Hi Randy:For those that have used both, which is a better receiver for Vhf and Uhf?
Further, and I may be wrong, but it's my understanding that the 7100 U.S. versions were "cellular blocked" for the entire 800 MHz range.
I never owned a 7100, but it was my understanding that it was a step down from the 7000, which I do own. I owned an 8500 as well, and it was definitely superior to the 7000.
Yes the IC-R7000 was a great radio in it's time! For many of you disappointed in the performance if the IC-R7100, it could be that yours was several years old. Both the IC-R7000, and the IC-R7100 were plagued by power supplies that ran hot, and capacitors that would fail over time. I bought my IC-R7100 brand new when it first came out, prior to the cellular ban. A good friend of mine also bought one at the same time. We were both very happy with it's performance.
I will say the IC-R8500 is much easier to operate! It's not plagued by ICOM's infamous way of doing things!
I had an R7100 for a while. I sold it for several reasons. The main reason was the loud clicking relays when it switched to a different band. God I hated that! Maybe grouping all the fequencies of the same band together would have made things less noisy but it is not a realistic way to scan or monitor. Second, Neither the 8500 nor the 7100 had CTCSS or DCS so intermod is an issue in s heavy RF area. The radio was sensitive though!