ICOM IC-R70 Desktop Shortwave receiver

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The Icom R70 receiver system is a quadruple conversion superheterodyne covering 100 kHz to 30 MHz with 100 Hz display resolution. Modes of reception includes AM, SSB, RTTY, CW and FM [with EX257 option]. Advanced features include: Pass Band Tuning, IF notch, adjustable AGC, three tuning rates, dual VFOs, Scope Jack, Line Output, RIT, dial lock, converter input jack, adjustable noise blanker and built-in preamplifier.

Frequency range

RX-range
0.1-30 MHz
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
250 Hz after 1 Hour
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
Sensitivity
0.16 µV 1.6-30 MHz SSB/CW (S+N/N=10dB)
Selectivity
AM 6.0 kHz, SSB 2.3 kHz
Receiver system
Quadruple conversion
IF-frequencies
1st: 70.4515 MHz
2nd: 9.0115 MHz
3rd: 455 kHz
4th: 9.0115 MHz
Image rejection
>60 dB
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
SO-239 + Clamps / screws
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC or mains
Current drain RX
-
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
286 × 110 × 276 mm (11.26 × 4.33 × 10.87 in)
Weight
7.40 kg (16.3 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1982 and 1984
MPN

Other features

Memories
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Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

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What is it worth?

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Based on historic data, today's value of the ICOM IC-R70 might be around:

  • EUR 181.00
  • USD 198.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 399.95 Good / New 2010 universal-radio
EUR 300.00 Mint / Used 2011 Hugo26

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Stories & reviews

One of the best hf receivers ever made ...

ICOM IC-R70, Desktop Shortwave receiver

Ever means ... 1985 - 2011. Bought in 2011 for 300 bucks. Running like new ... amazing. Look and style are personal, but i like the mil-look. Even the frontpanel is made of solid steel, never seen @ other brands. I keep this one 4 ever!! See my website for a look inside: http://home.kpn.nl/visse803/pd0oyh/index.html

Written by Hugo26 on Nov 28, 2011

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Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 2011
EUR 300.00

Excellent High Sensitivity Receiver

ICOM IC-R70, Desktop Shortwave receiver

I have owned this receiver since December 1996. I paid 390.00 for it and have never been disappointed that I purchased it. I received it in mint, (Read, New Condition). The 4x IF conversion lets this radio hear everything, along with a low noise figure. Front panel is cast aluminum, switches have never gone bad and the REAL Analogue meter along with the nice blue-green(dimmable)vacuum flourescent display shows this radio is a true top shelf item, even so many years after it's original introduction. This radio is so good, the US Govt. used it as one of their receivers for monitoring. I still have the R70 and do not plan to ever sell it. This was one of the most sensitive user friendly and quality constructed gear to come along in the consumer market. The current pricing is still at or around 400.00 US. I do hear, however, that the first models had some problems. Mine was in the last stages of production,1993,so, obviously, whatever was amiss was corrected by the production date of the unit I purchased. If you can still find one in good condition and you trust the seller, I would not hesitate to have this as one of my main receivers in the station.

Overall
 
Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 1996
USD 390.00