How good is the Icom F7000 HF radio?

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 23:06
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I have been thinking about buying an Icom F7000 HF radio and have been getting mixed messages about its capabilities. Does anyone know whether it does ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) well?

I would like to use it for the Australian bush during travels to remote regions, and ham radio (as I am radio amateur).

I am also looking at the Vertex Standard VX-1700 but I have also been told that its ALE doesn't work either.

Any real information on this would be appreciated,

Thank you,
Peter
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 08:03

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 08:03
Why not get a Codan NGT and enable the amateur option?

Please keep in mind that amateur trancievers are not type approved for use on the Australian HF networks, eg. VKS737, Radtel, HFOz etc. Amateur trancievers are also not fitted with selcall, which is needed to "wake up" bases out of sked times.


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Follow Up By: signman - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 10:49

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 10:49
Is a Codan NGT 'type approved' for Amateur use??

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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:26

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:26
Have a read of this thread by Footloose (R.I.P. Mate)
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Follow Up By: signman - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:44

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:44
But... Is a Codan NGT 'type approved' for Amateur Use ???

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:56

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:56
Interesting idea STU , like many amateurs I am after options that mean I don't have to have too many radios in the car and didn't know about that option.

Hi Signman - I don't think it would be tpye approved for amateur use because this isn't normally necessary as amateurs can pretty well do what that wish and its their responsibility to ensure their gear meets and is used to the rules.



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Follow Up By: signman - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 13:56

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 13:56
BTW...been using an old IC-720A (Icom) for a looong time now.
Still works like a dream with excellent sensitivity & selectivity.
Just the relay 'clunks' on band changing- but that's normal for the rig.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:42

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:42
Presume the NGT is approved as the one I bought and recently sold,

originally had Ham frequencies in it but were disabled as I didnt have a licence.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:52

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:52
You can use whatever you like on the Ham Frequencies as no one cares.

Type approval is done for a specific reason which is to ensure a higher quality standard on certain frequencies and managed networks.
Well thats how it explained to me many years ago.



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Reply By: olcoolone - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 17:57

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 17:57
The IC-F7000 is approved for all 4WD network use.

We use a IC-F7000 with a Codan Autotune and it works well.

The only problem is when on scan with the Codan antenna it will keep stopping and tuning the antenna.

I would not bother with the ALE function as it is better to learn what frequency's to use at what time of the day.

99% of the time we listen and use 8022 Khz's.
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Reply By: travelmate2 - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 18:23

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 18:23
Peter

can not help you on the Icom

But there is a nice little package in the trader section

1. Barrett 950 HF
Barrett HF 950 radio with fittings, cable, aerial in excellent condition. Little use.
Price: $1,795
Location: VIC - Melbourne -
Name: Artemis1720
Phone: 0417384550
Email: Send Enquiry
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On this site

They are a good radio should be able to get it for under $1500 at the moment as everyone is going for the NGT and the 2050.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 18:29

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 18:29
Isn't the Icom stuff only 50 watts as opposed to the Barret and Codan at 100 watt output?

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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 19:42

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 19:42
100w
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:13

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:13
Yeah your right 100W max although it is selectable 100/50/10W.

I knew I heard something about 50W and this model, I shouldn't have been so lazy and Googled the details before posting :-)

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