I actually love this radio and will consider buying another. My negative comments are nothing more than irritations to a perfectionist like myself.
No cooling fan to fail.
Actually put out a smidgeon more than 65 watts.
Plenty of power settings.
TX audio sound quality is real good but the audio gain is a little weak.
The frequency/channel knob feels real nice.
Push buttons are solid feeling.
The radio feels real solid and good in your hands.
Crack it open and you will see high quality components and workmanship.
The Not So Good:
Only 6 alpha characters for memory names.
Banks are limited to "A" through "J".
Only 200 memory channels.
Only 3 scan edge pairs. Isn't memory cheap these days? Give me 20 scan edge pairs and 500 channels and 8 characters! I have had this radio for many months and still have not figured out how to use the scan edges. The manual does not tell how to use scan edges. I am no stranger to ICOM scan edges and use them all the time on my other radios.
Volume a squelch knobs have sloppy/lose feeling bushings. I expect a nice feel on the knobs from ICOM.
There are two programmable function keys on the mic: F1 and F2. These keys memorize system status for instant recall including the frequency. However, screen color is not memorized. Also, if you are in memory bank mode and listening to a channel in say bank "A" and you press F2 which pulls up a channel in bank "B" you are still in bank "A" mode.
The LCD signal strength meter lights two segments at a time. I have a personal pet peeve where the sales literature shows something like 20 segments to a LCD meter and you don't find out until you own the radio that there are really only 10 segments of accuracy because they are tied together in pairs. Also, the signal strength is not in "F" units.
When you enable DTMF the first character of the memory name is replaced with a "d". Why???!!! Is DTMF some big scary thing that ICOM needs to replace the first character in my very limited six character name with a "d"?
Data cloning is done through the speaker jack. Since this radio is designed for digital operation and has a data port, why not use the data port instead?
For many commands the CLR (clear) key on the mic is used as an Enter key. Since the mic has an ENT(er) key why not use it to mean Enter all of the time?
The SO-239 is sandwiched into the heat sinks and is hard to tighten. Give me some room on the next version.
Would like to see a "Hi" power indicator on the LCD. All the other power ranges are indicated.
Illuminated buttons for night use would be be great.
No setting for LCD contrast / view angle. The viewing angle is set for about 15 degrees above center.
The software, although better than no software, is typical of ICOM--no cut and paste, no select & move operation, no export/import and no printing. ICOM people are morons when it comes to software.
Not Yet Known:
How hot the radio gets in the summer months.
If ICOM Was Brilliant:
They would make this radio in either a 70cm version or dual bander. This is a real nice form factor for a dual bander.
Give me 75 watts like the V8000.
Give me a detachable head.
Give me decent software.
Updated on 03/10/2008 06:30:49 PM