Re: New to the group

Adam Farson

Hi Bill,

It is probably safe to say that there will be no dramatic changes in
IC-706MkIIG pricing until the IC-7000 has passed FCC certification and is
released for sale in the US market. If the radio will be "unveiled" at Tokyo
HamFair 2005 in August, we can expect to see US availability in 1Q/2006.

Concerning 220 MHz, there is no amateur 220 MHz allocation outside Region 2.
The radio manufacturers perceive our 222-225 MHz allocation as somewhat
tenuous. It is a chicken/egg problem.

Yaesu may come up with a competing 100% DSP-based radio if their first
venture into "pure" IF-DSP design, the FT-DX9000 series, enjoys some success
in the marketplace. They are currently test-marketing the basic ("D")
version of the 9000 in Japan.

Kenwood....hmmm, don't think so. Their latest HF offering, the TS-480, is
analogue. They do not seem to be fielding a DSP engineering team.

Cheers for now, 73,

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill []
Sent: 14 March 2005 04:21
Subject: [ic7000] New to the group

Hi All

I joined because I am interested in this new radio by Icom. I own the IC
706 Mk2 G . I think it is the best out there for the price and versatility.

I have two questions, does anyone have any advance knowledge of when the
706 will be discounted and closed-out? And when will it happen. If at
Dayton they close them out for $500 , that would be a heck of a deal! In
2003, they were closing out the Yaesu 817 for $400 at Dayton... so it could
be possible. ( They closed out the 817 to make way for the 817ND)

My only beef with the new 7000 would be that 222 Mhz. will be excluded
again. At the very least , Icom could have provided a optional module to be
installed for 222 Mhz.

However the 7000 with 500 memories and 35 watts on UHF and better filters,
would likely be worth the difference in price between a possible closeout
price of the 706 and a possible selling price of $950 for the new 7000.

Makes me wonder what Yaesu or Kenwood will come up to match the 7000. What
ever the case, if the 7000 is just as reliable as the 706Mk2G. Then Icom
will have another winner on its hands. Just look at the reviews of the
706Mk2G, out of 292 reviews it ranks a 4.5 (out of 5) on
exceptionally high.

Bill in KY

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