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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Icom R-70 Help

Reviews Summary for Icom R-70
Icom R-70 Reviews: 6 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $399.99 (1982)
Description: General coverage and ham-band receiver from the mid-1980's. 0.1 - 30 MHz, AM/SSB/CW/RTTY reception with optional FM board
Product is in production.
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SHORTWIRE Rating: 5/5 Feb 27, 2014 12:38 Send this review to a friend
One of the Best  Time owned: more than 12 months
This must be one of the best receivers ever, outside of very expensive commercial ones. the sound is more pleasing than my new TS-590, which is not bad as such. large signal performance is very good. the tuning is certainly much more convenient than the kenwood, three buttons for step size, located right next to the vfo, and only 100 steps around the dial, as opposed to the kenwood which needs surgean's fingers to tune in exactly, and where you need to enter the bloody MENU to change it. yes, i know, there is the FINE button, but it changes the step size so much that what you really get there is only the choice of Too Fast and Too Slow.
It's the very fine grained dial that spoils it for me. it's too hard to tune exactly. but i guess i should save that for a review of the TS-590..

The R70 has no such problem..

It once survived a ligthning strike nearby, even the onboard fuse turned into two metal cups and a pile of what looked like gravel, presume it was the basic elements calcium sand and soda. the glass was reduced to that, no splinters of glass to be found anywhere.
Now THAT'S what I call blowing a fuse.. :-/

I put in a new fuse, and it worked as good as new..

The dont build them like that any more!

Somewhere inside, possibly top side upper right(dont remember any more, did this mod 20 years ago) there is a three or five pin regulator that supplies most of the radio. It is known to be badly soldered. fix this and it'l keep going many years still. mine is from midt 80'es and still going strong, allthough it might need a bit of contact cleaner soon.
STEVEQ Rating: 1/5 Sep 20, 2013 10:43 Send this review to a friend
Dead  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I could die of old age before I find info from Icom on how to repair/replace the power supply. Once the power supply goes, and from what I hear it goes far too often, the unit is dead........worked ok while alive, audio was average but had fun with it until last month
KC0KEK Rating: 5/5 Jan 8, 2011 18:44 Send this review to a friend
Still a solid performer  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I lusted after the R70 when it came out, but it was beyond my teenage budget. Now 40, I finally bought one, and it's everything I hoped it would be. The sensitivity is fantastic, particularly on MW.

Over the years, most reviews have knocked two aspects: the quirky way of stepping through bands and so-so audio when using the built-in speaker. Audio is always a matter of taste, of course, and I find the R70's just fine for extended listening and second only to the Drake R8. As for changing bands, I agree that the design is not ideal—perhaps that's partly why Icom replaced the R70 with the R71 relatively quickly—but I've gotten used to it.

I've also heard, including from dealers, that the R70 has fewer failures than the R71.

All in all, a solid DXing rig.
F6GGR Rating: 5/5 Jan 8, 2011 14:54 Send this review to a friend
A very good one  Time owned: more than 12 months
It has no memories, but we can do without them. And it does NOT have these bloody menus. All is under your finger! The commands are like these of a classical transceiver. As a receiver, it works well, standing strong signals very well. Just add a good external speaker and you will enjoy both SSB and broadcasts.
KPAX2 Rating: 5/5 Dec 24, 2007 01:25 Send this review to a friend
Laboratory Grade Receiver  Time owned: more than 12 months
Superb Dynamic Range, Super low noise. Laboratory Grade Quality, built like Professional test Equipment.
KB4ZEB Rating: 4/5 Feb 4, 2007 22:42 Send this review to a friend
Fun Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was a fun radio to operate, NO memories,but nice to tune around and listen to ham bands
and shortwave. It tuned in rtty and wx etc fine
thru my PK-232 TNC, Pretty radio for the station
and fun to run,,THO I would recommend a external
nice quality speaker,,ZEB--KB4ZEB

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