ICOM IC-745 reviews

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Reviewed by
cuback
Review date
Feb 18th 2012, 21:18
Purchased
Used in 2010
USD  0.00
Performance
5 of 5
Build quality
5 of 5
Features
5 of 5
User friendliness
5 of 5
Value for money
5 of 5

Ham Operator

If you are just getting your ticket to go onto the higher Bands, this radio should service you well until you make a decision to change....Excellant Receive and Transmit capabilities until you decide you want to go into more$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Reviewed by
ku4gw
Review date
Nov 19th 2009, 15:35
Purchased
Used in 1996
USD  400.00
Performance
4 of 5
Build quality
2 of 5
Features
4 of 5
User friendliness
4 of 5
Value for money
4 of 5

Great Older Rig With Excellent Receiver & One Design Flaw

I purchased my IC-745 used in October 1996 and ran it for 9 years before selling it after purchasing my Kenwood TS-570D. I regret ever having sold it. It has an excellent receiver (every bit as good as my Kenwood TS-570D).My IC-745 had the pancake power supply built in and I later bought an Icom PS-55 external power supply to run it from when the filter caps went bad in the pancake supply=AC Hum. Also after owning it for about 3 years I had to send it off for replacement of the RAM board and 4 trimmer caps in the PLL unit. This is a design flaw in the IC-735, IC-745, and the IC-751A. I wonder what the Icom engineers were thinking when they decided to put the 20 amp pancake power supply in the bottom of the rig considering that heat rises. The constant repeated heating and cooling of the PLL unit resulted in the trimmer capacitors loosening up over time and when they became loose the PLL unlocked.In my opinion this could have been avoided if the power supply had been put in the top of the rig so that it didn't heat and cool every PC board in the rig over & over. I paid around $225.00 for the rig repair to Clif Hollister at Avvid.com and when I got it back it worked like new and still was when I sold it on Ebay in 2007.

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