Exciting times ahead part II

Posted: September 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

In addition to the rare and exciting DXpeditions that have been announced, there is also some exciting new gear on the horizon and a new and very exciting digital mode to enjoy.


Sales for ICOM’s long anticipated IC-7610 are expected very soon. But wait! There is more! Just revealed at the Tokyo Ham Fair 2017 is a new ICOM IC-9700 SDR 144/440/1296 all mode rig!


The new ICOM IC-9700 at the Tokyo Ham fair.

Elecraft has received FCC approval for their new KPA1500 legal limit solid state amplifier and they are now taking orders. I’m very excited about this new amp. If it operates as well as the KPA500/KAT500 combo it will be a huge hit!


The Elecraft KPA1500 shown at IDXC Visalia 2017.

SBE is taking orders for their new Expert 1.5K-FA legal limit solid state amplifier.


It has got a little more power output than the venerable Expert 1.3K-FA in a similar light and nimble package. Ideal for DXpeditions!

Flex Radio is also taking orders for their legal limit “Power Genius” solid state amplifier.


Its a great time to be in the market for a new rig or amplifier. And lastly, many of us are enjoying the new FT8 Digital mode by Joe Taylor K1JT. Its a faster and fun way to work some rare ones via this new digital mode.


Here is an image of FT8 by Jim Heath W6LG. You can view a presentation on how to use this new mode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3iuPyIFhco

So we have new rigs, new amplifiers and an exciting new mode to enjoy. Indeed, exciting times are ahead!

What do you think?

  1. Robert H. Pusch, WD8NVN says:

    More appliances for us appliance operators……

    I use an ICOM 756 Pro3, I love the durability and all the DXing features in one package.. When talking to new people to ham radio, I always explain, mention, review, multiple times, the need to buy a transceiver with ‘dual-watch’ capabilities; without such feature, I think the radio is good for rag-chewers, but incomplete and useless for day-to-day DXing, the popular IC-7300 comes to mind …!!
    The new solid state amps seem excellent… The new FT8 mode requires the operator to make a fast decision to commence the QSO listed on the screen the first call from a station…

    I think, I see a new ICOM-7610 in my shack’s future…

  2. N6PSE's Blog says:

    I think the IC-7610 has the potential to be a very good and quite popular radio!

  3. David says:

    Where is the 220MHz band on the IC-9700? Without commonly available commercial gear for 220, activity will remain low, and well lose the band.

    • N6PSE's Blog says:

      David, I think the Ham Radio manufacturers make what we will buy and sell. I think they would make 220 and 900 Mhz gear if there was a sufficient market for it. In my area, all of the 220 MHz repeaters are quiet and see little usage which tells me the 220 market is diminishing like other aspects of this hobby. I’m excited about the prospect of a new and SDR 144/440 with the 1.2 option. I think that would fit in my shack nicely.


      Paul N6PSE

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