Icom 705 Be Active Field Radio Finally Announced

Icom announced the new Icom 705 Field radio at ham Fair 2019

All Modes including DV and covers HF, 6m, 2m, 70 cm

The European model will include the 4m band

This will compete against the Yaesu FT-991/991a directly offering multiband performance in a single package.

Icom 7100 is now going to be officially discontinued and all inventory being cleared out to make room for this radio at retailers shelves

Its missing the built in tuner forcing users to add a AH-4 or LDG tuner to the go box
HF + 50MHz + 144MHz + 430MHz

SSB | CW | RTTY | AM | FM | DV

10W output power

Large color screen

SDR architecture

Internal battery that can use batteries from the ID-51 handheld. Please note the belt clip will need to be removed

GPS & Bluetooth

D-STAR equipped

Wifi capability

Can be charged via USB port

comes with a speaker/mic and vhf/uhf rubber duck and the same battery used in the ID-51 allowing 5 watts

10 watts usung 13.8 volts

weighs 1kg

all the touch screens and features of the 7300 in a 8x8x4 box


For active QRP, Field and SOTA operators this changes everything and brings a new style of radio to the mix.




  1. Nathan Long · 22 Days Ago

    “Icom 7100 is now officially discontinued and all inventory being cleared out to make room for this radio at retailers shelves” What is the source here? This isn’t something that is usually “announced” during a press conference, and this isn’t being reported anywhere else… Also, it doesn’t seem like a 100w HF mobile/base radio (ft-991a/ic-7100) occupies the same market space as a 10W QRP field radio.


    • ve3ips · 22 Days Ago

      Nathan, many 7100 owners use their radio on D-Star so this makes a wonderful replacement with an awesome display. Many 991 owners again use the radio for the upper bands and as a field radio to replace their old FT-897 so this would be an ideal choice. Comparisons are already being made for digital users where this radio could shine. Icom is supplying a uhv/vhf rubber duck so its hinting to how the japanese hams will use this radio. My Elecraft lovers are already claiming that Icom missed the mark. I gotta say it can use my ID-51 batteries, has usb, gps, sc card and bluetooth and I am on the waiting list. https://icomuk.co.uk/files/icom/PDF/newsFile/IC-705_Tokyo_Hamfair.pdf

      Icom makes for Japanese hams and Rocket Radio in Tokyo is already taking deposits.

      Look at the FT-891 being popular as a QRP radio where the market is blurring.


      • Nathan Long · 19 Days Ago

        Has ICom released an official statement that the IC-7100 is discontinued?


      • ve3ips · 19 Days Ago

        Icom has a $100 discount in effect to clear inventory and the local retail stockist has it on special order only. They HAVE NOT made a statement but apparently that is the plan.


  2. ve7hamradio · 16 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on Coastal Ham Radio.


  3. ctd1500a · 13 Days Ago

    Big mistake… 10 watts is nothing compared to 100 watts. QRP can only really be marginally effective if you have a fantastic antenna setup. Anyone who buys one of these and expects to work stations reliably is either delusional or must have an absolutely fantastic antenna setup and possibly a huge brick amplifier that covers HF, VHF, and UHF.


    • ve3ips · 13 Days Ago

      Thousands of QRP enthusiasts are making contacts with less than 10 watts. Charles, the trick is to use the right antenna. I have QSL cards to prove it

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      • ctd1500a · 9 Days Ago

        I do not disagree but it requires a great antenna installation requiring usually a massive investment in money and ideal real estate locations. It can be done but to set the expectation that anyone can buy this little radio and expect to make reliable contacts with it is a mistake. Again there is a huge difference between 10 and 100 watts.
        If you are living in an apartment or a condo with severe antenna restrictions then qrp is going to be next to impossible.


  4. WB3GCK · 10 Days Ago

    I had high hopes for the new ICOM rig but the lack of an internal tuner is a show-stopper for me. — 73, Craig WB3GCK


    • ve3ips · 10 Days Ago

      Craig, the Elecraft T1 will be perfect. Come on man, what do you use on the FT-817? Linked Dipoles will not need a tuner or a Wolf River Coil.


      • WB3GCK · 10 Days Ago

        I have the T1 but my KX3 has spoiled me. I’ve used linked dipoles and EFHWs but lowering the antenna to change bands is a pain.


  5. ve7fky · 7 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on VE7FKY’S Blog.


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