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ICOM IC-7000 REVIEW

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Happy_Hamer, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. Happy_Hamer

    Happy_Hamer Administrator Staff Member

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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 DVD’s. 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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  2. Robb

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    VERRRRY cool feature.
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  3. TonyV225

    TonyV225 Supporting Member

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    That is pretty slick I must say!!!
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  4. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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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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  5. airplane1

    airplane1 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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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.

    AP
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  6. hookedon6

    hookedon6 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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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. (y)
    i also had the "extra"wirght added to my mic, it feels much better in my hand now.
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  7. airplane1

    airplane1 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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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.

    AP
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  8. Happy_Hamer

    Happy_Hamer Administrator Staff Member

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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. (y)

    I will try and take a little video of this "battle of the mics" LOL
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  9. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Yes the SM-20 Desk Top mike works great with the IC-7000
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  10. Mr. Doug

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    Nice Radio.. I just sold one..and sold 706 as well.. both great.. had Mics modified also.. you will enjoy it for sure.. buying new Alinco HF that came out last week.. just playing with radio's LOL..
    Doug
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  11. Lazybones1222

    Lazybones1222 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    keep your eyes on the road.....
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  12. mechanic

    mechanic Active Member

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    I kinda thought Happy_Hammer was looking quite close at those 7000s at Dayton!

    mechanic
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  13. Happy_Hamer

    Happy_Hamer Administrator Staff Member

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  14. C2

    C2 Well-Known Member

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    That's cool on-screen...I forget can you plug in a keyboard?
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  15. Sonwatcher

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    That's pretty neat Hamer !
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