The best choice for an economical HAM?
The Icom IC-7300 is a popular base station ham radio transceiver that is known for its excellent performance and feature set. Not just in comparison to it’s price point which is great but even when stacked up against larger more professional contest grade siblings.
It has a highly sensitive receiver that can pick up weak signals, and it has a robust power output of up to 100 watts, which makes it capable of making long distance contacts with SSB, CW, Digital, etc. The IC-7300 also has a built-in automatic antenna tuner and while it isn’t as versatile as others it still can more often than not create a match for your antenna.
It has a large touchscreen display, which makes it easy to navigate and customize the radio’s settings. Anyone who’s used ICOM’s know that their layout’s are the best in the business in my estimation.
Additionally, the IC-7300 has a wide range of digital connectivity options, that allow for easy integration with a computer for digital modes. Overall, the Icom IC-7300 is a top choice for many ham radio operators as a base station transceiver due to its excellent performance and incredible value.
It also has a wide support from the community and can be easily modified although it will void your warranty. I myself have replaced the fan with a Noctua fan which has been incredible. I also put in a SDR output so I can monitor the bands for CW when required (contests, etc) or just see a large swath on a scope on the computer vs the built in screen.
73, Tyler Kacsor