The Icom IC718 passes our first tests....
The Icom IC718 went to California Radio Camp with us during
the first week
in March, and served as our "Field day" station
- the one we set up outside
and as a "portable" station using a wire antenna.
Things we look for in a
rig to work well under these conditions include clear audio
speaker, good transmitted audio, ease of use by campers with
levels, easy to read display, functional controls, and overall
design. How did the 718 do? I'm pleased to report that it
did very well.
The front-firing speaker was easy to hear, even under adverse
Transmitted audio was exceptional, and the display has large,
easy to read
numbers. Our blind operators commented on the clear audio
produced by the
optional voice module, as it spoke the frequency on the display.
in in the upper right corner of the front panel, and the numbers
familiar telephone-style layout. The rig was easy to use once
it was set up
to our liking, but like all modern gear, it was essential
to read the manual
first to understand the ins and outs of initial programming.
There is no
doubt of the rig's solid design. It is relatively compact,
midway in size
between a mini-rig like the IC706 and the larger Kenwood TS570.
include the low price, which was only a little over $600 delivered,
including the voice module. Other delights were the easy to
crystal display, uncluttered front panel, excellent audio
(both in and out),
and overall ease of use. Disadvantages were no six meter band
internal antenna tuner. However, an external auto tuner is
Icom. We will be testing the rig further at Minnesota Radio
Camp. A tape
manual for the IC718 is available from the Handiham book &
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