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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 20:58

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 20:58
Hi

Icom website "news" suggests it was released in late 2011...so no....its not new.

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Follow Up By: yagon - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:01

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:01
Oh ... I searched their news for 2012 and it wasn't there, so I assumed it was new.

I haven't heard this radio mentioned previously. Is this radio intended for use with VKS737 and HFOz etc?

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:11

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:11
Hi

Crikey don't ask me - don't have a clue - marketed as a professional HF radio by Icon Australia - in the Land Mobile section IC-F8100

Best bet is to contact them I suppose ...

Icom (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Unit1 103 Garden Road CLAYTON 3168 VIC
Tel: 03 9549 7500
Fax: 03 9549 7505

..Unless someone out there knows the facts :)

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Reply By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 12:10

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 12:10
Very nice looking piece of equipment,

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Reply By: olcoolone - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 14:16

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 14:16
This radio has been out for about 18 months and is a redesigned and updated version on the 7000 with more user friendly features designed for ease of use .

The biggest difference is the 8100 can be controlled fully from the microphone like the current Codan and Barrett...... or from the remote head.

The 8100 has 500 channels and the 7000 has 400 channels.

The 8100 has a few more optional accessories.

The 8100 is narrower then the 7000 by about 65mm but longer by 20mm.

The 8100 is more water and dust proof and a bit more shock resistant.

I'm sure there would be improvements inside.



The 7000 was Icoms first land HF radio and the 8100 is just an evolution of the 7000.

We have the IC-F7000 on the VKS network and it works well..... I prefer the 7000 over the 8100, the 7000 controls are easier to use and read and are not as cluttered.

The only thing I would do is don't use the Moonraker antenna Icon supplies...... use the Codan 9350 or 3040 with an Icom converter box.
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Follow Up By: anglepole - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 16:52

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 16:52
Yes Icom make great gear.
The great upgrade of the 8100 is the better frequency stability. If you need to use your radio for many of the data services around the frequency stability is great. Unfortunately the Moonraker does not like data either. As you say, use a Codan or as I would use a Barrett antenna is the go.

It has been difficult to get pricing on the 8100. An American site lists the "break out" box alone around $900. You need this for many of the listed accessories.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:07

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:07
Icom uses different software with the Aussie and US models....... Aussie data files can not be used in a USA radio.

Frequency and carrier stability would be improved as is receiving abilities.

They are regional set much like the DVD's of yesterday.
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 00:02

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 00:02
There must be quite few radios that would be perfect for outback mobile use. The Vertex 1700 (Yaesu) was released in 2005. It needs to be programmed with a PC. It has Selcall built in.
It can plug straight into a tapped whip, or use a FC 40 to tune anything from a barb wire fence to dinner fork.
I just acquired one on eBay for $520 (including FC40 and Fc30). Will I hold my breath waiting for VKS 737 to approve it?
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Follow Up By: KSV - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 00:20

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 00:20
Do not hold your breath, you actually about to open HUGE can of worms. Legally speaking amateur radio not allowed by ACMA (VKS737 may be LOVE you to use it, but has no jurisdiction), but practically speaking banning of amateur transceivers make no sense whatsoever.

Good Luck with that - please tell us about results.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:16

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:16
ACMA are very strong on what can and can't be used, some of the Codans, Barretts and Icom land HF radio's can't be used in a marine environment but are OK to be used as land based radios..... a mob in the eastern states got in the TIHS for using non marine radios.

I got accused by ACME for using a Icom IC7000 amateur radio on the VKS network and not being a licensed amateur....... they didn't know the difference between an Icon IC7000 and a Icom IC-F7000..... the IC-F7000 is a land based HF radio approved for the VKS network.

Talk about laugh.

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