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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-7800 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-7800
ICOM IC-7800 Reviews: 105 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $10,000 US
Description: The ICOM 7800 HF/6M was first introduced at the Dayton Hamvention 2003. ICOM believes it is the most advanced amateur radio ever developed. It utilizes four separate 32-bit floating point TI DSP chips, has a 7-inch wide TFT display, built in RTTY/PSK31 receive and transmit using a USB Keyboard interface, plus compact flash technology. The radio features an IP3 of +40dBm and 110db dynamic range. It features two identical, fully independent, receiver circuits. There is even a separate preamp and mixer for the 6 meter band. More information, brochures, U.S. dealers, and pricing should be available soon.
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G7EMK Rating: 5/5 Aug 3, 2018 09:05 Send this review to a friend
Another World Of Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had the IC 7800 since 2004 when the radio was first introduced. I later upgraded the radio to the Mk2 by having the new roofing filters fitted. This has been one awesome radio and a joy to work over the years. The look of the radio and its performance has always been outstanding.You can now pick these radios up secondhand for a very reasonable price, and for that you are getting high quality technology.She has been a great girl for me over the years, but I have now traded her in for a younger model. The iCOM IC 7851. Says it all.
AA1JD Rating: 5/5 Mar 6, 2018 14:03 Send this review to a friend
Awesome rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I replaced my 20 year old IC-775DSP with the IC-7800 and wow I love this radio. Incredible ability to ferret signals out of a pile up or contest jammed band. During the ARRL DX phone contest last week I literally worked 4 stations all S9+20dB within a 3khz section of the band. Not many radios could do that. I also love the spectrum scope and the full second receiver. It's a real big radio with knobs for everything you could want to access quickly.
VE4MM Rating: 5/5 Jun 18, 2017 17:51 Send this review to a friend
12+ YEARS AND LOVING IT!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Purchased January 2005 from HRO and it still is my main radio.

Still current to today's products.

I bought the IC7300 and love that radio as well.

I call it my mini IC7800.
KK9H Rating: 5/5 Jun 16, 2017 11:27 Send this review to a friend
10 years and still love it  Time owned: more than 12 months
It's hard to believe that I have owned my 7800 for ten years now. A friend and I bought two of them from the same vendor to get a better price and I have been delighted with it ever since it was delivered. I have had absolutely no issues with mine at all. I do a little of everything with it. I am an active DX'er, rag chewer and occasional contester. I use it primarily on CW and also on phone, RTTY and PSK31. I love CW operation with this radio. The filtering is just outstanding. On SSB I always get excellent audio reports and the receive audio is simply delightful with no fatigue felt after long sessions on the air. I find he controls and the menu items to be logically laid out, easy to navigate and very intuitive to use. I guess after 10 years I should feel right at home with this radio. While I know that time and technology march ever forward with the release of the IC-7851, but my 7800 went from the shipping box right to my operating desk 10 years ago and that's where it will stay.
K7HIL Rating: 4/5 Jan 29, 2017 13:08 Send this review to a friend
Expensive to repair  Time owned: more than 12 months
Wish I could give category ratings. This is the best radio, by any standard I can imagine, when operating at 100 percent. The 4 rating is because my radio has spent a lot of time (months) either down or operating way below par.

My radio, purchased from AES in 2005, has cost almost as much to keep in repair as the original price of the radio! Soon after the warranty period expired the power supply failed. The PS has failed twice twice, first time I felt hostage and paid the almost $3000 for repair, second time I reverse engineered the PS and put the schematic on the Yahoo groups site. I fixed the second failed PS myself for under $10. Icom would not release ANY info on the PS and said it was a "replace only item". The 10 MHz oscillator failed and the original crystal was unavailable so I had to pay $800 for a new one. I have sent the rig back to Icom for two replacement DSP assemblies and at this time the second receiver DSP is bad, again (meaning no split or dual watch functions). The radio has never put out the full 200W on CW as measured with a Power Master meter.

All this being said, I like the radio so much when it is working 100 percent that I will most likely replace it with the IC-7850. I operate each of the modes almost evenly and have found the CW filters are better than any other - after zeroing in on the station I narrow the bandwidth to 50Hz and strong nearby stations disappear.
G7EMK Rating: 5/5 Oct 26, 2016 11:41 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic Transceiver  Time owned: more than 12 months
Having owned and worked the iCOM ic 7800 since early 2005 I feel well placed to comment on this outstanding transceiver. The radio has provided flawless communicational enjoyment for 11 years. Even today it is still a pleasure to operate and I'm never urged to consider moving away. There really is just nothing to compare with this radio apart from the IC 7851 in the market today. Yaesu have tried and failed and Kenwood have attempted with the TS 990,but really this is a keeper and THE RADIO OF SERIOUS DXers.
2E0DQQ Rating: 5/5 Aug 9, 2016 06:00 Send this review to a friend
Beautiful - and Brilliant!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The radio is summed up in one word for me: Awesome. Yes, it is expensive. Even the second/third hand markets you're still going to be spending in excess of 3,500 (UK) but in my opinion, it's worth every single cent (or penny in my particular case). The radio is a joy to use and ergonomically is just a joy. Easy to setup with options that give you the very best performance. I compared the 7800 to my 5000MP which I thought was the best radio I'd ever used on CW until compared with the 7800 - no contest - 7800 wins by a country mile. My advice: If you can get one, go for it!
W0QC Rating: 3/5 Jul 22, 2015 19:49 Send this review to a friend
Dead CI-V   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Nice rig except the CI-V interface is dead

XE1ZLG Rating: 5/5 Oct 7, 2014 22:57 Send this review to a friend
DX dream machine !!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have been amateur radio for 20 years and have had many Yaesu radios in my hands, last one was a FTdx 5000D. I usually work wire antennas, most of the time a longwire with 9:1 UNUN- 90 feet long , I live in Mexico city were there are at least 30 AM BCB stations at 9 + 60 dbs in any receiver I use. Only the IC 7800 can handle this kind of Front End overload, with FTdx 5000 most of the time I had S-8 band noise level in 40 meter band, with IC 7800 most of the time is S-4/5 both with Preamp 1 ON.

Super ergonomic desing, all digital DSP REALLY works, NB is superb and much better than Ftdx 5000, Roofing filter REALLY WORKS ( Ftdx 5000 roofing filters are toys ). Icom slogan that tells " If you can copy them you can work them " IS REAL( super low noise floor with ANTENNA CONNECTED , yes, may be Ftdx 5000 or Elecraft K3 may have better BDR or IMD DR but IP3 and IP2 intercept points are not in the same league...... these means they have higher noise floor with antenna connected ). I think only Hilberling PT 8000 could be in this IP3 and IP2 intercept points league. New IC 7850 with new DDS ( less phase noise ) and new 1.2 khz roofing filter will ge the radio in top of Sherwood list . If you really want a SUPER LOW NOISE RECEIVER FOR DX ......SPENT YOUR MONEY IN AN ICOM 7800 or 7700, NOT IN AN EXCELLENT CONTEST RADIOS LIKE FTDX 5000 or Elecraft K3. Hope this helps !!

This is a digital radio that has an analog feeling !!!

XE1ZLG Luis Gtz. Mexico city.
VK2CCJ Rating: 5/5 Mar 16, 2014 17:16 Send this review to a friend
Best Ergonomics & Great dual receivers  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Probably most of this has been said before no had it for about 4 Months. Not a professional review though I have had 30+ years in avionics) but someone who has and does own some top quality Ham and Commercial receivers and a couple of SDR's

Probably what struck me at first was the size and weight this has a switch mode power supply ? Weighs as much as my old TS950SDX did with an linear supply.

looks more like the test gear I used at work carrying names like Racal, Rohde & Schwarz etc than a Ham Rig. Controls just feel like quality

Best layout of controls Main and Sub just so intuitive, and a simple hold down to change filter settings ,

Solid metal front panel rare these days

Now I have owned this 7800 for some time (bought second hand instead of a TS990) I decided to give my thoughts, I have limited antennas currently a mobile Scorpion screwdriver on a tripod and a BabyLoop Magloop . also have other TX's fully loaded K3 and a JRC 245 and a Anan-10 SDR

I find myself using the big Icom more and more just nicer to use for long periods, Better noise blanker than my K3 for my local noise. The colour display gives me everything I need at once if needed. Why did Icom go away from the colour just so much easier to look at.?

The Spectrum and waterfall not as good as the P3 on the K3 but very usable now with the Ver3 firmware. I like the spectrum is configurable and use it with a VLF RX converter for the 2200 and 630M bands. Be nice if I could turn off the first digit so it reads 472khz rather than 4472 but can't have everything.

The receivers are great , handles high power locals no problems often use the RX only on Ant Port 4 on the second receiver on a separate receiving Pixel 1B loop also, love the duplicated controls all ready at hand , easy access to most functions as to be expected on a rig this big. Had a TS950SDX also very large and heavy.

Best and silky smooth VFO control love the acceleration so no need to change tuning rates to get from one end to the other quickly, or use the 1/4 turn for digital modes and CW .

I have two 50KW bcast stations nearby and no breakthrough on 160M at all .unlike a JRC245 I have,

As I don't run an amplifier the 200W is adequate our limit in VK is only 400W anyway. Don't tell the other VK's :)

For ease of use and performance the best Tranceiver I have owned and the receivers are right up there too.

If I have a couple of criticisms it is the display is a little dull in daylight and the lack of a IF output otherwise a more variable and adjustable noise blanker and NR system.

Best 73
Cliff VK2CCJ

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