ICOM IC-9700

Direct Sampling Brought to the VHF/UHF World

Specifically built for the VHF/UHF weak signal operator in mind, the IC-9700 is a RF direct sampling receiver for 2m and 70cm, with a single, down conversion for 23cm with an IF Sampled receiver between 311 – 371MHz. This design provides a quiet receiver with the power of Icom’s DSP technology along with a robust PA providing 100W on 2m, 75W on 70cm, and 10W on 23cm.

Band Management

In addition to band specific memory channels, the IC-9700 allows band specific receiver and transmitter settings. For transmit, users can make adjustments to RF power, TX power Limit, Limit Power, and TX Delay by band. Basic receiver settings, like the Noise Blanker, Noise Reduction, and others can be tweaked by band with a dynamic Notch and Filter setup by band/mode.

Other Planned Features Include:

  • All mode, tri-band transceiver covering 144, 430/440 as well as 1200MHz
  • Supports CW/AM/SSB/SM/RTTY and D-STAR DV and DD modes
  • Digital Data (DD) mode provides 128 kbps data communication
  • PA provides a powerful 100W (144 MHz), 75W (430/440 MHz) and 10W (1200 MHz) output
  • 4.3″ touch screen color TFT LCD
  • Smooth satellite operation with normal/reverse tracking and 99 satellite channels
  • Real-time, high-speed spectrum scope & waterfall display
  • Dualwatch operation and full-duplex operation in the satellite mode
  • Supports 2 wave simultaneous reception (different band / different mode), full duplex operation.
  • D-STAR Terminal and Access Point mode (RS-MS3A/W)
  • Dual D-STAR receive (decodes two voice streams simultaneously)
  • Full duplex operation/Dual Watch (no V/V or U/U Capability)
  • Main or Sub-Band Scope (Center/Fix mode +/-500kHz Center Mode)
  • Audio Scope
  • CW full break-n
  • 0.5ppm frequency stability with 10MHz external reference input
  • Voice Recording/playback function (SD Memory Card)
  • Ethernet Port (Internal RS-BA1 Server)
  • USB audio and control connection
  • DR Memories: 2,500


Frequency coverage 144.000–148.000, 430.000–450.000, 1240.000–1300.000 MHz
Number of channels 107 (99 Simplex + 6 Program scan edges + 2 CALL) × 3 bands, 99 (Satellite) , 2000 (DR function)
Antenna connectors 144 MHz SO-239 (50 Ω),
430/440, 1200 MHz Type-N (50 Ω)
Power supply requirement 13.8 V DC ±15% (Negative ground)
Operating temperature range −10 °C to + 60 °C; 14 ˚F to 140 ˚F
Frequency stability Less than ± 0.5 ppm (–10°C to + 60°C; 14˚F to 140˚F)
Frequency resolution 1 Hz
Power consumption
Less than 18 A (High power)
1.2 A typical (Standby), Less than 1.8 A (Maximum audio)
Dimensions (W×H×D)
(projections not included)
240 × 94 × 238 mm,
9.4 × 3.7 × 9.4 in
Weight (approx.) 4.7 kg, 10.4 lb (approximate)
Output power (HF/50 MHz)
144 MHz
430/440 MHz
1200 MHz
0.5–100 W
0.5–75 W
0.1–10 W
0.125–25 W
0.125–18.75 W
0.025–2.5 W
Modulation system
Digital PSN modulation
Digital Reactance modulation
Digital Low Power modulation
Digital GMSK Reactance modulation
Digital Quadrature modulation
Spurious emission
144 MHz
430/440 MHz
1200 MHz
Less than –63 dB
Less than –61.8 dB
Less than −53 dB
Out-of-band emission
Less than −60 dB
Less than −60 dB
Less than −50 dB
Carrier suppression More than 50 dB
Unwanted sideband More than 50 dB
Microphone impedance 600 Ω
Receiver system 144, 430/440 MHz RF Direct Sampling
1200 MHz Down Conversion IF Sampling
Intermediate frequencies 311–371 MHz (1200 MHz)
Sensitivity (Preamp: ON, Filter: SOFT):
SSB/CW (10 dB S/N)
AM (10 dB S/N)
FM (12 dB SINAD)
DV (1% BER) (PN9)
DD (1% BER) (PN9)
Less than 0.11 μV
Less than 1.0 μV
Less than 0.18 μV
Less than 0.35 μV
Less than 1.59 μV
Selectivity (Filter shape: Sharp)
SSB (BW: 2.4 kHz)
CW (BW: 500 Hz)
RTTY (BW: 500 Hz)
AM (BW: 6 kHz)
FM (BW: 15 kHz)
DV (12.5 kHz spacing)
DD (300 kHz spacing)
More than
2.4 kHz/−3 dB
500 Hz/−3 dB
500 Hz/−3 dB
6 kHz/−3 dB
12 kHz/−6 dB
−50 dB
−40 dB
Less than
3.6 kHz/–60 dB
700 Hz/–60 dB
700 Hz/–60 dB
15 kHz/–60 dB
20 kHz/–60 dB
Spurious and image rejection ratio
144, 430/440 MHz More than 70 dB, 1200 MHz More than 50 dB
144, 430/440 MHz More than 60 dB, 1200 MHz More than 50 dB
1200 MHz More than 50 dB
Audio output power More than 2.0 W (1 kHz, 10% distortion) into an 8 Ω load

All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Source:  ICOM USA