Drake TR-7 and Icom 7300 Changed Amateur Radio


I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

18 Responses

  1. W0FK says:

    Your TR7 looks very nice. What filters are in it, and does it have the noise blanket? TR7A’s have all filters and the NB standard.

  2. Brad says:

    That TR-7 is beautiful.

    How I remember the days when I was young and buying a TR-7 was a dream never realized. The first rig I saw was a Hammarland 170. Once I saw the 170, I was hooked. It was another 14 years before I could afford to buy and build a Heathkit and got on the air. I am currently reconditioning a Hammarland 170 for nostalgia purposes.

    I think the largest impact the IC-7300 is that it killed the used market making it even more affordable to buy used rigs helping young and new hams.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Brad,

      Nice to hear from you and me too when I was a kid. The TR7 was a dream radio. The first amateur radio I ever saw was a pair of Drakes and I wanted to be a Ham after that, hi hi.

      Thanks for commenting here and your input.

      Best 73!

  3. Ray N6HE says:

    I listened once to a friend’s new TR7 (in 1979?) – always said he cost me $1100 because the (loaded and with the RV-7) radio was a dream. Used it for 30 years. Still have it on the shelf. Ultimately got an Omni VII – still one of the most operator-friendly radios made.

    Bought one of the first 7300’s, too, for my “110-volt travel radio.” After playing with it to learn it, I never turned on the Omni VII again, and that’s saying a lot. Too much fun with the spectrum scope/waterfall. That hooked me on the SDR concept. Now have the (the ultimate SDR) Flex 6600 (only 1 knob!) as my home rig and still take the 7300 on trips.

    Ray N6HE

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Ray,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.

      30 years is a long run! Someday maybe I’ll be able to pick up a Drake R7 to compliment this one. I think I could make room for it, hi hi!

      With the 7610 in the shack, my 7300 gets moved to the camper, but it serves an important role there. I would love to have a Flex, so maybe someday. I like their software from what I have seen.

      Best 73!

  4. Lou, W0FK says:

    Looks very nice Rich. What accessories were in it, such as optional filters and a noise blanker?

  5. K0PIR says:

    Hi Lou,

    Nice to hear from you again and yes it has the standard 2.3 kHz SSB filter. I will put in the Noble Radio NR-FL2.8 Wide SSB Filter when it comes in. I will probably add a CW filter too. It did have the NB in it.

    It has been opened up for all band transmit too.

    I am very happy with the PBT. It works great!

    Best 73!

  6. Terry, W4ZQ says:

    Hi Rich,
    I saw the TR7 when it was first introduced at Dayton and knew that was what I had to have. I ordered the TR7, PS7, RV7, AUX7, and full filters on May 5, 1978 for $1,438 and received S/N 614, 3 months later. The TR7 was a great platform to modify and repair.

    In June 2016, I purchased the Icom 7300 and the TR7 was relegated to the shelf. The 7300 was such an amazing radio and easy to configure and use. I built this radio into my second generation Go-Box (as seen on my QRZ page) and use it regularly as my main station, on SSB, digital modes, and 6M FM.

    Both the TR7 and the 7300 were game changers for amateur radio.
    Thanks Rich for recognizing both of these fine radios.

  7. K0PIR says:

    Hi Terry,

    That must have been something to see at Dayton! Wow!

    I am more impressed as I use the TR-7. It is a classy rig and they don’t make them like that anymore. The power supply is a beast! It would probably survive a nuclear blast 😆

    Thank you so much for commenting and it’s great to hear. I’ll have a look at your QRZ page. Best wishes to you and yours.

    Rich, K0PIR

  8. Steve Gibson says:

    Wow! Small world. Drake wast a few blocks from my QTH. I have one I bought it in 1982 from the factory on Richard St. I picked it up from Bill Frost, WD8DFP. Mike Elliott, W8KRR, was in the MARA club so we had direct contact with the engineer of this great rig. Between Mike and Bill, you could learn anything you needed to know about the rig. We were spoiled to have Drake here in town. I used mine from 1982 until last year. My QRZ pic still shows it (I need to update the pic). I finally bought an Icom 7300 last year and put the TR7 in the closet. Both rigs are game changers and that is why I bought the 7300. It is an awesome radio. 73, Steve N8DNG

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for coming by and thank you for commenting here. It is a fantastic radio and really holds up well. Of course the receiver is not quite as good as the newer radios, but I find it very enjoyable to use. It’s one radio that I can actually work on and I enjoyed that. I would never open up the 7610 and start soldering, hi hi!

      Thanks for sharing the information Steve and have a great day. Hope to hear you on the air and best 73!

      Rich, KC0PIR

  9. BIll KA8VIT says:

    I have a Drake TR7A for sale.
    July 1, 2019

    Drake TR-7A
    Drake PS7 Power Supply
    Amp Supply Company AT1200 Antenna Tuner

    For pictures see:

    73 – Bill KA8VIT

  10. Roger Thenot says:

    Purchased a TR-7 (serial number 830) and PS-7 power supply in 1978 from the first HRO store in Burlingame, CA (built on an old train stop platform). Sold to me by the owner W6RJ, Bob Ferrreo who later built the HRO dynasty. A wonderful transceiver which I used primarily on CW to work many countries and Hams. I’m looking at it right now sitting on a shelf in the shack.

    I recently purchased a IC-7300 and am still learning how to use this great radio. First QSO was with special station VK19AUS on CW in Australia. An excellent radio.

    73’s Roger (K6VIA)

  11. Frank Perdew says:

    I don’t consider the IC-7300 an entry level rig. Because performance is high level.
    Maybe because of price.

    Entry level: Yaesu FT-450D, Icom IC-718, ext.

    Frank WA3RSL

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Frank,

      Nice to hear from you. Yep Icom considers it entry level because of price. I think is an advanced radio and a big step for new Hams. However, the new Hams I know learn it and enjoy it immensely.

      Rich, K0PIR

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