No Nonsense Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 Comparison

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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.

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Great read, thanks

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Wes Jones
4 years ago

Thanks Rich. Great reading/evaluation. I’m still like a kid with a new toy with my 7300 so it will do for now.

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John
4 years ago

Another thing to point out – the comparison of K line elecraft to this radio is apples to oranges. The addition IP+ off and on, the Digi-Select filtering make the radio easily equal to my K3s and my KX3. In fact the 7610 digs the really weak signals out of the noise while the noise reduction and noise blanker are a bit more effective in their software implementation than on the K series. The ease of use for the NB and NR functions alone makes the Icom edge out the K line series. I would really like to see a K series with a built in P3 / control flat screen using newer DSP technology. I sold my K3s and kept the KX3 and my primary rig is now the 7610 due to size and ease of use.

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Scott Lithgow
4 years ago

Thanks as always Rich! 73 de KN3A

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Luis Delgadillo
4 years ago

I greatly enjoyed your very concise review.
Now, I seriously consider the 7610 instead of the 7300, to replace my trusty and aging FT1000MP (20years
)
Thank you

Luis XE2B

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Bob Mekinda K8QXO
4 years ago

Thanks for a great comparison of the two units. I have used the 7300 at our club station and found it very good, but I am looking to purchase a newer state of the art unit (rig is IC-746 Pro) and this is very helpful if the funds are available in deciding on the unit to purchase. Thanks again.

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Ton - PA1PXL
4 years ago

Thanks for your review, easy and clear to read.
I want to mention one important feature in favor of the IC-7300; it has 4 meter on board.

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Mike McKee
4 years ago

That’s a fine article and thanks, Rich.

I received my 7300 on 3-31-16, upgrading from a 746pro and really love it! Then decided to purchase a ‘big radio’ for the first time in 48 years of hamming – and ‘for retirement’, etc. – so got on a “pre-order” list and received my 7610 on 12-20-17. I usually would consider my older radios as back-up radios, but the 7300 is just too good to be a “back-up”. So far, I’m sort of over-whelmed by the 7610… wow, what a fantastic radio it is! But the little 7300 is so much radio, for me, that it’s impossible to be thought of as a back-up! I love ’em both. Just my thoughts.

73, Mike – W0HR

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Guillermo
4 years ago

Mi 7300 es fantastico, operó remota mi estación con un ameritron als600 y puedo cambiar automático bandas y frecuencia. La calidad de audio de Rx y Tx funciona excelente. Mi economía no permite el 7610 y mi estación funciona perfecto. Gracias por esta excelente comparación.
73 desde Durango México XE2MCC

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Joe W4JF
4 years ago

Good job Rich on hitting the significant high points. I really would love to have the 7610. I am waiting a few months to see what firmware changes are made and if there are any bugs that need fixing. I am a CW op and I am glad that you mentioned the QSK aspects of the rig as well as the solid-state switching. Does the internal keyer have rise-time and weight adjustments? Does the internal keyer have any available memories?

I think it’s also interesting to compare the Sherwood Receiver Test Data between the Icom rigs and how they compare to other brands. Especially interesting to see how the 7610 stacks-up against the 7851 in the Sherwood data.

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Joe W4JF
4 years ago

One comment ref price of the 7610. If you consider inflation over the years, the 7610 is not much more expensive on in “real” terms than the Kenwood TS-870S was when I purchased mine in 1998 for $2200. Inflation alone since 1998 through 2017 would have that same 870S costing $3310 today. There really shouldn’t be much complaining about price, especially considering the quantum leap in technology of the 7610 compared to 1998 technology and all of the extra features you get for about the same money.

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Brian
4 years ago

I wonder what the maximum tx bandwidth is in ssb? Thanks!

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James R. LaFrieda
4 years ago

Hi Rich,

Many thanks for your informative comparison of the ICOM 7300 v the ICOM 7610, but what should be

compared are the ICOM 7610 – with the FLEX 6400 M -which lists for $2,999.95- for that would be

comparing “apples to apples”. No question about it, I was very happy to see ICOM come out with its

two SDR’s for it caused Flex to come forward with the 6400 and 6400M. There’s nothing magic about

using an ADC with a FPGA, so it will be interesting to see what Kenwood and Yaesu finally come out with

to compete with ICOM and Flex.

All the Best,

73, Jim

N6MV

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Johan Visagie
3 years ago

I have a Kenwood TS-870 DSP at the moment , considering a newer radio and has to decide between Icom 7300 7600 or 7610 , i would like two antenna ports so 7300 is out , 7600 maybe a bit old but 7610 still very expensive with our rand to $ exchange rate ….. maybe just shoot myself in the foot and get the 7610… have played with all those radio including 7700 7800 and love the screen quality of the 7610, display …..

ZS6AF

South Africa

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EMIL SARAFOLEANU - YO3SV
2 years ago

Hi Rich, Thanks you for your review. The IC-7300 is a great radio for hams; I have used the Ic-7300 by two years. Best 73, Emil-YO3SV.

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Randy
2 years ago

Can or does the ICOM 7300 come with MARS MOD unit or can it even be added?

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