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Old 02-04-2010, 08:33 PM
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I wanted to provide this review of the ICOM IC-7000 from a completely non-technical person. I am just a user of the radio with no high tech test equipment or background in electronics.

I am going to provide the review in multiple parts allowing you to ask questions while I go. The first section is the display.

I bought the radio because I liked the display. My idea was to put the radio in my 2007 Jeep Wrangler. My Wrangler has a MYGIG stereo, which includes a 7-inch display for watching DVDís. The IC-7000 has a very cool feature. There is a video out connection in the back panel. I purchased a cable that has a 1/8 inch stereo plug on one end that connects to the radio and an RCA plug on the other. I just simply connected the cable to my stereo and I had a enlarged view of the display on the stereo.
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VERRRRY cool feature.
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That is pretty slick I must say!!!
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this radio has some other very nice features as well..
Oh and it gets out well ( on its own power)

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Nice to see some one doing a review on this radio, I know members will like it. I love my 7000 so much I am thinking of getting a second one for the truck.

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the biggest problem with the 7k is the HM-151 mike. they really are poor ,sound bassy and won't drive the rig properly unless the compressor is on.
do yourself a favor and send your mike to bob nagy ab5n, IC-7000 Mic Upgrade - Who am I? it will be the best $39.50 you ever spent.
i also had the "extra"wirght added to my mic, it feels much better in my hand now.

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hookedon6 is correct. I sent mine to Bob and am very very pleased with the results. I got the weight added also and it makes for a better feel and control of the mic.

check it out on eham reviews, Bob got 100% if I remember correctly.

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I found an extra mic on ebay so I bought it and had the seller ship it directly to Bob.

Now remember, I have no fancy test equipment, but here is what I did.

I set the mic gain at 50% with the stock mic, turned on the ALC meter.

Did a couple "claudio one two, claudio one two" (T2W reference) into a dummy load.

I was getting about a quarter scale on the meter.

I then hooked the modified mic and did the same thing, now the meter was going to the end of the scale in the red.

I did a few on air reports and EVERY person on HF said the modified sounded much better.

Now, we have a local repeater here in Chicagoland and it is "hot" and when I run that mic, everyone says I sound over deviated. This is the only repeater that I get this complaint.

I also hooked up the Icom SM-20 to the radio and the results were the same as the modified hand mic.

I will try and take a little video of this "battle of the mics" LOL
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