Luckily the 9700 price dropped like a rock. I've been seeing some go used for about $1500 now. I have a linear amp I'm saving for otherwise I'd be looking to see if I could find one used for 1200.
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The 705 looks to be a cool rig but I suspect it will be in the Elecraft price range.
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On Nov 22, 2019, 8:12 PM, W7ABD < w7abd1@...> wrote:
I have had my eye on this one ever since it was announced...
The IC-705 is a QRP rig, so power output is low by design. What I
really like - it's a true SDR and has the same basic design and
Waterfall display as the 7300. Which I love!
This rig would make an awesome RFI noise hunter.
But Icom really blew it when they released the 9700 - way over
priced! So worried they will do the same to the 705 and put it out
of my reach... Just have to wait and see...
On 11/22/19 17:50, Ryan - KJ7GIE wrote:
Is the IC-705 interesting?
Portable HF/50/144/430 All Mode at 10W with external supply / 5W battery color display with scope.
If I was just starting out I might find this very interesting because it has the scope. Now that I own more cheap handhelds than I can carry at once plus the IC-7100 I don't find this as interesting. It looks cool as a portable though and supports a few things my 7100 doesn't. The max output power of 10W seems low though. All of the other Icom "mobile" radios @ 13.8v do at least 50W. Interested in your thoughts.