The Icom IC-705 has landed at SWLing Post HQ

Yesterday, I received my new Icom IC-705 QRP transceiver (along with two FT-60R HTs) from Universal Radio.

I got home pretty late yesterday afternoon so haven’t had a lot of time to put the IC-705 on the air.

I did tune to the Voice of Greece and REE last night and, must say, was pretty impressed with AM mode.

This morning, I also worked two CW stations and one in SSB on the 40 meter band from my home.

Very early days, but I get the impression the IC-705 receiver is top shelf. At least, I like what I’m hearing.

So far, the only negative I’ve mentally noted is the difficulty in propping up this radio for use on a desk. It’s a little awkward. No doubt, a number of 3rd party solutions will soon emerge. I’m personally hoping someone will design a 3D printed stand/cradle.

Indeed, a 3D-printed front panel cover would also be nice because I do worry about the touch screen display being damaged in my backpack. Being a bit of a picky backpack geek, I did not opt for the custom Icom LC-192 backpack (completely subjective: just not my style and not waterproof). The IC-705 can be secured in the LC-192 so that the front panel is well-protected.

The IC-705 backlit display is very easy on the eyes–I hope it’s as easy to read in sunlight outdoors. We’ll soon find out because I’m certainly taking it to the field!

IC-705 Unboxing Photos

By request, here are some “unboxing” photos (click to enlarge):

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5 thoughts on “The Icom IC-705 has landed at SWLing Post HQ

  1. Pingback: A review of the lab599 Discovery TX-500 QRP transceiver | The SWLing Post

  2. Eric Cottrell

    One interesting thing I noticed is HRO Anaheim has some consignment items listed as AM-705 “IC-705 RADIO TILT MOUNT WITH ANTENNA HOLDER. USE WITH OPTION ANTENNAS AND COAX.” I can not seem to find any mention of this online.

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  3. Mark Goldhawke

    Wind amp have made a bracket which relocated the antenna and provides a stable angled viewing position…
    I found mine on eBay for $39 shipped.

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  4. john

    Look forward to reading your review of the IC-705 (which will likely determine which side of the deferred gratification vs. instant gratification side wins out!).

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