ICOM IC-7800 Desktop HF/VHF Transceiver

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The Icom IC-7800 is clearly one the most advanced amateur radio ever developed. It utilizes four separate 32-bit floating point DSP chips, has a 7-inch wide TFT display, built in RTTY/PSK31 receive and transmit plus compact flash technology. As impressive as the features are; it is performance that sets this radio apart. By sparing no expense an incredible +40dBm intercept point has been achieved with ultra wide dynamic range. And you enjoy this incredible performance in two fully independent receiver circuits controlled on the left side of the radio. There is even a separate preamp and mixer for the 6 meter band. The rear panel features four primary antenna inputs [SO-239] plus provisions for receive antenna A and B. And nothing is sacrificed on the transmit side. The newly designed push-pull MOSFET amplifiers work with a 48 V DC, providing a powerful 200 watts of output at full duty cycle with low IMD in all bands. A 120 V AC switching power supply is built-in. The supplied accessories include: rack mounting ears, compact flash [64 Mb] and various plugs (mic not supplied).

This radio covers the HF ham bands plus 6 meters (receive from 30 kHz - 60 MHz). The high resolution 7 inch TFT color LCD display provides more operating information than you've ever had before, including a spectrum scope. And Icom really stands behind this radio with a limited two year factory warranty.

Important Upgrade Note: Icom has produced an important upgrade for the IC-7800. They have added a 3 kHz roofing filter. Ver. 2.0 is displayed at the lower right corner of the display when the radio is first switched on during the boot up sequence if it has the 3kHz roofing upgrade.

Frequency range

RX-range
0.03-60 MHz
TX-range
10-160 m + WARC / 6 m
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

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Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   SSB   RTTY   PSK31/63  
Sensitivity
SSB/CW/RTTY (2.4 kHz BW, 10 dB S/N)
0.1-1.79 MHz: 0.5 µV
1.6-30 MHz: 0.16 µV
50-54 MHz: 0.13 µV
AM (6 kHz BW, 10 dB S/N)
0.1-30 MHz: 2 µV
50-54 MHz: 1 µV
FM (15 kHz BW, 12 dB SINAD)
28-30 MHz: 0.5 µV
50-54 MHz: 0.32 µV
Selectivity
SSB/RTTY (2.4 kHz BW)
2.4 kHz (-3 dB), 3.6 kHz (-60 dB)
CW (500 Hz BW)
500 Hz (-3 dB), 700 Hz (-60 dB)
AM (6 kHz BW)
6 kHz (-3 dB), 15 kHz (-60 dB)
FM (15 kHz BW)
12
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
Better than 70 dB
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   SSB   RTTY   PSK31/63  
RF-Output
5-200 W (AM: 5-50 W) 100% duty cycle!

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
Mains 85-265 VAC
Current drain RX
Max 210 VA
TX
Max 800 VA

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
424 × 150 × 420 mm (16.69 × 5.91 × 16.54 in)
Weight
25.00 kg (55.2 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 2003 and 200x

Other features

Memories
-
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
4×32 bit DSP's. Built-in RTTY/PSK31 encoder/decoder. Built-in auto-AT. 7" color TFT with VGA output. Twin RX Spectrum scope. Digital voice recorder RS-232C. Built-in voice synthesizer Compact Flash card for storing personal settings.
Accessories
-

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Reviews

IC-7800 self destructs

ICOM IC-7800, Desktop HF/VHF Transceiver

Another similar problem with IC-7800, sn 0201781, mfg in 2007, sold March 2011 (new at old price). Operation for 2 hours on 18MHz, one hour CW and one hr. SSB using 200watts into 2:1 or less antenna. No problems and working great. Immediately went to CW to test SWR on 24, then on 10.1, ALL OK AT 200 WATTS AND KEY DOWN 1.5 MINUTES EACH BAND, and then on 7.0-7.2. On low end of 40meters, with key down at 200 watts (30 seconds) the rig shut down completely with the POWER switch going blank; radio totally dead. Switched off the rear AC switch, waited 30 sec and switched rear switch back on and the radio came back on to receive immediately with green ON POWER light on. Changed RF POWER knob to full CCW (lowest power), listened to 40meter signals are ok. Key down and radio turned off completely, again. Now, rear AC ON POWER switch on, but no function on the front switch ON POWER, no orange light, and no green light and negative function on all. Dead at $10,000 (or more).

Written by k4vud on Jan 10, 2012

Overall
 
Performance
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User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 2011
USD 9.00

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Price Condition Year User
USD 12499.95 Good / New 2010 HRO
USD 9.00 Mint / New 2011 k4vud
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