Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

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Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK4GHZ » Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:27 pm

FYI.
Icom recently published the official IC-9700 pre-release brochure - see PDF attachment below.

For those who have been away on another planet since September 2017, the IC-9700 will replace the aging IC-910H 2/70/23 tribander.
Finally!

For those thinking of entering into VHF and UHF and possibly 23cm, we should expect to see the second hand market flooded with the older IC-910H radios, as owners upgrade to a new IC-9700.
We can expect to see an IC-910H optioned with the 23cm module in good condition for as little as $1,000 by mid 2019.
Be patient!
It will be a buyers market.

This will be great opportunity to get involved beyond HF and 6m.

Watch from about 0:50 onwards:

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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK3OE » Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:35 pm

Hi Adam,

The IC-9700 looks great, and it even has a 10MHz reference input, a change from the first version we saw.

PS. Thanks for getting the forum going again Adam, much appreciated, for better sharing and discussion.

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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK4GHZ » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:10 pm

It's interesting to see the progression from the 2017 prototype to the current pre-production model.
Have added some arrows to indicate the visible changes.

Now we can actually toggle between Main and Sub bands.

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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK1JA » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:46 am

Another little video on the up coming IC9700 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_D9VM0cnBw

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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK5PJ » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:50 pm

Hi All
now if you look closely at the video on the link posted by Jayson, at two minutes in the RF power setting shows it is set to be a certain level on 1200 MHz, so from this quick glimpse it is implying that power setting is per band in use and not a global setting.. wish, hope, pray
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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK4GHZ » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:31 pm

Looking at the IC-7300 block diagram offers some clues as to a possible implementation..
7300 TX driver amp stage is ultimately controlled by a R2A20169 DAC.

7300-DRIDV.jpg


7300-FET.PNG


7300-DAC.PNG


Other than saving a few lousy bucks in manufacturing costs, there is no reason why there couldn't be three DACs for independent power control of each band.

I'd expect this implementation also avoids the dreaded ALC power "spike" problem in previous transceivers.
(When power is set to low, there was a momentary spike at full power, before throttling back to the users set power level)

I think it's a safe bet, there will be many old IC-910s up for sale mid next year.
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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK4GHZ » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:43 pm

Another IC-9700 video.
How's your Japanese? :crazy:

More examples of how the touch screen user interface works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKfwBsK8HjQ

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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK1JA » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:03 am

Good find Adam!

My wife can speak a bit of Japanese, I'll see what she can understand.

I did notice at the 2min mark that while 23cm was selected for the top VFO, he tried to change the bottom VFO to 23cm and it didn't let him(?). Does that mean that it won't be able to do true dual watch (both VFO's being on the same band at the same time)?

I really really hope the price point of this radio is reasonable. If it is, ICOM will make an absolute killing out of the IC9700 and IC7300 duo.
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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK4GHZ » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:41 am

My expectation is the IC-9700 is priced around AUD$3200 - $3500.
More than an IC-7300 but less than the IC-9100.

Anything less will be a pleasant surprise. :D
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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK2TS » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:07 am

VK4GHZ wrote:My expectation is the IC-9700 is priced around AUD$3200 - $3500.
More than an IC-7300 but less than the IC-9100.

Anything less will be a pleasant surprise. :D


I expect it to be around that price, at least it will be a far superior radio to the IC-910H I owned which cost around that price. I cant work out why the 910H has almost a cult following? Noisy receiver, no variable RX filters, no variable TX bandwidth, no bandscope, no voice keyer, come to think of it, it was a couple of tiers backwards in technology. I sold my 910H as soon as I could find a cult purchaser :)

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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK1JA » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:56 am

Icom America now has it listed on their web site as 'coming soon' :D :popcorn:

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/ ... fault.aspx

No indication of price yet.
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Re: Icom IC-9700 Pre-release brochure

Postby VK2AOH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:43 am

Very nice radio, afraid the lousy exchange rate for the Aus dollar will not help. Still it's good to see interest in a dedicated higher band radio rather than some h.f thing with 2M/UHF tacked on as a sales gimmick afterthought.
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