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ICOM’s Portable All Mode IC-705 Transceiver Is Coming. Have You Thought About an Upgraded Antenna?

For those chomping at the bit to get their hands on ICOM’s IC-705 HF/50/144/430 MHz All Mode Portable Transceiver, you can get ahead of the game by having an upgraded antenna system ready when it arrives.

Now available from DX Engineering, the HFJ-350M 3.5-50 MHz 9-Band and HFJ-350M Toy Box 10-Band Portable Telescopic Antennas from Comet make welcome companions for the IC-705—or any portable HF rig. Perfect for operating in the field, tossing in a backpack, or stashing in your Go-Kit, these antennas are designed with a “wander-lead” that makes changing frequencies simple and fast. The combination of a base coil with five taps and a plug wire along with the 10-section telescopic whip top section provides a lightweight antenna that is easy to use. Quick manual changes can be executed by using the plug tap connection and whip length to tune any HF band.

The HFJ-350M model features:

  • 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6M band coverage
  • Three divisions
  • Extended height of 65.5 inches, collapsible to 14.25 inches
  • 10-section telescopic element for fine-tuning SWR
  • 9.2 oz. weight
  • Maximum power: 75W PEP SSB on 3.5 MHz; 100W SSB PEP 7.0 – 50 MHz
  • Vinyl roll-up case
  • UHF (PL-259) antenna base mount

The HFJ-350M Toy Box model features:

  • 9-band coverage plus a 3.5 MHz expansion coil for 160M
  • Four divisions
  • Extended height of 75.6 inches, collapsible to 14.25 inches
  • 10-section telescopic element for fine-tuning SWR
  • 14.3 oz. weight
  • Maximum power: 75W PEP SSB on 3.5 MHz; 100W SSB PEP 7.0 – 50 MHz
  • Vinyl roll-up case
  • UHF (PL-259) antenna base mount

Comet recommends to use these antennas on your UHF mount or adapter with a counterpoise wire and tuner for best results. The antenna UHF base includes a side terminal for a counterpoise connection. The antennas are not intended for mobile operation.

Also, check out this video on what you can expect from the IC-705.

What do Hams think?

I am a brand new Ham. I bought this antenna and a Yaesu FT891 for my first HF rig…Once I read the instructions and measured the antenna to the correct length with the correct length of counterpoise, I got very good results. It can very easily be tuned by moving the antenna up and down to adjust the SWR. I was doing a 10M group the other night and they could not believe the signal that I was putting out sitting on my back porch with my FT891, a battery, and this antenna.

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