Even though I have an Elecraft KX3, I still fancied an Icom IC-705. When I discovered the £1300 price tag, I thought it was quite ridiculous and thought I'd never buy one, but then I remembered the KX3 cost exactly the same and the KX3 didn't have a decent speaker, a full-colour touchscreen, a Waterfall, a Bandscope, GPS, Bluetooth, VHF, UHF, DSTAR, AirBand, Broadcast, , Wireless LAN, MicroSD, a built-in Li-ion battery and didn't even have - wait for it - a microphone!!
UPDATE : AIRPOD PRO's also work perfectly with the IC-705. Click HERE to read more about it.
Firstly let me say congratulations for getting your license and achieving so much in such a short space of time running 10w or less! Very well done. You have achieved more in that time than I have and I got my license quite a few years before you did.
Your blog articles are also very well written and informative. You really have embraced the hobby with both hands.
I just read this comment of yours on the 705 FB group : “I've owned/own some of the very best radios out there including Elecraft KX3, IC-7610 and FT-DX101D and the 705 is my favourite all-rounder! I just LOVE that thing”
I recently signed up for ham alerts and have been doing some SOTA chasing. I operate my 7300 remotely and work from home so sitting at my PC it’s really easy to just jump in there and work whatever pops up either SSB or CW via the keyboard.
It’s got me interested in doing some portable ops so been doing lots of research mainly to do with antennas.
My 7300 antenna is a home brew 49:1 efhw which works incredibly well.
It the 66’ length one so I only have 4 bands.
In looking at a portable antenna I want to have access to more bands.
I am thinking of a 41’ wire vertical on 31’ Jackite mast with some radials without a 9:1 to start with running to an LDG100 tuner. I have none of this gear yet.
Thinking about getting a 705 but want to get an antennas setup working first.
Are you have with your LDG Z-100 plus?
You have owned a whole host of gear, what is it that separates the 705 from the rest making it your favorite all-rounder?
By the way having been born and raised in Rhodesia I also learned the Queen’s English.
I think that you, me a Kiwi and an Ausie need to get on at the same time so that the locals can hear firsthand that we actually do have very different accents!!
All the best from sunny San Diego.
W6TC ex ZS6CBA
I replied with....
Well Joel, it sure is great to hear from you and THANK YOU for your very complimentary comments!