Once again, we are honored to present a new Icom HF/6m transceiver in advance of the 2008 Dayton Hamvention.
The above photo illustrates the IC-7200 as presented at Tokyo HamFair 2007. The IC-7200 is a compact 100W-class HF/6m HF transceiver, utilizing Icom's well-known and proven IF-DSP architecture and feature set. Note the rugged "manpack" styling. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.
30 Dec. 2016: Great News! Icom has resumed IC-7200 production, and Icom America will soon be shipping this popular radio to US dealers. The street price has not yet been finalized, but indications are that it will be in the USD 900 range.
The IC-7200 was previously discontinued due to parts availability issues, but Icom Japan has successfully re-engineered the product to use currently-available parts. The new production run will be substantially identical in specifications and performance to the discontinued version.
This is good news for IC-7200 enthusiasts who have wished for the return of this rugged, reliable, go-anywhere radio.
Here are a pair of IC-7200's as displayed on the Icom stand at the 2008 Dayton Hamvention.
One of the most striking attributes of the IC-7200 is its construction. This is not an "ordinary" base station radio. It is an outdoor, EMCOMM-capable radio. Features such as the high-stability master oscillator, the gasketing around all the panels, and the 100W power output are perfect for those first responders sending E-Mail via an HF network from a USB-connected laptop.
Icom Japan have now announced the IC-7200 on their website, at a domestic MSRP of JPY 104790 (incl. tax).
Emission types: SSB (2K8J3E), CW (A1A), RTTY (F1B*, F2B), AM (5K6A3E)
AGC loop management
Digital IF filter with selectable bandwidth and shape factor, optimized for each emission type
Digital Twin PBT
Manual notch filter with 70 dB stopband attenuation and selectable width
Twin Peak Filter (TPF) for RTTY
Digital noise reduction (NR)
Digital noise blanker (NB)
Digital RF speech compressor
* F1B transmit only; F1B and F2B receive.
6 kHz roofing filter
USB port for CI-V format PC control and baseband (audio) input/output
Downloadable Icom USB driver permits simple interface with popular ham radio software
201 memory channels
On-screen Po, SWR and ALC metering
Speech synthesizer announces S-meter reading, frequency and mode
What, no ATU? It will be noted that the IC-7200 is not equipped with an internal ATU. This makes a lot of sense in an entry-level transceiver; by omitting the internal tuner limited to a 3:1 VSWR range, the radio manufacturer can pack more performance into a smaller, simpler package and allow the user to select an ATU as required.
Icom offers an excellent line of accessory autotuners: the IC-AT180, IC-AH3 and IC-AH4. Alternatively, one can leave the tuning aspect to the people specializing in that technology (such as MFJ, LDG and SGC). The configurability and high quality of these "aftermarket" tuners makes them a much more attractive proposition than a limited-capability internal ATU.
Generally, no ATU is required when using the IC-7200 as an exciter for a modern solid-state or tube amplifier.
The IC-7200 received FCC certification on July 28, 2008. FCC ID: AFJ301500
IC-7200 Modifications (latest information)
View IC-7200 interior images
Download my IC-7200 User Evaluation & Test Report (PDF)
IC-7200 Review by Peter Hart G3SJX (external link, PDF)
Download the IC-7200 brochure (PDF)
Download the USB Driver
Driver information for Silicon Labs USB/UART Bridge (Windows, Mac, Linux)
TI PCM2901 USB Codec information
Icom Japan IC-7200 Page (in English)
"Roll your own" microphone for the IC-7200 and other Icom radios
Lennart Deimert SE5X: HM-36 modification
Stuart Martin K2QDE: IC-7200 Front Panel Illumination
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Last updated: 09/03/2018