ICOM IC-7000 in 2023, Review.


Marius Lubbe ZS1ML

Ever since it hit the scene, the IC-7000 has been a favorite among us radio enthusiasts, from hobbyists to emergency responders and adventure seekers. The reason? It packs a ton of versatility and tech into a compact package. It’s become a bit of a collector’s item lately, as it’s no longer being made, and its unique set of features hasn’t been replicated by Icom or any other manufacturer.

Design and Construction: Here’s the lowdown – the IC-7000 is sleek, lightweight (around 2.3 kg), and its dimensions are 167 x 58 x 180 mm (W x H x D). It comes with a detachable front panel that you can mount remotely for easier access, and its 2.5-inch color TFT display is bright and easy to read even under the glaring sun. It’s a dream to use, with a color screen and dedicated buttons to quickly get you to your go-to functions.

Key Features:

  1. Frequency coverage: This little powerhouse covers a broad range of frequencies, including HF, 6m, 2m, and 70cm bands. This means you can communicate across a wide variety of applications.
  2. Communication modes: SSB, CW, RTTY, AM, FM – you name it, the IC-7000 can handle it. This flexibility lets you customize your communication style to suit your needs.
  3. High-performance DSP: The IC-7000 comes with a high-performance Digital Signal Processor (DSP) that ensures excellent audio quality and advanced filtering options for both sending and receiving signals.
  4. IF-DSP features: With features like noise reduction, auto notch, and twin PBT (passband tuning), the IC-7000 helps you improve signal reception and reduce interference.
  5. Powerful output: With 100W output power on HF and 6m bands, and 50W on 2m and 70cm bands, the IC-7000 makes sure your signal gets where it needs to go.

Use Cases:

  1. Amateur Radio: Given its broad frequency coverage, multiple modes, and advanced features, the IC-7000 is a dream come true for us radio hobbyists. Its compact design also makes it a great pick for portable or mobile setups.
  2. Emergency Communication: The IC-7000’s flexibility and performance make it a go-to for emergency services. It can handle a wide range of frequencies and modes, making sure you stay connected in crisis situations.
  3. Remote Area Communication: Built to last and with high output power, the IC-7000 is perfect for use in remote areas, whether you’re on a field expedition or living off the grid. Advanced filtering and DSP features help you keep communication clear even in tough conditions.
  4. Portable and Mobile Operations: Given its compact size and detachable front panel, the IC-7000 is a fan favorite for portable or mobile setups. You can easily install it in your vehicle, boat, or other mobile spaces.

Conclusion: The IC-7000 is a compact, versatile transceiver that offers a ton of features and performance capabilities. It’s perfect for a variety of use cases and is a reliable and adaptable tool for anyone who needs to stay connected. In fact, it’s become a sought-after piece on the secondhand market, with well-maintained units fetching a pretty penny. So, if you’re looking for a portable, user-friendly device that offers reliable communication across different environments, you can’t go wrong with the IC-7000.

As for me, I’m one of the lucky ones who’s got a great example of the IC-7000, and I can’t tell you enough how much fun I’ve had with it. I’ve paired it with an LDG Z-11ProII tuner, which complements it perfectly. I’m planning to add a Digirig soon to start exploring digital modes.

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