4m Here we Come! July 29th, 2013
During our changes that we made recently to the antenna system was the installation of a very compact dual band 6m and 4m Yagi made by InnobAntennas and designed by G0KSC. This is an interesting design because it is very compact, with a boom little more than a meter long, It offers operation on two of our most interesting bands, both of which offer sporadic E possibilities on a predictable basis.
It is also very timely because we now have a demo model of the new Icom IC-7100 transceiver. I have not had time to operate this radio properly yet, but it does seem very lively and could well become a serious competitor for those who want all band performance up to 70cms. And with 4m operation expanding rapidly in Europe, this is really the only option available.
It was a pleasant surprise to learn that the final retail price is far lower than everybody expected. At one time the price had been rumored to be approaching £1,800 and the feeling within the trade is that Icom, for whatever reason, were forced to rethink the price. This will certainly kill off the sale of the IC-7000 unless Icom are planning to reduce this price as well.
For those wanting to purchase the IC-7100, we are now taking orders and expect to fulfill all those orders towards the end of August. Oh and by the way, the photo at the top is not the 3 element per band, nut the 4 elmeant per band. I have not yet got a photo of the smaller one. Peter G3OJV