One thing I wouldn't like about the 7300 is that it has no USB port for a keyboard or mouse for RTTY/PSK and using point and click on the spectrum scope like my 7600 has.
Your 7600 is twice the price of a 7300. Add too many features and the 7300 is no longer an entry level radio. Personally I would much rather have two 7300s over a single 7600.
I just think it odd that the 7300 is so well equipped for RTTY and PSK with decoding and all but has no provisions for using a keyboard. Using the built in macros is fine for DX pile up working and 599 TU contacts but they don't accommodate normal ragchewing very well. It is the only thing I think I would miss so they don't need a whole LOT of other features for me, just that one. But then I use RTTY a lot. If you don't it is not an issue.
Would I buy a new 7600 now, since the 7300 is out there? No, but when I bought the 7600 it wasn't out there and there was not even a hint of it. No doubt the 7300 is killing the remaining sales of the 7600. Maybe there will be some steep discounts soon if not already. I haven't looked.
As popular and successful as the 7300 is, it may keep a lot of people from buying the 7610 and steam roll right over it in sales and popularity.
Well the 7600 is around $2500 , but was is really puzzling is I see a lot of 7800 for sale foe around $5000 they all mention a recent trip to Icom for new roofing filters (that's an expensive proposition for a rig of its size and weight in shipping alone, yet can't find anything about a recall or defect or anything) that makes me suspicious , the thing I don't like about the 7600 is the lack of external display which I think the 7300 suffers from as well, I was hoping that the 7600 would have a significant advantage over like the 7300 but it appears they are almost a dead heat and the 7610 little is known least of all premier date or specs , so I guess it would be the 7700 if i want keyboard external display and program ability from USB or chip , that gets into a lot more money than I wanted to spend,and begins the question of going flex or something, which I also did not want to really do. Why can't they make a simple rig with display and keyboard port as standard instead of playing model bingo looking for the stuff we need, but I guess it all comes down to capitalism and being in a big transition period on radio styling and redefining necessary features .
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The 7300 has set a precedence with Icom and if they keep all the good stuff the 7300 has and expand on its performance and features in the 7610, I think it will have its own following and record sales.
I have not explored the optional software for the 7300, but doesn't it allow for complete operation of RTTY and PSK via the computer keyboard?
The Icom RS-BA1 software is the solution for that. It's a program that runs on your computer and interfaces with the radio, either IC-7300 or 7600. I've heard good things about it....the thing I don't like about the 7600 is the lack of external display which I think the 7300 suffers from as well,