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Offline Alan Georges

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return of the Icom 7200?
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:03:11 AM »
The Icom 7200 was discontinued last year with the introduction of several new models.  Then this popped up yesterday:
http://www.mtcradio.com/icom-ic-7200-100w-hf-6m-ruggedized-transceiver-with-usb-port/
and this:
http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-009608
No mention of these being new-old stock, used, or anything other than just plain new.  Back in production or did somebody find a conex full that had been misplaced?

I'm kind of radioed-up at the moment and not in the market, but a lot of people lamented the passing of the 7200.  Might be a second chance buying opportunity.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 06:29:23 AM »
I had seen a rumor it was coming back, its demise due to lack of some part not a failure of the radio or marketing, et al. So I asked this very question on the Ham Radio 360 podcast FB page (MTC is a show sponsor), and the answer I got was that these are the rumored new releases, not repacks or used.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 06:43:13 AM »
It is a solid performer and good looking radio,YES,I would use it ....though I find the cost of the not provided extras ,like the front 'guard handles' and carry handles etc to be somewhat of a downer as even a carry strap of a handle is $30 and a spare power cord or Microphone for $60 to $70 makes one look towards the lower cost ICOM 718,Yaesu FT450D,or even the Yaesu FT857 as rugged is cool,but we aren't dragging our radios around by the antenna cable...I find rugged as not a primary concern. I still 'like' the 7200,even with the small display.
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I also think about how I hear it was discontinued due to lack of parts production?

It is a 10 year old design and this is a PLUS as the 'bug' have been fixed buy now and the IF Digital Noise Suppression is a real plus for those who know,or learn,how to use it effectively.If I were in the market for a HF radio,it would be on my short list.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 09:15:19 AM »
Overall I like that this is again available.  Choice is good.

It should be lower priced IMHO.  I'm not sure I would pay a $200-300 premium for "ruggedness". 
The IC-7200 is too large to be "portable".  For emergency field use, many HF rigs may be mounted into a case similar to DJ equipment.

If it got to $700 or lower, I would strongly consider it.  On paper the features seem on par with FT-450D, which is considerably cheaper, has a bigger display and built-in AT.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 10:27:38 AM »
I wonder if CERT types or government agencies would be a good fit for this radio. I see more and more responders Are putting HF into their tool box.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2017, 05:05:01 PM »
If it got to $700 or lower, I would strongly consider it.  On paper the features seem on par with FT-450D, which is considerably cheaper, has a bigger display and built-in AT.
That's exactly what nixed it for me in favor of a 450D.  But still, a good radio.  If you've just got to have something with tacticool handles on it, these guy'll make'em for you: http://www.portablezero.com

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2017, 08:27:27 PM »
That's exactly what nixed it for me in favor of a 450D.  But still, a good radio.  If you've just got to have something with tacticool handles on it, these guy'll make'em for you: http://www.portablezero.com

Can they make Obama Ears for an 857 yaesu?

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2017, 04:21:02 PM »
I linked this on the brushbeater thread, but FYI

https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/icom-7200-is-back-for-now/

The lack of a built in tuner is bugging me.  Suppose a nice $200 LDG - that + $900 for the IC-7200 puts you at $1100.

Why not spend $200 more and get the new IC-7300?  That has LOADS of cool features and seems like a level (or two) above radios in the class of the IC-7200

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2017, 04:43:29 PM »
Also, is it correct that the IC-7200 lacks FM?  While not a high priority for HF, with the addition of 6 meters, seems prudent to have 6m repeater capability.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2017, 04:57:17 PM »
Well now it's at the SWLing Post, that clinches it, must be true!
http://swling.com/blog/2017/01/icom-ic-7200-back-in-production/

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2017, 06:33:40 PM »
The 7200 does not have FM as an available mode for 6 Meters.
I've never missed it :P

Also, is it correct that the IC-7200 lacks FM?  While not a high priority for HF, with the addition of 6 meters, seems prudent to have 6m repeater capability.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2017, 10:11:20 PM »
The 7200 does not have FM as an available mode for 6 Meters.
I've never missed it :P

There's considerable 6m repeater use in my area.  I just assume any 6m rig I buy have the ability to use them.

I also have snow tires on my car, but I'm sure someone in Florida could talk me out of those too :)

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2017, 04:57:36 AM »
The six meter and ten meter bands 'open' and support long distance capability so seldom and unpredictably that I would not worry with
it,even for fun, as HF on 15 through 80 meters is far more useful and predictable...especially 40-60-80 meters with NVIS allowing for
better coverage of local 50 to 600 miles and irregular terrain of mountains and valleys that block UHF/VHF communications .

  Knowledge and wire to construct easy,effective,antennas and a good auto or manual antenna tuner are far more important than FM
for FM is no where near as capable of being heard as SSB,CW,PSK31 or other digital formats.

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Re: return of the Icom 7200?
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2017, 11:03:01 AM »
While I was eagerly looking forward to my regional hamfest/swap meet in March, unfortunately life got in the way and I'll be attending a memorial service out of town that weekend.

The idea of a gently used FT-450D for around $500 was pretty appealing, and I'm fairly confident I could get one given the large size of our swap meet.  But for retail, the IC-7200 is only $100 or so more, and from all accounts has superior DSP and filtering.  Generally a better receiver.  But I'm not sure if I'm ready to drop $900+ on a radio quite yet.