No Nonsense Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 Comparison

K0PIR

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.

28 Responses

  1. Johan Visagie says:

    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

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Johan,
      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.

      I know Hams who have purchased the 7600 recently and are very happy with it. Good prices now.

      Thank you and best 73!

      Rich, K0PIR

  2. James R. LaFrieda says:

    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

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Jim,

      Nice to hear from you and I agree. I would like to see a side by side of the 6400M and the 7610. If I had the $$ now, I would do it, hi!

      I am happy I made the choice for the 7610. It is a very nice transceiver and I like the traditional knobs and they are very good quality. The RX is excellent. The LCD is much better than I expected and the transmit relay switching is very quiet in CW and digital operation.

      Thanks for commenting and I am sure someone will do one between the 7610 and 6400M soon enough.

      Best 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

  3. Brian says:

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

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Brian,

      Great question and thanks for asking. I should put it in there.

      It is Icom, the SSB transmit bandwidth is selectable, but max is 100Hz – 2900Hz for the Wide setting.

      73’s,
      Rich, K0PIR

  4. Joe W4JF says:

    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.

    • K0PIR says:

      Absolutely, I wholeheartedly agree.

      Also, considering inflation, the IC-7300 for what it is, is a steal, hi!

      I would look for rebates on the IC-7610 and maybe getting the RC-28 for free with a purchase in the future.

      73’s
      Rich, K0PIR

  5. Joe W4JF says:

    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.

    • K0PIR says:

      Ho Joe,

      Thank you for commenting and great questions.

      Yes, internally in the IC-7610 under CW-KEY SET there are adjustments. Rise Time is one of them (Icom 7610 Advanced manual page 16). I have mine set to 6ms. Rob concluded 4ms was too short. I believe he mentions it in his report.

      Yes on the memories. M1 thru M8 and you can create different sets. Good questions and both need mentioned.

      Thank you so much and best 73!

      Rich, K0PIR

  6. Guillermo says:

    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

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Guillermo,

      Thank you for the nice comment and thank you for visiting my website.

      I completely understand about the 7610 being priced out.

      The Icom 7300 is a great radio and probably the best for the money today!

      Thank you again and best 73!

      Rich, K0PIR

  7. Mike McKee says:

    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

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Mike,

      Yes, exactly my thoughts. The IC-7300 is very nice indeed and I won’t be getting rid of it. It’ll be there for portable use and camping. I would love to have them both operational in the shack someday.

      I still love getting up in the morning and turning on the IC-7610 or better yet, set the timer for it to come on automatically. LOL

      Thank you for your comment. It is much appreciated.

      73’s,
      Rich, K0PIR

  8. 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.

  9. Bob Mekinda K8QXO says:

    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.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Bob,

      It’s good to hear from you and thank you for commenting. Wow, that would make a nice club radio.

      Thank you for the nice comment and maybe we’ll hear you during Field Day 2018! – W0PIR Pierre Amateur Radio Club.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  10. Luis Delgadillo says:

    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

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Luis,

      Thank you for the nice comment and it’s nice to hear from you. I’m happy this is of help.

      The 7610 is getting very good reviews from many Hams and it a worthy contender for even the higher end transceivers on the market. Please have a look at the Yahoo group mentioned in the post. Adam and Rob are posting their technical reviews there.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  11. Scott Lithgow says:

    Thanks as always Rich! 73 de KN3A

  12. John says:

    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.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi John,

      Thank you for adding to the post. It’s great to hear that. I’ll add, I’m using the ATT in 3db increments instead of lowering the RF gain so much, just to see how it works and so far I am impressed with it. It helps dig out weak sideband signals from the noise on 75 Meters and it is much more enjoyable listening to a net. NR at 3 or 4.

      Thank you again John and take care. I hope to hear you on the air soon.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  13. Wes Jones says:

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

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Wes,

      Nice to hear from you. The 7300 will do fine for me too. I mostly get on the nets. I do plan on more contesting though and the 7610 with dual receivers will come in handy.

      Thanks for commenting and I hope to hear you on the air.

      73s,
      Rich, K0PIR

  14. Anonymous says:

    Great read, thanks

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