This review is close to my experience with the IC-7610:
The most important thing is his comment on how clear the 7610 receiver sounds – which I can vouch for when I worked 3B7A last night on 40M SSB. Weak signals just sound a bit “clearer” than when I had my K3. Being at the bottom of the cycle – and needing only Bouvet and Glorioso, this is very important. I also did get the rig at the price Bob suggested would be a good deal, and agree with him – I wasn’t interested when the rig first came out.
Here are the features that the 7610 and K3 share – and I am not even bothering with price points (Elecraft has everything as an option – all of these are standard in the 7610):
The only thing that I do worry a little about is longevity of a touch screen and ICOM support. Its hard to beat Elecraft support and service. Another important thing is “Modularity” – if you want or need a modular approach – Elecraft is the king. The benefit is that you add features as you need them – and you can also build the rig and components yourself. If you want “everything in one box” then the 7610 wins.
As Bob said – 200 watts would have really put the 7610 over the edge on the K3 for me. I’m at a point where I no longer want an amp and I also don’t want a bunch of boxes and cables all over the place. If they come out with a IC-7610D, then I would really be wowed.
I have no regrets and love this rig. It, combined with the UrbanBeam and my other two TX antennas and Wellbrook Loops for RX – all plugged into one box and with the receiver as great as it is is where my needs and wants are now.
Working 3B7A was the most fun I’ve had since working #100 for 9BDXCC a couple of months ago. It proves that my entire antenna and station makeover turned out to be a good move.