|Well now, I am well into my 3rd year of owning this outstanding rig. Can ya believe..in a moment of weakness I actually thought about selling my rarely used ProIII? Unbelievable, that I would EVER part with this simply awesome rig from Icom. In the past 2 weeks, I sold my Yaesu FT-450AT, and a few other components, put my ProIII in my front room, and now use it pretty much every day. This was a rig I came to view as the culmination of a lot of saving, selling, and just plain patience. I figured that since I put so much of myself into getting this rig that this was not a rig to use on a daily basis, but as the showcase, to show some that..look..look..I have the Icom 756 ProIII! So the rig sat mostly unused, except for occasional days when I figured I would blow the dust out of it. Here I am with a rig I've had for 3 and a half years with less than 40 hours of use on it. |
So now that I moved it to my Lazy Boy HF station (see my bio for an explanation). I just this week bought a Heil Handi Mic HM-IC, don't get me wrong, the stock the HM-33 I think it is works superbly. I have been getting great signal reports on an HF net that I participate in, then when I put this Handi Mic on, Thursday 8-16-12 was the first day I used..and so it started again, Mark..don't know what rig your using..don't stop. ou're the loudest I've heard so far..what mic are you using. I can't give all the credit to the mic, far from it.
I would say 99% of the credit goes to this wonderful electronic communications device known as the Icom IC-756 ProIII, the other 1% goes to this really comfortable microphone by Bob Heil.
Truly, the IC-756 ProII is a rig for the ages. Have you seen what these rigs are commanding on the used market, they are retaining almost the full market value..for a rig that has been out of production for nearly 4 years to be asking, and folks paying what they sold for new is a testament to the incredible engineering by the folks at Icom. I think the only rig that comes close is the FT-1000MP-MKV, which is another truly incredible rig. But we are reviewing the 756 ProIII aren't we? That said, since I took the protective..hand made covers off my ProII, getting my ALS-600 amp, all the antennas and the tuner to play nice,(no big deal really),I disconnected the FT-450, took everything off my operating position and then put it all back with the ProII and matching power supply back in. I have made more contacts with this rig in 2 weeks than I have in the past 6 months with the 450. Don't get me wrong, my FT-450 is/was a great rig, I had an awful lot of fun using that rig, and I'm kidding when I say I made more in 2 weeks with the ProIII than in 6 months with the 450. It just seems like I did. Recieved audio on the ProIII is so much clearer, easier to understand, transmit without a doubt, the 756 ProIII out preforms any rig I have ever had in my shack, and there have been plenty. FT-897D,FT-857D, IC-746Pro 2 different ones, 706's all flavors. I have had quite a few rigs over the past 10 years..none of them hold a candle to my ProIII. This is one rig that will stay in operation for a long,long time to come. Looking forward to having a QSO with you from me and my 756 ProIII to you and your outstanding rig.
73 de Mark
Earlier 5-star review posted by AI4HO on 2012-01-16
In 2 weeks I will have had my Icom 756 Pro III for 3 years, mine was one of the last batches of Pro III's to be manufactured by Icom before it went out of production. This rig is still impressive, the band scope is quite the thing, it as close to real time as you can get. Are there newer and better rigs out there..sure, for me though..I haven't found it..yet. The Pro III was and still is for me the culmination of 10 years of saving..buying..selling, upgrading to the point I'm at now. My other rig is a 8 year old IC-746 Pro, which in and of itself is a good rig. Will I ever sell my Pro III..can't picture it..maybe one day, when I really, really tire of her, but that time hasn't come. If you can find one of these rigs in great shape..get one, this is still a rig for the ages, still a viable contest rig, a will hold its own in most if not all applications you may want to use this rig.
73 de Mark
Earlier 5-star review posted by AI4HO on 2010-04-04
Well here we are, more than a year after purchasing my brand new in the box Icom 756 Pro III. I must say that this radio still impresses me, I get great signal reports when talking with others. I am really impressed with this rig on 40 meters, lately here in Fl. we have been having a LOT of noise in the mornings when on the Treasure Coasters Net on 7.135 from 8-9 AM each and every morning. With the ProIII I can usually not always notch out the offending noise. Whereas on my Kenwood TS-480HX the noise does get a bit over whelming. I suppose if I went ahead and installed the filters I wouldn't have some of these problems.
This review is not about Kenwood radios its about the 756 Pro III. I have not experienced any of the problems like some of the posts state. My rig has maintained all of its integrity, I use this radio daily and cannot find any fault with this rig. I know these rigs have been discontinued, if you can find a one owner rig and it is in good condition you can't go wrong with one of these radios.
73 de Mark
Earlier 5-star review posted by AI4HO on 2009-08-29
Here we are 6 months after my first review of this incredible radio. When I first reviewed this radio it was under my old call and even older log in name. My first review was as AI4HO/ and user name KI4CRA I stated that this was/is an exceptional radio. I still firmly believe that, I am still learning the tricks of the trade so to speak with this fine radio. I've learned how/when to use the PBT to its maximum effect. I do like the fact that you can change the filtering bandwidth on the fly. Comes in handy on those mornings on my 40 meter net, when 40 as we all know is great one minute then goes completly awry the next that being able to change not just the filters, but the bandwidth is one of the nic facets of this radio. Yea, most of you who have one have had one for quite a bit longer than I've had mine.
I still think that while I'm on my net and don't particularly care for the filtering on say filter2 mid, with a 2.6 bandwidth, you can change it to say 2.1 or 2.0 or even 2.9 for that matter, and then change it to soft or hard, what ever the case may be. Usually I have one filter that I call my static filter, one that I can change when the mood or the band needs it. My other 2 filter I have set and leave them be for the most part, maybe adjust the PBT, but otherwise they are set.
Another one of the nicer attributes of this rig is the notch filter, in a word WOW, this is one notch filter that works! Too many times have I had a rig and to use the notch filter was an exercise in frustration, they either were weak or ineffective, but the notch filter on my Pro III is incredible. I can and often do notch out pretty much any offending signal, even on the MN setting the notch filter does an excellent job of cutting out the offending signal/s.
While I have been known to buy and sell radios on a whim, and have done so for the past several years, and some of the radios I've owned have been really great (to me), and I have come to maybe not regret, but more second guess my decision on selling that particular radio, this one is only the third brand new radio I have ever bought. Now then I did buy a 746 Pro from a friend that was only a month old when I bought it, but sold it to get the Pro III. That was one radio I shouldn't have sold and did. But I digress. this is about the Pro III.
All in all, this is about the best overall rig I've owned. My Kenwood TS-480HX, while it did have DSP and 200 watts, the NR on it sucked. My Pro III goes great along side my Ameritron AL-811H amp, that and the Heil HM-10 dual are quite a team. I had bought the MZFJ digital SWR/WATT meter just to see what kind of power out I'm getting with this rig barefoot. I was pleasantly surprised when I checked on my 40 meter half wave tuned dipole I get a solid 115 watts out barefoot, on my Mosley TA-33 classic, I get between 115-118 watts. Quite the rig the IC 756 Pro III is, as stated before this is an exceptional radio.
Hope to catch you on the air, you can usually find me in the morning from 0800-0900EDT on 7.135MHz for the Treasure Coasters Net,, and from 0900-0930 on the CT Mobileers on 14.257MHz. have fun all remember this is a hobby not a career path, for me it is my main hobby with reading and guns following. Pray for our troops, all our brave men and women in our armed services who are serving our country with honor.
73 de Mark