Icom IC-7300 all new transceiver on display at the Tokyo HAM Fair.
Innovative IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver Launched at Tokyo Ham Fair 2015
Icom IC-7300 Icom Inc. had a huge amount of interest on is stand at last weekend’s Tokyo Ham Fair 2015 with the unveiling of the IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver. The launch, which caught most people by surprise, saw the manufacturer introduce a new base station transceiver incorporating the latest RF direct sampling system, a first for an Amateur radio transceiver*.
The IC-7300 transceiver, an aesthetically, attractive looking base station, features a 4.3 inch touch screen colour TFT LCD screen with a high performance real time band scope.
A first for an Amateur radio transceiver, the IC-7300 uses a RF Direct Sampling System, a technology normally seen in Software Defined Radios. RF signals are mostly processed through the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), rather than by physical devices enabling high performance real-time spectrum scope in a compact body.
The IC-7300 includes a built-in integrated wide-frequency Automatic Antenna Tuner making ideal for field operation. The radio provides 100 watts output power on HF/50MHz bands and 50 watts on 70MHz (European versions only).
The Innovative HF Transceiver
High quality real-time spectrum scope Now, a serious spectrum scope is NOT a “privilege” of high-grade models. The high-resolution real-time spectrum scope comes loaded with the IC-7300. Its real-time spectrum scope with waterfall function provides top-level performance in resolution, sweep speed and dynamic range.
Real-time spectrum scope capabilities
|Scope system||FFT||Reference level adjustment||Yes
|Span width||5kHz–1000kHz||Maximum hold indication||Yes
(10 sec., continuous)
|Resolution*||1 dot minimum (approx.)||Average indication||Yes|
|Waveform display area
|80 dB (indicated area)||Touch screen operation||Yes
*Number of dots shown at the 60 dB level, when receiving a single carrier.
RF Direct sampling system — a first in Amateur Radio*
Instead of the conventional superheterodyne system, the IC-7300 utilizes the RF direct sampling system — a first in an amateur radio transceiver. This technology is seen in Software Defined Radios and other radio equipment. RF signals are mostly processed through the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gßate Array), making it possible to eliminate physical mixer and filter devices and offer a high performance real-time spectrum scope in a compact body.
* Researched by Icom, among major amateur radio manufactures.
Class leading phase noise characteristics
Overcoming cost and performance limitations of the superheterodyne system, the RF direct sampling system pursues ideal high performance phase noise. As the result, compared to the IC-7200, the IC-7300’s phase noise characteristics are improved about 15dB (at 1kHz frequency offset). This superior phase noise reduces noise components in both receive and transmit signals.
Phase noise characteristics comparison
Large touch screen color TFT LCD
The IC-7300 has a large color TFT LCD and it can be used as a touch screen. This user-friendly interface provides intuitive operation. Using the software keypad of the touch screen, you can easily set various functions and edit memory contents.
Multi-dial knob for smooth operation
When you push the multi-dial knob, menu items are shown on the right side of the display. You can select an item with a touch of the screen and adjust levels by turning the multi-dial knob. This combination of the multi-dial knob and touch screen offers quick and smooth operation.
Built-in automatic antenna tuner
The high-speed automatic antenna tuner is built into a compact chassis (240 (W) × 238 (D) × 95 (H) mm; 9.45 × 9.37 × 3.74 in). You can easily carry the radio and enjoy field operation.
Easy-to-hear sound quality
To offer optimum sound quality, a new speaker unit is employed and is allocated sufficient space in the aluminum die-cast chassis.
- Voice memory function
- Memory keyer functions for CW and RTTY
- RTTY decode log function
- Screen capture
- SD card slot
- USB for CI-V and audio input/output
- Large cooling fan system
- Multi-function meter
- 101 memory channels (99 regular and 2 scan edge channels)
- Multiple CW functions
- Digital noise reduction
- 100W output power on HF/50MHz bands and 50W on 70MHz band (Europe versions only)
- SSB, CW, RTTY, AM and FM modes
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