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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-7300 Help

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GI0ZGB  Rating: 4/5 Feb 17, 2019 14:15  Send this review to a friend!
Icom 7300 HF/6/4  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Because of my experience with the Icom 7800 Mk2 I was reluctant to purchase Icom again.
So I waited, read reviews from reputable sources, before squeezing the trigger.
After using the IC-7300, I was impressed by its build quality and its clear informative display which allowed quick familiarization with its impressive array of features and real world capabilities.
This little radio is a true stand-alone direct-sampling, digital up-conversion SDR.
Icom has a class winner with the SDR performance, intuitive touch-screen and the no nononsense USB computer interface.
This radio delivers a lot of bang for the buck.
Like all SDR's it suffers from front end overload when massively strong stations draw near. In this instance it is necessary to back off the RF gain, switch out the pre-amps and perhaps introduce some attenuation. The Kenwood down conversion architecture is much more robust in this regard, but certainly not immune to the same conditions. The 7300 can hear the grass grow, in quiet conditions its weak signal reception is without peer in its class. I find the internal ATU worse than usless, even in Emergency mode, all my Kenwood internal ATU's are much better.
But when hooked up to an external auto ATU this ceases to be an issue.
The TX audio quality, even with the standard mic is crisp and clear, being adjustable via a menu item.
The lack of a HDMI jack to allow an external panadapter display was a disappointment, or even a Kenwood style DRV output to allow the use of SDRPlay or similar with suitable third party software would have been a desirable option.
The RX audio, even with the tiny internal speaker is good, but I run mine through an Asus STX 7.1 soundcard and into a Loigitech studio 5.1 sound system which can be tailored via an internal EQ capability that will shake your windows and rattle your walls when cranked up.
And then we have the RS-BA1 version 2 software. Even with firmware update 2.10 it's still buggy, agricultural, and does not compare well to competitors offerings. The software does not allow the scope to be used when working from a remote location, major bummer.
My workaround is to use TeamViewer to directly access the base computer and run RS-BA1 on it gaining the scope function in that way.
All in all, I'm probably tempting fate, but this little radio has restored my confidence in Icom products. 
Product is in production.
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