ICOM IC-735 Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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The ICOM IC-735 is a beautiful example of 1980's craftsmanship. This transceiver packs a 100 W of power into a compact housing and gives HF coverage from 160 up to 10 meters in CW, SSB, AM and FM. Receiver coverage spans 100 kHz to 30 MHz. 12 digital memories, dual VFOs, RIT, Speech compressor, full QSK and a Noise Blanker add to the user-friendliness of this model. Antenna is connection through an SO-239 jack on the back. Operates on 13.8 V DC and requires an external PSU (20 A max).

Frequency range

RX-range
0.1-30 MHz
TX-range
10-160 m + WARC
HAM bands
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Stability
-
Tuning steps
-
Filters
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Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   SSB  
Sensitivity
-
Selectivity
-
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
-
Audio output
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Transmitter

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   SSB  
RF-Output
10-100 W (AM 10-40 W)

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
1.2-1.5 A
TX
20 A max

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
241 × 94 × 272 mm (9.49 × 3.70 × 10.71 in)
Weight
5.00 kg (11.0 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1985 and 198x in Japan
MPN

Other features

Memories
12 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
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Accessories
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Stories & reviews

Excellent Rig Built to Last

ICOM IC-735, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

Bought my IC-735 used and I have owned it since 2007. This radio is a little different in design in that it has a small smoke colored plastic "door" on it's face that covers lesser used controls such as mic and rf gain. It has AM /FM /CW /SSB operation modes and FM operation is one that a lot of the newer rigs don't have today. Unfortunately, there is no inboard DSP, but coupled with a W9GR DSP III it has been a superb CW rig. Overall this is one of Icom's workhorse HF radios. It is built solid and has exceptional receive audio for a non-DSP radio, transmit audio is very loud and steady, and the VOX control allows use with most headset or boom mikes. The radio works well on the new digital modes with the 8 pin din ACC jack. Conversion to 60m transmit is easy but does require removal of the PA unit. Overall I love this rig, but it does have some drawbacks. First on the back of the radio Icom uses a RCA jumper cable to achieve audio input from the main board. Over time the RCA jacks can come loose from the circuit board if the jumper is bent or frequently removed. Second, Icom used PLASTIC carrier reference and VCO trimmer caps. THESE WILL FAIL! They are easily replaced by CERAMIC trimmer caps if you are technically skilled at soldering, otherwise it requires sending the radio off to Icom for repair. Third, the power switch is prone to failure. It is a special switch made by Icom and is expensive to replace. Last, as with all radios built in the late 1980's to mid 1990's Icom no longer carries parts for these radios, so a parts rig would be helpful if something goes bad. I have had to replace the trimmer caps, repair the RCA jacks and power switch, do a complete realignment of the radio, and replace the face plate. So after all the repair work, my rig is like new and should last me a life time. These are good rigs for the money and usually go for about $400 on the used market.

Written by KA9OFM on Jun 5, 2012

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Aquired
Good condition in 2007
USD 300.00

Brilliant Transceiver

ICOM IC-735, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

From the right age. No fancy useless gimmicks.Straightforward , well built, easy to use Transceiver.Excellent transmitted Audio reports.A real pleasure to use.

Written by GW1MCD on Jun 8, 2012

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Aquired
Good condition in 2012
GBP 250.00

Favorite back-up rig

ICOM IC-735, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

Had this rig for about 2 years as of Jul 2013. Good quality transmit and receive. Has some useful features but not many bells and whistles like rigs of today. I prefer the simpler rigs and this rig fits that bill. My primary rig is a Yaesu FT-840. Although very similar to the IC-735 in features, the FT-840 has a slightly better receive quality. The memory battery in the IC-735 is challenging to change.

Written by NH6RF on Jul 12, 2013

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2011
USD 300.00

What is it worth?

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. We collect prices paid by real hams over the years to help you estimate the current value of the ICOM IC-735. Just bought or sold this model? Let us know what you traded it for and help other ham operators!

Based on historic data, today's value of the ICOM IC-735 might be around:

  • USD 286.00
  • GBP 99.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 900.00 New / Mint 1988 K1VI
USD 300.00 Used / Good 2007 KA9OFM
GBP 250.00 Used / Good 2009 GW1MCD
USD 400.00 Used / Good 2011 N9SJA
USD 300.00 Used / Good 2011 NH6RF
USD 300.00 Used / Okay 2015 k6avi

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