ICOM IC-745 Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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The ICOM IC-745 was an advanced transceiver for its day, covering 160 to 10 meters. It has general coverage reception ranging from 100 kHz to 30 MHz. Frequency stability is made possible by the utilization of a Temperature Controlled Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) offering less than + or - 500Hz after switch on from 1 to 60 minutes, and less than + or - 100Hz after 1 hour. Less than + or - 1KHz in the range of -10 degrees C to approimately +60 degrees C. Output is selectable between 10 and 100 watts in SSB, CW and RTTY (digital) modes. The 745 has "sophisticated" capabilities such as: multi-function meter dual digital VFOs, all-mode squelch, Notch, Passband Tuning, RIT/XIT and attenuator. 16 memories are built-in. Tuning is done using increments of 1kHz, 50Hz or 10Hz. The flourescent digital display is easy to read.

Frequency range

RX-range
0.1-30 MHz
TX-range
10-160 m + WARC
HAM bands
-
Stability
± 500 Hz after switch on from 1 to 60 minutes, less than ± 100 Hz after 1 hour
Tuning steps
10Hz / 50Hz / 1 kHz
Filters
-

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Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB   RTTY  
Sensitivity
-
Selectivity
-
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 70.4515 MHz
2nd: 9.0115
3rd: 455 kHz
Image rejection
-
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
FM   CW   USB   LSB   RTTY  
RF-Output
10-100 W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

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

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
304 × 111 × 355 mm (11.97 × 4.37 × 13.98 in)
Weight
8.00 kg (17.7 lbs) without optional IC-PS35 power supply
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1983 and 198x in Japan

Other features

Memories
16 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
All-mode squelch
Attenuator
Preamp
Dual digital VFOs
Multi-functional meter
Notch filter
Passband Tuning
RIT/XIT
TCXO
Accessories
-

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

ICOM IC-745 Instruction Manual

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Reviews

Great Older Rig With Excellent Receiver & One Design Flaw

ICOM IC-745, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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.

Written by ku4gw on Nov 19, 2009

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Aquired
Good condition in 1996
USD 400.00

Ham Operator

ICOM IC-745, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Written by cuback on Feb 18, 2012

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Good condition in 2010
USD 0.00

Still a great classic rig!

ICOM IC-745, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

After trying out my Bro-in-law's famed IC-R71, I knew that the IC-745 was the R-71 with a TX in it. So, when a friend of mine had his IC-745 up for sale, I jumped on it. This one came with the FM board. Love that big Icom S/RF meter, and still looks great with a white LED behind it now. This rig has pulled out so may tough catches whether it be HAM, utility, number, pirate, or TIS, stations. Yeah, I could hear tough catches with my Kenwood TS-2000X, but with the Icom IC-745 I could enjoyably listen to them. This has also been a great Field Day rig. Just with the stock mic and running barefoot, if you hear them, this rig works them. And the great RX sensitivity is spec'ed with the preamp OFF, unlike the specs of most of today's rigs. (That has always bugged me about today's rigs.) The RX preamp is an extra +20dB and it makes the difference. The minuses of this rig? While it doesn't sound bad, an Icom, sounds like an Icom, sounds like an Icom. You get AM RX, but no AM TX, and not many rigs around 1983 offered that anyway. This rig bottoms out power-wise to 10W. QRP 5W, or less would be nice. And yes, that Volatile RAM CPU has to be dealt with. I went with Piexx, and after getting two boards with the wrong CPU software, the 3rd board came with the JMP's wrong. That, I was able to fix and keep this classic rig rockin'. So, if you go the Piexx Boards way, put their noses to the fire and make sure you get the right software and JMP's correct. Oh!!! Another plus is you use WWV 10MHz to keep your main OSC FREQ correct with this rig in a FREQ procedure. NICE!!!!!!

Written by rreh917 on Dec 22, 2016

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Aquired
Good condition in 1993
USD 650.00
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Prices

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. The graph below shows historical prices paid by hams over the years. May it guide you to good fortune...

Price Condition Year User
USD 500.00 Good / Used 1991 KJ5IS
USD 650.00 Good / Used 1993 rreh917
USD 400.00 Good / Used 1996 ku4gw
USD 0.00 Good / Used 2010 cuback
USD 330.00 Good / Used 2011 davidpoolela
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