The IC-7600 compared to other Icom HF radios

by Adam Farson, VA7OJ/AB4OJ

Table 1: Comparison of key features for IC-7600 and other Icom HF radios.
Feature IC-756Pro III IC-7600 IC-7700 IC-7800
RF Output 100W 100W 200W 200W
Display Size 5 inch 5.8 inch 7 inch 7 inch
Display Type Non-Std. QVGA VGA VGA
Resolution 320x240 400x240 800x400 800x400
Backlight Type CCFL* LED (white) CCFL CCFL
Meter Type Moving-Coil On-Screen On-Screen On-Screen
Power Supply External External Internal Internal
Primary Power 13.8V DC 13.8V DC AC Mains AC Mains
Max. Scope Span 100 kHz 250 kHz 250 kHz 250 kHz
Scope Fix Mode No Yes Yes Yes
Scope IF Filter Analogue (Ceramic) DSP DSP DSP
Scope Min. RBW 1 kHz 100 Hz 100 Hz 100 Hz
Scope Sweep Speed Fixed Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable
Dual Watch Yes (Same Band) Yes (Same Band) No (Single) Yes (Dual RX)
IP3 +30 dBm +30 dBm +40 dBm +40 dBm
Digital Preselector No No Yes Yes
1st IF (Roofing) Filter 15 kHz only 3/6/15 kHz 3/6/15 kHz 3/6/15 kHz
IF Stages (Conversions) 3 2 2 2
Image Rejection Mixer No Yes Yes Yes
Digital Audio I/O None USB S/P-DIF S/P-DIF
USB PC Connectivity No Yes No No
USB Keyboard No Yes Yes Yes
Keyboard memory-keyer edit No Yes Yes Yes
Integral PSK31 No Yes Yes Yes
CW Audio Peak Filter No Yes Yes Yes
CW/AM Auto Tune No Yes Yes Yes
Manual Notch Width Fixed WIDE/MID/NAR WIDE/MID/NAR WIDE/MID/NAR
Noise Blanker Type Analogue DSP DSP DSP
Send Relay Type LEAD LEAD/MOSFET LEAD/MOSFET LEAD/MOSFET
RX ANT In/Out Jumper RX ANT In only Internal relay Internal relay By jumpers
Additional PA Metering None Voltage/Current Voltage/Current Voltage/Current
PA Temp. Indicator No Yes Yes Yes
Voice Synthesizer OPT (UT-102) Yes Yes Yes
External Display No No Yes Yes
Memory Card None USB Stick USB Stick Compact Flash
Firmware Upgrading No USB Stick USB Stick/CAT5 Comp. Flash/CAT5
* CCFL = Cold-Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
View the Official IC-7600 Comparison Chart (PDF)
Download my IC-7600 User Review & Test Report (PDF)
Copyright  2009 A. Farson VA7OJ/AB4OJ. All rights reserved.
Last updated: 11/15/2012
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