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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-7000 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-7000
ICOM IC-7000 Reviews: 352 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $TBA
Description: HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver.
Digital voice recorder (DVR)
Improved AGC loop performance
2 MNF (Manual Notch Filter)
2-mode band scope
2.5-inch color TFT display with TV screen receive capability
Remote control Microphone
Digital IF filters

Available mid 2006
Product is not in production.
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LA1JQ Rating: 3/5 Jul 19, 2019 13:00 Send this review to a friend
RX power consumption - temp  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Temperature issue,
Picked up a used one on local marked.
Hoped the traditionally high power consumption level in rx-mode had beed revised in these compact rigs, but with 2A requirement, near 30W, rises temp in chassis considerably. For portable use it will 'eat' battery capacity when typical operating will be tx/rx = 1/7-9. ICOM should design rigs in a more
'green' way, by low power consumption for sustainable emergency operations. Thanks!
KG7AV Rating: 5/5 Feb 23, 2019 00:02 Send this review to a friend
Still Going Stong  Time owned: more than 12 months
Picked one up on the HRO blowout in 2014 and wrote a new-owner review. Here we are, five years later, and it's still a rock solid rig for me. Read everything in the past on blowing finals, overheating, oxidized fuse holders, and the rest. Have experienced none of it. If the quality was that variable, so be it and thank the Maker, I apparently got a good one.
VA3ZYZ Rating: 5/5 Dec 30, 2018 16:12 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio for such a small box   Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought the radio new
just a great compact radio that I have never had any problems awesome receiver for such a contact radio as a base station
Or mobile
XF3PAS Rating: 5/5 Jul 29, 2018 02:25 Send this review to a friend
Really Nice Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bougth my IC.7000 in able to have all bands on a sigle radio I just to have an IC 706 MKIIG

who have CPU failure and was beyong repair

I am the second owner of this 7000 is primary use on mobil setting at 65% never get to hot and is plenty for pump my Ameritron 500 the Antenna is a Tarhel 200 and using the mobil watt/swr keep my Swr Flat in all bands using my car stereo Display(5 inches) keep my eyes on Rest for QRO set up is MANDATORY Ferrite Beds in every wire or conection for keep the RF away
do not be afraid for the menues it will take some time to get familiar but is well worth it I had the Kenwood 480 200 watt version but I like my 7000 better
KD7RDZI2 Rating: 0/5 Jun 27, 2018 21:37 Send this review to a friend
Neither pretty nor fly for the ham guy  Time owned: more than 12 months
It isn't a cool radio. Stock mic didn't work. Non original replacement somewhat improved, still not good modulation. Ridiculous issues with the fuse holder, you may not have a clue, they oxidate easily, get warm generates erratic issues and in the end the radio shuts down. Its receiver was listed far below the older IC-706MkII in the Sherwood list. My impression is that it was marketed for the IF-DSP wannabes. You know it's kind of hard just to get a qso today, your antenna system deserve something better.
NT0Z Rating: 2/5 Jun 23, 2018 03:16 Send this review to a friend
Really Wanted it to Be Better...  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Runs hot. Menu structure is darn-near unusable. Okay -- it IS unusable! Letters on buttons are invisible unless you're 14 years old or younger. And even if you can read them, they're not at all intuitive. I thought my former FT-897 was hard to use, so I sold it and bought this -- and this is just as bad. I just want a usable radio for 6, 2 and 432 SSB/CW/DIGITAL. Might have to try to find a Ten-Tec 6N2, using a transverter for 432. Or maybe just transverters, period, if all of the mini rigs are this ornery. My KX3, while complex, is easy to figure out. Dang!
2E0EUG Rating: 0/5 Sep 22, 2017 08:36 Send this review to a friend
Badly built fragile Junk  Time owned: more than 12 months
I acquired one of these in a deal swap for swap, that was a decision I would live to regret.
For starters the receive audio is awful, even with a external speaker is lacks life and vibrancy, it has that digitized sound that is flat and uninviting, the audio sensitivity across the bands is also appalling, sure it receives OK on hf but get to 10 meters and it starts to drop off, on 50 mhz its worse and on 2/70 its appalling and deaf without pre amp on. air band is as bad as not having an antenna, the ssb tx on uhf and vhf is also rubbish, it never reaches more than 20w no matter how much gain you use.
Also every so many weeks the tx power will drop, this is caused by oxidization of thr fuses, one day you notice your only getting 60w, you then have to clean the fuses, this is a well documented fault, my solution was to solder the fuses in place, also if the radio drops 0.5 volt below 13.8 the radio will lose huge amounts of tx power, this is also well documented.
All in all this radio is a piece of junk. I wouldn't recommended it for scrap, I now have a ft 897d and it may not have all the filters and be able to decode RTTY but its a hell of a lot better than his rubbish,
And here is the final kicked that made me bin this rig and never buy icom again..
This rig has a serious design fault, the plugs on the back for C-IV use plastic cases, this means they are at a different potential to the radio, so when you plug the radio into a usb on a computer what happens ?
BANG ! ! !
This happened to me and I am not along, so be warned, unplug radio computer and everything from power before plugging in usb,
Here is a nice video of the problem from TRXBENCH
N3EG Rating: 5/5 Aug 17, 2017 19:55 Send this review to a friend
Awesome  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The receive audio is amazing once you put it on a real speaker. I have mine on a Motorola 6000 Motrac era tin can speaker, and I haven't heard anything sound this good since I first heard a S-Line at age 15. RX noise is low even before turning on the NR, which works best at only 25%. I bought this radio used instead of the 7100 because the sloping front and two-piece design of the 7100 just doesn't cut it for my style of operation - and even being out of production for a few years, it still has way more features than I'll ever use. And yes, I will fill all 500 memories by the end of next week!
KN6BOB Rating: 5/5 Oct 28, 2016 13:34 Send this review to a friend
Has worked well for me  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my IC7000 from HRO as a tossup with the Yaesu FT 897. I went with the ICOM. Have owned for about 3 yeas and use for net calls on UHF and DX on HF. Never had a problem. Using MFJ tuner and inverted V dipole. Used as a base station.
KF7VWN Rating: 5/5 Sep 21, 2016 06:08 Send this review to a friend
Nice Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
Overall, this is an excellent rig that does all modes including 2m/70cm and small enough to pack in your hand luggage when traveling. I have been all over Europe with mine as well as the US, and it seems to play well with my Buddipole. The issues described by some of the other reviewers were mostly with the early production units from what I have read, and I managed to get one of the last ones HRO had right when they went out of production. Yes, it gets hot, but I have not had any finals blow, etc and I have worked a lot of PSK31 with it and had zero issues. NOTE: This radio is good for portable ops IF power is a non issue but it is a bit power hungry. Its size makes it great for a go kit but its appetite for juice is not to be underestimated (mostly its high draw on RX mode which will eat up your battery life; on TX it is on par with most other XCVRS). If you can get a hold of a used, late production unit you should grab it. They are becoming a hot commodity and I could sell mine here (living in Germany ATM) for about the same price I paid for it new back in 2014 once the exchange rate is taken into account. Pretty good resale value if you ask me, but I am not interested in parting with it. The menus are a bit daunting at first but this is an acceptable trade off for its small size. Once you learn your way around them its pretty easy. When not portable it is my main V/UHF rig for local simplex & repeater work from my QTH and performs well in that capacity. Speaker is ho-hum, but solved that with a Sennheiser headset.
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