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.
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!!
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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.
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