Icom IC-9700 frequency modification

The first IC-9700 frequency modification appeared online. Marcus (PA2DB) from HamShop.nl posted this. The modification only works on European models and by removing 2 diodes the frequency can be expanded by a few MHz to the USA market. That means 2 MHz extra from 146-148 MHz (which is a welcome modification for UK users since they have temporarily access to 146-147 MHz) and extension from 440-450 MHz. No wideband or MARS/CAP modification available yet. I guess the diodes can be found in the front.

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    • Glenn on 01/05/2019 at 15:46
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    I doubt there will ever be an expansion of the RX and TX outside of the bands but I too hope there will be one. I’d like to see cross band repeat too. On the 910 and 9100, you had to solder IN a diode. A bit of a pain but worth it.

    • Jay Hursting on 29/08/2019 at 18:34
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    Glenn, what makes you doubt this?

    • Glenn on 29/08/2019 at 20:17
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    I doubt it because Icom (along with those with seemingly more direct knowledge about this) says it will never happen. I would LOVE for everyone to be wrong about that though but the reasoning is to keep the receiver as tight and sensitive as it is, they had to focus only on the Ham bands.

      • Jay Hursting on 31/08/2019 at 06:31
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      Too bad, but completely understandable. I wonder how the new IC-705 will fare…

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