New Transceiver from ICOM: IC-7100
ICOM has shown the new IC-7100 at the JARL show in Tokyo. The interwebz is buzzing with information, including a preliminary data sheet.
My scan of the preliminary datasheet indicates that this radio is in the class of the IC-7000 or even the IC-706. It covers all modes on HF plus 6 Meters, 2 Meters and 70 cm. (It also has the 70 MHz band which is a nice add for the European countries that have that band.) The radio includes DV (D-STAR) modulation capability and has a new touchscreen user interface. The slanted control panel is meant to make the touchscreen more accessible.
A new HF plus VHF/UHF radio always gets my attention (see my plea for an FT-950 with 2 Meters). I am starting to think that the real benefit of this rig is the addition of D-STAR capability, which would a good but not essential feature to have.
What do you think?
73, Bob K0NR
Update (30 Aug 2012): Universal Radio has the radio on its website.
There’s a good video look at the radio here.
VIRUS WARNING. I JUST DOWNLOAD THE DATASHEET AND WAS GOING TO EMAIL IT TO MY HAM BUDDY. MY EMAIL WAS BLOCKED FROM SENDING. IT SAID THE PDF HAD A VIRUS ATTACHED. BE FOR WARNED.
Good morning Bob, I think the touch screen is long over due and for mobile op’s it may be a big help. I hope the touch screen is of good quality as it can be a pain touching and touching to get on action done….or touching for a function and getting something else instead. Touch screen is great as long as it does what it’s told to do….or would that be what it’s touched to do.
If they can add 70 MHz for the EUs, why can’t they add 222 MHz for us? Inquiring minds want to know…
This thing has a touch screen, but it still needs 16 buttons? And a zillion more buttons on the mic? That does not say a lot about the usability of the touch screen interface. It really looks to me like the touch screen is way too small — or maybe I just have big fingers.
And… built in D-STAR? Really?
A black and white display? Seriously? In 2012?
Jeff: you know, they had to put buttons all over it or it wouldn’t be a “real radio” yaknow. 🙂
I am afraid to ask for what the price will be. probably 1699.00 to 2000.00+
I agree with k8gu why not 222mc
This is great for 4m here in the UK with Es etc but it will cost some crazy amount I am sure, far more than the US 🙁
Also why no 136 and 500kc/s bands they are all bands allocated at WRAC. In the UK we have 500 and 136 like most contries. What has ICOM got against these popular bands??????