[LarrysList] Cheap Icom Radios

Larry Staples larrystaples at mac.com
Tue Jun 14 10:18:57 CDT 2016

Good Morning, Larry ----  There are new IC-7300 and perhaps others appearing on ebay for sale at well below the normal prices.   Upon close Inspection, they are not USA radios and do not have parts of our ham-bands.  I asked Joel Hallas, W1ZR, “The Doctor is In”,  about this and below is the response received from Icom:
Ken Shubert, K0KS
k0ks at k0ks.com

From: Ray Novak [RayNovak at IcomAmerica.com]
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2016 8:38 PM
To: Hallas, Joel W1ZR
Subject: RE: US sale of non-US Icom radios

I am sorry to have not responded until now.  Seeing this came in right around Dayton, plus two Graduations, I am a bit behind.  Below are my answers:

1. Do radios purchased in this way have warranty coverage provided by Icom America? Perhaps directly by Icom Japan? 

a. The warranties are supported by the country of purchase.  So, if the purchase is outside your country, you will have to send the radio to the purchasing country for any warranty work.

2. Is it possible to make the radios cover the full US bands (mainly 80, 40 and 60 meters, as I see it)

a. The modification to expand the TX range varies by country, and voids the warranty.

3. Are the purchasers subject to any US Customs import duties?

a. This is solely the responsibility of the purchaser, and there are concerns regarding the importation of Icom products due to counterfeiting. So, there may be some issues getting the product delivered.

4. Any other areas of concern?

a. I would expect an organization such as the ARRL would discourage the purchase/importation of a product from outside the country when they have in-country representation and support.
Best regards,
Ray Novak, N9JA 
Senior Sales Manager  

Icom America Inc.
12421 Willows Road NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
425.450.6022 office
N9JA at icomamerica.com

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