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Product Profile: Icom IC-705 HF/VHF/UHF D-STAR All Mode Portable Transceiver

More than 42,000 Hams from around the world flocked to this year’s Ham Fair (August 31-September 1) in Tokyo, hoping to get a first look at what’s on the horizon for Amateur Radio operators.

Icom’s booth at Japan’s largest Amateur Radio event became the center of attention with the unveiling of its IC-705 HF/VHF/UHF D-STAR All Mode Portable Transceiver. This unique rig boasts the features of Icom’s IC-7300, IC-7610 and  IC-9700 in a portable QRP package small enough to hold in one hand (7.9” W x 3.1” H x 3.3” D) and fit inside a backpack for portable fun or EMCOMM operating. Features include:

  • SDR Direct Sampling technology for low noise and low distortion receiver performance and impressive transmission capabilities
  • Color touch screen and high-speed, high-resolution spectrum scope and waterfall display in real time
  • All-band, all-mode transceiver capability: 160-6m+2m+70cm; SSB/CW/RTTY/AM/FM/DV (D-STAR)
  • Built-in BluetoothÒ and wireless LAN
  • Fully equipped for D-STAR functions
  • 10W output power on external 13.8V supply or 5W with included clip-in rear panel battery pack (BP-272 Li-Ion)
  • Provided whip antenna for VHF/UHF, speaker microphone, and DC power cable

The IC-705 is designed to fit in an optional backpack (LC-192), featuring holes for antenna, as well as coaxial and microphone cables.

Billed by Icom as “Your New Partner for Field Operations,” the IC-705 is expected to be available in Spring 2020. Hams can place their reservation for the transceiver at DXEngineering.com. The IC-705 is currently awaiting FCC Type Certification.

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