ICOM IC-7000 (sold)

I owned my ICOM IC-7000 just from the start when it was released in Europe. Now it is discontinued but followed by ICOM’s IC-7100.

It was used mainly for UHF/VHF and even performed very well in some 70cm contests in 2009 and 2011. I keep it in my station setup as it is a very small all band all mode rig.


Information in German on the ICOM IC-7100 is available here: ICOM Europe IC-7100

If you are interested in the IC-7000 specs have a look here. This is from ICOM America

The Superior IF DSP is Now Available on Mobile HF, 50MHz, 144MHz and 430/440MHz bands

Read the QST Review of the IC-7000 here!
*Click the image to view the PDF review.

IC-7000 review

DSPIF DSP — First in its class

Digital IF filter, manual notch filter, digital twin PBT and more. The latest digital features are incorporated in this compact radio from two DSP chips that deliver superior processing performance. Of course, those features work on all ham bands, from HF to the 70cm band.

AGC loop performance controlled by DSP

AGC time constant settingYou will never experience AGC pumping from a signal filtered out by the DSP system. The digital IF filter and manual notch filter are inside the AGC loop, so you will not encounter AGC blocking. The AGC time constants are flexibly adjustable from slow, middle, fast (or AGC-off) for each operating mode.

Digital IF FiltersDigital IF filters

All the filters you want at your fingertips! You will never have to purchase “Optional” filters as the IC-7000 has adjustable digital filters. You just dial in the width you want and select whether you want a sharp or soft filter shape for SSB and CW modes. Then to pull-in the the weak ones, with a quick turn of the concentric twin PBT knobs, you can either narrow the IF passband, or shift the entire passband to eliminate the QRM.

2-point MNF (Manual notch filter)

Manual notch filterPull out the weak signals in crowded band conditions with Icom’s NEW two-point MNF (manual notch filter). Apply 70 dB of rejection to two signals at once! Notch width is adjustable-wide, medium, and narrow – and an auto-tuning notch filter is available, too.

Digital noise reduction

Noise reduction reduces background noise and improves signal-to-noise ratio. The noise reduction level is adjustable in 16 steps. It improves the readability of voice and data signals.

Digital noise blanker

The noise blanker reduces pulse-type noise such as engine ignition and sparking. The NB level and width (blanking duration) are adjustable in 100 steps.

MOS FET PA units35W output in 70cm band

High power MOS-FET amps supply 35W output power on 430/440MHz band as well as 100W on HF/50MHz bands and 50W on 144MHz. It provides stable, high quality output with low IMD and low spurious emissions even during high duty cycle and extended operation.

High stability crystal unit

The IC-7000 incorporates a high-stability master oscillator, providing 0.5ppm (-0°C to +50°C). A must for data mode operation.

Icom origignal DDS circuitDDS (Direct digital synthesizer) circuit

Icom’s original DDS (Direct digital synthesizer) circuit improves the C/N ratio, providing a clear, clean transmit signal in all bands.

Compact, all in one package

The IC-7000 sheds 20mm (25/32 in) of depth compared with the IC-706MKIIG.
Its compact body is easy for carrying outdoors or mobile operation.

8 direct access buttonsUser-friendly key allocation

Eight of the most-used radio functions such as NB, NR, MNF, and ANF are controlled by dedicated function keys grouped around the display for easy visibility. One quick touch turns the function on and off. A longer touch activates adjustment of the function-s setting.

Digital voice recorder (DVR)

Voice RX memoryRecord your callsign, CQ, or other information in 4 transmit playback memories with alphanumeric labels. A total of 90 seconds is available for the four memories. A front panel REC control allows you to record incoming signals for up to 25 minutes (99 channels)*. The DVR makes portable contesting or mini-expeditions a breeze!
* Up to 120 seconds per channel

Built-in RTTY demodulator

RTTY decode screenThe RTTY demodulator and decoder are built-in. External units and PC are no longer required for decoding. The twin peak audio filter reduces interfering signals overlapping the tones and the tuning indicator helps you zero-in with accurate tuning.

Remote control microphone, HM-151

The HM-151 has a 10-keypad for quick channel selection. The triple band tacking register memorizes the last three frequencies and modes used on each band. Push the band button once to three times to recall the channel setting. The F-1 and F-2 buttons are programmable as shortcut menus of your often used functions.

2.5 inch color TFT display

The 2.5 inch color TFT display presents numbers and indicators in bright, concentrated colors for easy recognition. You can choose from 3 background colors and 2 font styles to suit your preference, in addition to a large operating frequency readout. And more, the Video output jack on the rear panel allows you to view a magnified display on an external monitor*.
* 3.5(d) mm monaural cable is required for connection.

SSB transmit bandwidth adjustable

The SSB transmit bandwidth is selectable from 100, 200, 300, 500Hz at the high-pass edge, and 2500, 2700, 2800, 2900Hz at the low-pass edge respectively. 3 types of high and low combinations can be set in the quick set mode.

TFT Display

2-mode band scope

Fixed mode band scopeThe band scope function lets you watch conditions around the band and visually assists in finding other stations. In center mode the band scope range is centered on the receiving frequency (±10kHz to ±250kHz). In Fixed mode the band scope sweeps a fixed range.

Multi function meter and SWR graphic display

Multimeter screenThe IC-7000 displays power level, SWR, ALC and compression level of the speech compressor. The SWR graphic display is useful for tuning antennas. The measuring step is selectable from 10/50/100/500kHz steps and the number of measuring steps is adjustable from 3 to 13 steps.

Other outstanding features

  • Front panel separation with optional 3.5m/5m separation cable
  • Selectable main dial tension from heavy, light and click
  • RF speech compressor controlled by the DSP
  • CW full break-in
  • CW receive reverse
  • CW pitch adjustable
  • Tone squelch in FM mode
  • 503 memory channels
  • Built-in voice synthesizer announces operating frequency, mode and signal strength
  • Duplex mode and automatic repeater function
  • Transmit monitor
  • DTMF monitor
  • 1Hz tuning
  • VOX
  • CI-V interface
  • RdeltaTX
  • RF/SQL knob
  • Large speaker
  • Auto TS function
  • Thermo control silent cooling fan
  • Noise squelch and S-meter squelch
  • Preamplifier
  • Dial lock
  • 20dB attenuator

Rear Panel

Source:  ICOM America  http://icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/hf/7000/default.aspx