[CQ-Contest] Icom 756PRO as a CW contest rig

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Sun Jan 2 01:56:51 PST 2011

It's a horrible contest rig, for either CW or SSB.  I still keep mine as 
a backup (my regular rig is now a K3), but during contests the AGC 
pumping on CW and the "growling" on SSB drove me crazy.  The thumping on 
CW from strong stations 20 KHz away made even moderate signals difficult 
to copy, and I sometimes got growling on SSB from stations even further 
away than that.  It's a decent general purpose rig, but I'd never rely 
on it for contest work without someone holding a gun to my head.  You'd 
get the same poor performance from it if you were trying to work weak DX 
within 10 or 15 KHz of a strong pileup or loud station.

Look at the Sherwood data on it if you don't believe me.  Pretty ugly ...

Dave  AB7E

On 1/1/2011 6:47 PM, John Geiger wrote:
> How does the Icom 756PRO do under heavy CW QRM?  Some of the eham.net reviews weren't very flattering in terms of CW performance.
> 73s John AA5JG
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