- 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

Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-746 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-746
ICOM IC-746 Reviews: 256 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $ICOM IC-746.
Description: HF+6M+2M Multi-mode transceiver
Product is in production.
More info:
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the ICOM IC-746.

Page 1 of 26 —>

WM4RB Rating: 5/5 Aug 7, 2018 14:22 Send this review to a friend
Great Rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had mine for more than 15 years and never had any problems with it. Love the radio.
BURGERLOVER65 Rating: 5/5 Aug 6, 2018 10:36 Send this review to a friend
Great HF VHF radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
This radio does everything I need it too. Every time I think about buying something more modern I nix it and think about all the money I'm saving! Recently I added a QF-1A filter I feel like I have a completely new transceiver. When I want to play with sdr I have an RTL SDR I bought for $23 so who needs an Anon Schmanon, I see 7300, or any of the high faulting stuff out there because nothing can make me more satisfied than the equipment I already have.
W4KVW Rating: 4/5 Oct 22, 2017 22:41 Send this review to a friend
Very Good Transceiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Well I picked up an ICOM 746 a couple of weeks ago & it works great as did the 1st one I owned many years ago & the Two ICOM 746 PRO's I have also owned.The only issue I can find with the radio is the internal tuner is not operational.That is not a real issue since I plugged in an MFJ 929 Auto Tuner with the ICOM interface & it tunes very fast.I still hate the monochrome display but for the price I paid for the radio I can live with it.It is just a backup radio to my ICOM 7600 on HF/6 meters or 2 meters where I use my ICOM 275A so I don't do any serious DX Chasing with it.It's just a spare & something I goof off with.A lot of folks would love having one as their main rig but I prefer a radio with a band scope so I can find those signals without spinning the VFO so much.It's a much better deal on a transceiver than the IC-718 or IC-7200 in my opinion.I use it with a ClearSpeech Base DSP unit like I do with all of my radios that I use on SSB & AM & it's just as quiet as most any high dollar DSP transceivers.If it had a real time band scope display & not the monochrome display it would rate a 5 but it will never be a 5 to me.It is a very good transceiver for what they cost today on the used market so get yourself one & you will be very pleased with the 100 watts output on all bands including HF,6 meters,& 2 meters.It's an ICOM & it don't have an unwanted & useless touch screen display so I'll keep it a while.
W8KMA Rating: 5/5 May 18, 2017 11:34 Send this review to a friend
Just sounds right!!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Nice rig!! This 746 works better on HF than the other TS-2000 rigs I have had in the past. The 2000 was always noisy on HF and got annoying.

Operating on 2 meters is pretty close between the two... I would say the 746 has a more realistic S meter... Both worked well on the 2 meter band.

I did have to repair the back light regulator on the 746, but not a big deal...( Lots of info on line about that. I replaced the faulty transistor with a bigger style 220 case )... And still, NO harder than replacing the burned out bulbs in the TS2000 with leds.

I do wish I could monitor 2 meters while operating HF with the 746 as the 2000 can do, but maybe I don't know what I am doing!! Ha ha!! All in all, I feel the 746 is a great rig and can't see it going anywhere soon.. It just works and sounds great!!
W2WHT Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2017 18:08 Send this review to a friend
great radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Before purchasing this rig, I consulted the reviews here on EHAM and they were very helpful in my making the decision to buy this transceiver so thank you to those who took the time to record their thoughts on this transceiver.

I purchased my IC746 used and when it arrived it is in great condition and obviously well cared for by its previous owner. Prior to this, I have used an IC706 and an IC745. I have not ever operated any of the current 'state of the art' transceivers so all I can compare this transceiver to is what I know. Comparatively speaking this transceiver is a world apart from the units I have used and for me has been a huge upgrade.

The internal antenna tuner has its limitations and this fact was brought to my attention by several others reviews. I use an LDG Z100 tuner externally as my antenna is not as good a match as the internal tuner would prefer (3 to 1 or better). The tuner integrates directly with the transceiver. The addition of the external tuner was handled pretty much automatically by the rig.

I have a PDF copy of the manual and it is very well written and covers the various aspects of the radio in clear and understandable language. This manual is still available from the ICOM AMERICA website.

The DSP is very useful and does make a big difference during noisy conditions. Even without the DSP the IC746 seems to be very good at isolating and getting the best out of all signals you can hear.

I paid $500 for the radio and to be quite honest I am very pleased. For the amount of HF comms I do this radio will be all I would ever ask for. I will add I primarily work SSB so I have not tried this radio on digital or code so if those are your interests I would suggest to continue your research to make sure this rig would be a good choice for you.

If you are looking for an upgrade to your HF setup, this radio would be well worth the money if you can get one for a good price as I did.
R2ABT Rating: 4/5 Nov 29, 2016 11:08 Send this review to a friend
Big for a field, small for a shack  Time owned: more than 12 months
Bought it last summer in along with PROII. Thought to choose the best of the two. Found both of them very similar in regard of RX/TX quality. Apart from spectroscope on the PROII, that makes the latter a bit better. Decided to keep both. Last month tried to sell 746-th, but later changed my mind. Let it be a 100 W rig for field days, when have had enough of QRP. A little bit big of course. Much bigger than FT-857 e.g. But also much better.

73! de Peter R2ABT
AB8JH Rating: 5/5 Feb 27, 2015 18:03 Send this review to a friend
A Classic   Time owned: 6 to 12 months

I remember first encountering this rig in the shack of my late elmer after it was just released by Icom. I was using a 706MkII at the time, and the twin passband tuning and 100 watts on 2 meters just blew me away. Between the autonotch, variable noise reduction and the pbt, this rig could dig out ANYTHING. At least, it seemed to me then. I've heard older hams talk about their favorite radios like Collins gear, the Kenwood TS-830, etc. I guess for me the IC-746 falls into that category.

I can second the reviews of those here who say this radio is an incredible value for the newly licensed. Actually, its also an incredible value for those on a budget wanting a great base radio that does it all, and/or those who just need a capable backup radio.

If I want to be truly objective, I'll be honest and say this radio has a “noisy” receiver compared to a 756Pro and doesn't quite match the filtering of the IF-DSP enhanced IC-7000. However, its surprising how good the AM receive is for broadcast stations, compared to the 7000. Yes, perhaps this radio won't compete with newer offerings from Kenwood, Icom and Yaesu. But, it doesn't cost the same as a good used car either, does it?
W1GHR Rating: 5/5 Jan 16, 2015 12:57 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Okay, I am new to the ham radio world. I will say that, I took a technician class at Montgomery College, in Rockville Maryland and, passed the test on November 8th, 2014. I was given an ic746 for free and, I am still playing around with it and I, am not in any way an expert on the radio. I will say this though, I have a 43 foot vertical antenna which, I bought from zero five antennas. I only have the antenna set to the 144 mhz. I have just bought a, three way antenna switch so, I guess that I will try the other frequency. I have one other question, and that is, what do I need to or, can't this radio be hooked up to my computer or, the keyboard. I really can't wait, to try the HF bands. Any help or ideas would be very helpful.
K9TH Rating: 5/5 Dec 30, 2014 07:30 Send this review to a friend
Great Rig - ahead of its time  Time owned: more than 12 months
I just recently purchased my second IC-746. I purchased my first one new in 1999, used it daily, and loved it. Unfortunately, when 9/11 hit, I lost my job,was out of work for over three years, and ended up selling just about all of my accumulated radio gear just to make it through, including my IC-746.

This radio is simple and intuitive to operate and has a boat load of features, especially for when it was introduced back in the '90s. The large digital display introduced on this radio is still featured on all of Icom's high end rigs. The built-in DSP filters are amazing in their ability to filter out unwanted signals. The band scope is very functional and a great addition.

What I find very telling is that many features that were included in the IC-746, which at the time was not a high-end rig, are now only included in their high-end radios. The IC-746 has all HF bands (except the ones not available at the time of original manufacture) plus 6M and 2M. The equivalent model today, the IC-7410, has 6M but does not have 2M. You have to jump to the IC-9100 which sells for nearly $5,000 to get their high-end rig that includes both 6M and 2M all mode capability.

If you find one that is in good condition buy it. It is a lot of radio for the money. For the average Amateur working HF on the weekends or evenings with a limited budget. this radio is unsurpassed.
AC5RM Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2014 08:10 Send this review to a friend
Reliable Old Workhorse!  Time owned: more than 12 months
As a new General class ham in early 2013, I was desperate to find an HF radio to enjoy my new privileges with. While looking through the state newspaper, I saw an add for ham radio equipment for sale. I called the gentleman who told me what he had for sale, among which was a IC-746.
I called my elmer to ask if this was a good radio, as the price was very reasonable. He was quick to tell me it was a deal. A 5 hour round trip drive later, and it sat on my desk, looking like new. In the nearly two years I've had it, it has been absolutely flawless. I've made WAS and DXCC with it, plus many more, and ragchewed to my heart's content. Having full 2 meter capability is an added bonus.
I'm quick to recommend to anyone this radio, and in fact assisted another friend in acquiring one recently as well. I may very well upgrade someday to a 756 Pro3 or the likes, but this little rig will stay with me. I'd give it ten stars if I could.
Page 1 of 26 —>

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