What you get for $1000 just can’t be beat – at any level or price point
I had a Yaesu FT-1000D and the Mark V, I had the Orion and Orion II, I had the Elecraft K3 upgraded to a K3S, and I have the KX-3 and 7300 now. Oh – I had the ICOM IC-7610 too. I do know they are all different and what each does and what each is worth.
Of all of the radios I have had – the IC-7300 far and away at its price point is just astounding. I have been doing lots of A – B tests with the KX-3 – which is AWESOME, and the 7300 keeps up with it and even exceeds it in some situations (more than I had expected). The KX-3 is not far below the K3 or K3S, so by association, the 7300 does compete with a K3.
What is funny is how ICOM has kind created a challenge for themselves as far as pricing their other radios. The IC-7300 is NO “Loss Leader” – its a damned great radio – so many will purchase it and be happy with that and feel no need to “step up”. I wonder sometimes if they have shot themselves in the foot – or maybe, they have opened the door to new lower priced radios that offer performance only seen in much more expensive radios?
I sure hope so.