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Friday, April 6, 2018

IC-R8600 is not so hot

Before purchasing the ICOM IC-R8600, I did a lot of research. I read all the reviews I could find and in general, most of them gave the radio high marks.

N9EWO's review gave me a little concern, but was not a deal-breaker and I bought the radio despite comments that the radio "runs quite warm almost near HOT after a 3 to 4 hours of operation (especially at the marked regulated 13.8 DC volts, screen saver off)!"

I am using a Powerwerx SS-30DV to power my IC-R8600 and it outputs 14.1 VDC, so in theory, my radio should run a bit warmer than it would at 13.8 VDC.

The radio is warm, but not "quite warm" and is far from running "almost near HOT" after 3 or 4 hours of operation, as well as after 8 to 10 hours. And this in a house with the AC off and the furnace maintaining a room temperature of 68℉.

Perhaps, N9EWO's radio was an early production model and the heat problem was fixed by the time ICOM produced my radio.

In any case, my IC-R8600 is not so hot.

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