functions? You can bring up a 'meter all' feature so it should be quite possible to monitor two different functions simultaneously with those nice pseudo-analog meters. Maybe in the future?

The fan seems to be kinda noisy and comes on when the temp gauge isn't any higher than normal.
No show-stoppers. Overall, I think the IC-7610 is a great radio so far, and I'm not going to work very hard to find 'issues' with it. The price tag is shrinking a little and since it will probably be the last radio I ever buy, I'm not feeling any buyer's remorse.
K7BIT Rating: 5/5 Oct 26, 2018 09:05 Send this review to a friend
OGM!!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Excellent radio, great feature set, good manuals, exceptional user interface/ergonomics. benchmarked against TS-890S, TS-990S its a better all around radio.
WB6UQA Rating: 5/5 Oct 17, 2018 20:07 Send this review to a friend
Very Good  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
You can transmit on the second vfo by pressing the split button.You can go on the second receiver and turn on the NB and NR.I have a IC 7300 but use the 7610 more.
KB2EOQ Rating: 4/5 Oct 16, 2018 20:51 Send this review to a friend
Very Good but a few things Icom could add   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am quite happy with this transceiver now that Icom kept their promise to add direct I/Q out . Prior to that, I could not consider it a TRUE SDR. I took one star off because of the way Icom chose to unveil I/Q via HDSDR and not give other authors a chance to develop use of I/Q . It would be REALLY nice if the Icom interfaced better with CW Skimmer and/or SDR-Radio Console. Icom could thrill the world if they could add FT8 via a firmware update, I'm not sure if that is possible.

Another missing feature is lack of ability to transmit from the second receiver side. Under most circumstances , if you want to transmit to someone you are hearing in receiver 2, you have to flip the VFOs so that B becomes A. For casual users not a big deal, but it is a bit of a hassle. Similarly, you have to do some gymnastics to stop software with CAT control from reverting to VFO A if you are using software (like WSJX, Fldigi, RMS Express) to monitor VFO B. For keeping an eye on several digital mode bands at same time, I find the Flex 6000 radios to be more "flexible" .
While several reviews have mentioned how well laid out the radio is, I do find a few things on the right-hand side difficult to find in a darkened room and the "change" VFOs button is hard to quickly reach.
The menu system and touch screen access is pretty good but awfully confusing at first , even when reading the manual . The on screen "scope" is very good, you can make many useful adjustments to the default setting. The scope to monitor your own transmissions is VERY useful . Sitting at a desk and operating the radio is a pleasure, it "feels" like a real radio but with all bells and whistles . Forget the temptation to use a big screen monitor and external 'scope" displays. They look pretty but you don't really need them unless your vision is EXTREMELY impaired . The remote capability via Win4IcomSuite by VA2FSQ is very useful and easy to set up.
I have owned 9 other HF transceivers over the years, NONE have caused the same reaction I experienced when I first turned on the 7610 with antennas connected , the quietest receiver I have experienced . CW is really a joy on this radio. The bult in CW Keyer is very functional. The RTTY and PSK31 decode/encode works well , not as deep-in-the mud decode as MMTTY or TT , but overall quite good. Commander and Winwarbler from DX Lab Suite make logging a 7610 via CAT control easy (throw out HRD ... please ! ) . The internal antenna tuner is "OK", but it will not even try to tune anything over a 3:1 SWR (maybe that is good because it has forced me to make my antennas more resonant) .

Finally, an SD card for saving configurations is the best thing since sliced bread with bacon. It has saved me many times . The SD card will become a close friend.

Andy K3UK (ex KB2EOQ)
F6DFY Rating: 5/5 Oct 8, 2018 16:03 Send this review to a friend
Amazing  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The best transceiver in its price range.
The only one has two wonderful identical receiver, even three with the I / Q output on the latest software version.

Used in shack with two speakers Roland, excellent audio, almost stereo in position tracking (two VFO same frequency)
In addition,it is really very beautiful.
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