Yesterday, Icom posted the following teaser and image above on Twitter in advance of the 2022 Hamvention:
Are you ready for Dayton Hamvention 2022? Something new and exciting is on the horizon, visit us in building 2 from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22.
At first, I was scratching my head because the product image (at the top of the page) looks like an IC-705, but the frequency displayed is 5.780 GHz. Then I remembered mention of Icom’s SHF (Super High Frequency) Band Challenge some months ago.
I looked up the SHF Project page on Icom Japan’s website and found the details.
Basically, Icom seems to be repurposing the IC-705 platform to be used as a controller for the SHF transceiver. Why not? The IC-705 has fantastic ergonomics and a brilliant spectrum display.
In order to mitigate line losses, the SHF transceiver/RF module is designed to be mounted directly on a tower at the antenna and controlled remotely via a LAN cable. Here’s a simple diagram from Icom’s news release:
Here’s what the SHF RF module looks like:
Icom will have the new SHF-P1 controller prototype on display at the 2022 Hamvention:
I think it’s pretty cool that Icom’s working on a 2.4 GHz/5.6 GHz project even during these challenging times for manufacturers. I’ve never even tinkered in these frequency ranges, but I think it would be a lot of fun to explore.
For more information about this project and links to all previous news releases, check out the SHF project page on Icom’s website.