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New Icom IC-9700 2m/440/1.2 All mode Transceiver

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Moleculo, Jan 15, 2019.


    SIX-SHOOTER Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2010
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    That may not be so. It depends upon where the feed comes from in the radio. You might be able to do it with lots of radios using other types of screens but when my ICOM 756 PROII screen failed the radio was a door stop. I don't like external monitors as my screen & why I have an all in one radio in my ICOM 7600. I do not want another screen nor do I need a bigger screen. I have great eye sight after having Lasik Surgery years ago & the screen on the 7600 is plenty big enough for me. I had the ICOM 7000 for several years & I tried the external screen in my mobile & removed it because it was unneeded for my wants & needs.I kept it around & sold it to the new owner when I sold it. Besides that the 700 has the clearest & easiest screen of any mobile radio to see & the color makes it even better & clearer than an external monitor due to the number of pixels in the display giving great resolution.It also took up space I could use for other things just like the big external monitors in a shack. NOT for me. Many people don't need them but they think they look Cool & that is more important than functionality these days it appears. If anyone really needs that big of a screen on a radio they should see an Eye Specialist ASAP on a serious note. It's a bunch of Hype.



  2. fourstringburn

    fourstringburn W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member K5KNM

    Feb 11, 2007
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    I hear what you say. If the display goes out on most radios, it is now useless. But, I would rather use an external display on a radio that has a video out just like your 7600 and the new 7610 and a few others that do than be out an otherwise good radio. And don't think your 7600 display couldn't burn out one day.

    What's most likely to happen with many of these new touch screen radios is they will probably last for years but by then the radio will already be obsolete along with new parts and manufacture support for them. These will them become legacy models to make way for the newer models.

    As for my IC-7000, I like my external display because I keep it on top of the dash in front where I'm always looking ahead while driving so I don't have to turn my head to see it in the radio head's present location. It's also a nice clear screen the exactly mirrors the original display and I really enjoy using it. A 2.5 inch screen is rather small and I can see it but the 7 inch screen is far easier and that to me is important driving a Big rig while operating a mobile HF radio.

    Here is a older pic of my mobile. I drive a different truck now which has limited dash space but I still have the monitor in the same general area.

    BJ radionut and RoadRanger like this.
  3. 6meter

    6meter Active Member

    Apr 19, 2010
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    I am glad that Icom made the investment in designing and bringing the IC-9700 to market. Hopefully that will encourage Kenwood and Yaesu to make similar efforts.

    Having options other then rigs like the TS2000 is great.

    My antenna situation is kind of limited, so I'm not a hardcore VHF DXer. But I like to play on 2m during contests and band openings. I currently have both an Icom 275 and the 910. So I can wait for early reviews of the 9700 and also for the street price to stabilize.

    I waited until the IC-7300 dropped in price and got what I felt was a great deal.

    Also not particularity worried about a touch screen. I use my phones a lot more then any radio and haven't had any problems with their screens. Also as a last resort a person could always use something like Ham Radio Deluxe for radio control.
: Icom 9700

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