New ICOM IC-705 has be announced at the Tokyo Ham Fair this weekend.

https://www.hamlife.jp/2019/08/31/icom-ic705-release/

https://icomuk.co.uk/Icom-IC-705-and-IC-PW2-Prototypes-Shown-at-Tokyo-Hamfair-2019/2/1982/

47 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing beats the YAESU FT-817/818 for QRP. Even with 6 watts on the FT-818 they are still the best little rigs around. I’m keeping my.

  2. I agree, a little concerned with battery life and always liked the internal tuner on my IC-703. At least ICOM came to the table with an interesting QRP radio even if not perfect. Yaesu’s 818 – what an insult.

  3. This radio, “DOES NOT” have an internal tuner. It has a port on the side so you can interface an external tuner with this radio. But…..NO INTERNAL ATU !

    Even though i only use resonant antennas, no internal tuner is a deal breaker for me.
    Watch some YouTube videos about hams operating portable QRP. Take note to how many use non resonant antennas.
    The internal battery is rated about 2000 mah. If the radio, with its big screen, draws the same receive current as the IC7300, that would be 800 ma per hour. This equates to about 2 hours and 15 minutes of receive time before the battery dies. Now work a few Q’s in that time frame and you’ll have a dead battery in no time flat.

    Now you have a fairly large radio to go back packing with and you’ll have to carry along an extra battery and an ATU. Yes, Elecraft has a great LITTLE ATU that will work great with this radio, but it’s just one more thing that you have to carry along.

    As much as this is a full featured one radio do all, no ATU is a major issues and they use a poor choice for an on board battery.
    Barry

  4. Looks like a nice radio for QRP. We do hope there could have a reasonable price and power consumption could be really like advertised. 10w are not too bad even if with DC.

  5. Supposed to have the 70 MHz band for EU.

    No ATU mentioned in the slick. I’d be surprised if it had an ATU due to its size. No room for L’s, C’s & relays.

    Why the concern for waterproof?. Very very few HT’s are waterproof. How many HF rigs are?

  6. Hi Stephan,
    you’re right, size and weight matters. I have an 818ND and an Elecraft T1, love them two. I see no reason to replace them.
    I had a fully stuffed KX3 (just not the 4m/2m module) and a PX3 too. I took the KX3 once (1) on vacation. Too expensive, too many holes in the chassis, too many cheap knobs sticking out and – unbelievable – not an ACC port. I sold the lot half a year ago.
    Why have a KX3 for portable work with a terrific receiver with a TX which can produce only up to 15 Watt? Most of the time nobody is going to hear you.
    73

  7. Gust ON6KE: You are right, this is a real bummer! At least for me it is a kind of a no no for this neat little rig 🙁
    There are small tuners arround like the Elecraft T1. But this a gadget more to carry on portable operations…
    OK, lets wait for the KX4 🙂

    73, Stephan

  8. Annonymous: Just look at the top left of the screen, right beside the red TX sign…there is a battery symbol.

    73, Stephan

  9. Don’t see any battery symbol on there. Were you, DF6PA, maybe looking at the minus sign that probably refers to setup for a repeater?

    I think I’d still prefer an 817 (or 818) from Yaesu as more compact in height.

  10. Although interesting, I don’t see the relevance of a QRP rig on a DX website – Unless Icom is a sponsor, of course. I’m not knocking Icom, I love my IC7300.

  11. 222MHz??
    Why is this band always (almost) ignored???
    If it will not have 222, I won’t consider it.
    222 is slowly being used more in the US, especially where there’s a lot of repeaters clogging up 2M and 440. The more hams we get on 222, the less likely the FCC will take more of it, or all of it, away!!
    But, if 222 is not reasonably easy to get on, fewer hams will use it.
    If fewer hams use it, it’s more likely to be GONE……..

    Hopefully the EU version will have 4M too.

    Looks like it will be a really nice radio though. Probably expensive.

  12. No ATU is such a big disadvantage, can’t understand Icom. 🙁 USB connection with a more or less outdated micro usb plug is also unbelivable.
    The band coverage is really great. GPS, Bluetooth, Wlan are also really great.
    In my opinion a outstanding qrp radio but not a great outdoor radio.

    73, Stephan, DF6PA

  13. No internal tuner 🙁 MicroUSB connector not a USB-C 🙁 Icom seriously? 🙁
    Same batteries as on the IC-51 🙂

  14. First I have seen of this one. Bluetooth?
    I don’t see an internal ant. tuner in that photo, maybe in the menu?
    I have the 7300 and 7610. Both are excellent transceivers. I’m not trading my 7610 for either the new Kenwood or Yaesu.
    Go Icom!👏

  15. as always, wait for one year after initial release before buying it. I bought the very first IC7000 in Europe, a real disaster, and bought a second one three years later that now still is working brilliantly in my car.

  16. IC-705 zapowiada się interesująco, ładnie wygląda i pewnie będzie miał dobre parametry. Zapewne wypełni lukę w nowoczesnym sprzęcie HF/VHF/UHF o niewielkich wymiarach i niedużej wadze. Szkoda, że nie ma ATU ale przy tych wymiarach i wielopasmowości trudno się temu dziwić. Używam z dużym zadowoleniem od kilku lat IC-7300.
    73 – Mietek SP3CMX

  17. May be it could be a very nice mobile radio but i doubt it could be a nice portable radio. The gorgeous display will drain also a lot of energy. So may be it could be not the perfect choice for SOTA operations. We will see.. In any case thank you ICOM for making new radios..

  18. Looks like successor of IC-703 10W portable transceiver but may be much improved.
    This one include 144 and 430 MHz bands as well as HF-6m.
    5W output with internal battery and 10W when external power supply is used.
    May be not built in ATU but external ATU.

  19. I wonder when they will develop an ic 7500 ? A single receiver version of the 7610 and build it in the 7410 / 9100 chassis. With easier access to the memory channels would be nice !

  20. Looks like it has an internal battery, at least there is a battery symbol on the top left part of the display!
    Internal tuner is a must 🙂
    A pair of cool side handles like on the IC-7200 would be great too.
    Time to save money for it… 🙂

    73 Stephan, DF6PA

  21. Michael DL5OCD August 30, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Since Kenwood stopped the production of the TS-2000 this might fill the gap – also in terms of bucks you have to spend…maybe a 705B with 100W will follow. Be aware of Yaesu and Kenwood, the 101 and 890 play in a complete different league compared to the 7610.

    Michael, that’s the problem yaesu and kenwood they PLAY, Icom command the bands 🙂

  22. I think if they bring out the 7300 with a second Antenna output and call it the 7310 it will sell like hot cakes again, and as you have said if this wee radio (the 705) comes with a built in tuner stand buy I will be right behind you for mine, how nice it would to have compact HF mobile all in the one box that you don’t need spectacles to read the screen or menu. I had been out of the hobby for some years and now back, I have also worked in the hobby/industry and to be totally honest I have a lot of respect for them all but there is just something about the new icom’s that just oooooz quality.

    [quote]
    Hopefully this one will include the 4m (70mhz) band for those of use who can access that.
    Having set the pace with the IC-7300, Icom failed to follow up with the IC-7610, which has been left behind by recent releases by both Yaesu (FTDX101) and Kenwood (TS890) ….keep up Icom! [quote]

    the 7610 was aimed at purely the HF and 50 MHz band with top class duel rx and it worked, the retention off the 4 mtr band to both the 7300 and the 7100 was a master plan, why flood the market with yet another radio with a band that no one uses, it helped sell the 7100 and the 7300 helped put a load of money in the bank for new projects like the 705, so they did not need to keep up they overtook the lot,

    regards

    bob.

  23. Since Kenwood stopped the production of the TS-2000 this might fill the gap – also in terms of bucks you have to spend…maybe a 705B with 100W will follow. Be aware of Yaesu and Kenwood, the 101 and 890 play in a complete different league compared to the 7610.

  24. let’s not forget that the yaesu and kenwood all have their share of issues apart from the options you need to get yourself.

    Also the uease of use: I think ICOM is the only out of the three who understands UX.

  25. so you think the new yaesu and kenwood put the 7610 to shame I think not, I have all three here on test and they are all on a par, apart from looks and of course the price functionality of the radios then I still think the icom 7610 is just a little bit better than the yaesu or kenwood,

    the 7610, 7300 and 9700 are world leading and first class radios That have left the others behind in so many ways it must be hurting them, I was a yaesu fan for many many years and would NOT have anything else on my bench, far from that now there is only one maker for me now and that’s ICOM, the menu system is fantastic, the best on board audio I have ever heard and control features that just outclass the rest, and just out of pure creativeness, they look and perform just how you want them too.

    Kind regards

    bob Coleman G0WYD

  26. Hopefully this one will include the 4m (70mhz) band for those of use who can access that.
    Having set the pace with the IC-7300, Icom failed to follow up with the IC-7610, which has been left behind by recent releases by both Yaesu (FTDX101) and Kenwood (TS890) ….keep up Icom!

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