“I love that radio…”
“I can’t stand that radio…”
“Why did I ever sell that radio…?”
If you you follow QRPer.com or my YouTube channel, you’ve likely seen these too.
We’re passionate about our radios for good reason: they’re the hands-on bit…our main interface with our wireless world.
Something that has really surprised me are the number of comments I’ve seen from readers and subscribers praising the IC-703.
Since I posted my last activation video, I’ve gotten so many notes on QRPer, YouTube, and via email from those of you who simply love the IC-703.
At least seven of you have told me you still have the original IC-703/+ you purchased new and that you’ll never let go of it.
I love hearing comments like this. The ‘703 is a cool radio in so many respects.
My IC-703 Plus has been a little temperamental and I need to do the Icom-suggested modification that sorts out keyer lock ups. As you’ll see in my next field report, mine does still have issues using end-fed antennas even when using an in-line common mode choke. I could, of course, attach counterpoises to my end-fed antennas and likely mitigate this, but I’d like the ‘703 to be robust enough to handle antennas in my kit just like my other field radios.
I’m convinced the modification will work based on what I’ve read.
Again: great to see all of the ‘703 love! Thanks for that!