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Icom IC-705 All mode portable radio (With free SPX-100 antenna)~


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Icom IC-705 All mode portable radio (With free SPX-100 antenna)~
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The new portable HF/VHF/UHF IC-705 has many great features such as SDR platform, internal battery, GPS, Bluetooth and D-STAR, all in a compact and lightweight body. The Icom IC-705 uses the same 4.3 inch colour touch screen display as the best selling IC-7300 and IC-9700 featuring real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display.


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Icom IC-705 shack in a rucksack

Preliminary specifications

  • HF/50/144/430 MHz Multimode Operation

  • RF Direct Sampling System

  • Real-Time Spectrum Scope and Waterfall Display

  • Compact and Lightweight Design/li>
  • BP-272 Li-ion Battery Pack or 13.8 V DC External Power Supply

  • Maximum Output Power 5 W (BP-272), 10 W (13.8 V DC)

  • Supports Connections Using WLAN/Bluetooth® Technologies

  • GPS Functions

  • microSD Card Slot

  • Micro USB Connector

  • D-STAR Functions

  • Programmable Speaker/Microphone

  • Compact size 20cm*8cm*8.5cm weighing 1kg with battery installed

  • Optional LC-192 Backpack, Ideal for Field Operations

  • CSV file for use with CS-705 is work in progress thankks to Barry G4BUD for your help

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Superb bit of kit
Moved to the coast where there are lots of Fauna and Flora activation sites, bit like SOTA but with out the hills lol, so been building a go box with quick deployment aerials the IC-705 is a terrific radio to add in. It has an immense amount of features to cover all interests, I only tend to operate on CW on HF, but love a rag chew on VHF/UHF so has all I need, as a QRP operator this is ideal, I will have a little 50 watt amp after Christmas which should be more than enough to deal with various pile ups with an efficient aerial. Well done Icom, and Moonraker for their excellent customer service. 73 all stay safe and all that stuff. Review by richy G0VCW / (Posted on 23/12/2020)
Fabulous radio, spiritual successor to the FT-817/818
I have a FT-817ND and it’s a great radio but this IC-705 is just awesome. First week, did a 2m SOTA and had a pileup for an hour. Listening back to the audio recording the TX audio was just beautiful and the RX was pretty easy to pick out despite being on a hill. The bandscope gives a great view of the band and makes it easy to flick around for signals. Bandscope is way better than that of the FT-991A by a country mile too. Review by G2DS / (Posted on 29/10/2020)
It’s a keeper
As a QRP enthusiast, my interest in the 705 is as a ‘shack in a box’ covering HF and V/UHF bands - in truth, a replacement for my 19 year old FT817. I have not been disappointed. The radio worked out of the box and I found I could access basic TX and RX without reading the enclosed short form manual. However, I strongly recommend that you read the manual before you try any serious operating. The radio is sturdy and the controls are firm. The touch screen is not over sensitive - I found that the best results were to be had by placing my fingers on top of the radio and using my thumb to activate the on screen buttons/boxes. This also stops the rig moving when pushing buttons. The of screen push button switches are firm and positive, use of finger nails is recommended as they are smallish and often co-located. The menu system took a little getting used to but after a couple of days use, I reached the conclusion that it had been well thought out. There are a few oddities, so read the book! Performance will be objectively assessed elsewhere, but the RX did not fall down under contest conditions. Sensitivity seems good on all bands. I found it necessary to reduce the RF gain when listening on the lower HF bands as the ambient noise at this location was strong enough to produce what I can only describe as ‘ringing’ in the CW bandwidths. The RX attenuators must be of the order of 20dB, hence using the RF gain to control the ringing. This effect was not present in wider RX bandwidths, SSB etc. Quality of received audio was excellent in both phone and CW modes. On transmit, I can say that CW full break in mode is poor. It only returns to receive in between words, not individual dots and dashes. There is also an audible T/R. It clicks gently rather than clangs and I find it acceptable. I cannot speak for data modes and digital phone operation as I do not use either.

Overall, I doubt that any purchaser will be disappointed. I question whether it will be much used by backpackers as it is rather heavier than, say, a KX2 and it does not have an onboard ATU. I’m in the process of evaluating the supplied battery’s endurance and will post a further review in due course. It took just a couple of hours to top up the battery - received with a 40 per cent charge - using the 5V charger for my iPad. The battery will, it is claimed, charge more rapidly when the rig is connected to the 13.8V supply. Oh, a final note, the onboard GPS finds satellites very rapidly, even indoors. Review by Chris. GU3TUX / (Posted on 08/10/2020)