Icom 7000 and contest conditions

John Geiger <aa5jg@...>

Last Thursday I turned the Icom 7000 on using 40 CW, put the bandscope in slow sweep mode, and noticed some big signals 30 KCs up or so, so I tuned up there to see what was going on. It was the NCCC sprint which I had forgotten about. I had the 7000 set up for normal 40CW operations-preamp off, 500hz filter, sharp filter, fast AGC. One thing I quickly noticed was that the receiver seemed to be getting hammered in this sprint. The AGC was pumping badly, and it just didn't seem to be up to the task. Signals were difficult to copy, as they were being affected by other signals outside of the passband. I hadn't noticed this problem with other small HF/VHF/UHF rigs like the Yaesu FT857D and Yaesu FT100D, which I have run in contest conditions also.

What was going on? Did I have the rig set up incorrectly, or is the receiver in the Icom 7000 just not up to the task for this type of operating?

73s John AA5JG

73s John AA5JG

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