144, 430/440, 1200 MHz ALL MODE TRANSCEIVER


USA Version

High-Speed Real-Time Spectrum Scope, Waterfall Display, and Built-in 1200 MHz!
This Supreme VHF/UHF Transceiver Provides a Brand New Experience!

Smoother FT8 Mode Operation with Constantly Evolving Firmware

The latest firmware offers smoother FT8 operation. One touch FT8 mode preset, Scroll mode, WLAN (Access Point) function and other updates are available.

PDF download

Firmware update

144, 430/440, and 1200 MHz All Mode Transceiver
Including Satellite, DV, and DD Modes

The IC-9700 is an all mode Tri-band transceiver, covering 2 m, 70 cm, and 23 cm. In addition to the traditional SSB, AM, FM, CW, and RTTY modes, the transceiver also incorporates D-STAR (Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio) DV and DD modes. A full featured Satellite mode is built-in! There are three antenna connectors, one each for 144, 430/440, and 1200 MHz.

The Icom’s Digital Expertise

RF Direct Sampling, for 144 MHz and 430/440 MHz, is utilized in the IC-9700. For 1200 MHz, the Down Conversion IF Sampling method is adopted. In this system, signals are digitized by the ADC and processed in the FPGA. The signals are processed in the digital domain, thus eliminating distortion and other nonlinear elements seen in the legacy superheterodyne receivers. The outcome is that the signal purity is very high, and clear audio can be generated.

Real-Time Spectrum Scope and Waterfall Display


This is the first time for an Icom VHF/UHF transceiver to have a real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display comparable to an HF high tier transceiver. With the high-speed spectrum scope, you can instantly see the operating band condition. With a simple touch of the scope, you can tune the radio to the desired signals frequency. You can also view the receive signal history using the waterfall display.
Scroll mode automatically keeps the operating signal within the scope range.

Intuitive Touch Screen Display

The beautifully designed MENU screens enable you to navigate settings and functions with a simple touch. The expanded menu provides quick access to the Satellite and D-STAR functions. Additionally, a touch on-screen keyboard is available for entering alphanumeric memory channel names.

One-Touch FT8 Mode Preset

Preset memory offers smooth FT8 mode operation. You can start FT8 mode operation only by selecting [FT8] from PRESET menu. Up to five preset memories can be stored.

Independent Receiver, Full Duplex Operation


The IC-9700 can simultaneously receive on two different bands, and two different modes. For example, you can receive on the 1200 MHz band in the SSB mode while receiving on the 144 MHz band in the FM mode. This function can be a significant advantage when participating in contests or searching for weak signals. Furthermore, the IC-9700 is Full Duplex, which enables you to transmit on the main band while receiving on the sub band.

Audio Scope Function

Making good use of the Audio Scope function, various audio characteristics, such as microphone compressor level, filter width, notch filter width, and keying waveform in the CW mode can be monitored. Transmit or receive audio can either be displayed on the FFT scope and the oscilloscope.

Newly Designed Power Amplifier

This is a comparison between two transceivers' rear chassis temperatures when continuously transmitting for 15 minutes. The IC-910* rises to 65°C while the IC-9700 rises only to 45°C.
* Japanese version example when testing at 50 W.

The power amplifier outputs stable power with high efficiency (144/430 MHz band: 100/75 watts). The cooling system prevents the PA from overheating, even when operating for a long time. That ensures reliable operation during contests. This amplifier is more energy efficient than previous models.

D-STAR Operation Friendly Functions


The IC-9700 has the D-STAR Repeater (DR) function that has been well received by D-STAR enthusiasts. The DR function can be used on both the Main and Sub bands simultaneously to listen to two separate DV signals. Moreover, by using the DD mode, you can browse the Internet through a repeater station.

D-STAR System Introduction
Find the D-STAR system introduction and features from here. 

Built-in DV Gateway Functions


A static IP address can be set to the transceiver. If you set a global IP address to your router, you can use the Terminal mode or Access Point mode without any software applications.

■ Connection example (AP mode)

Almost Identical User Interface to the IC-7300

The layout of the dials and keys, and the menu screens are almost the same as the IC-7300. If you are familiar with the IC-7300, you can operate the IC-9700 without hesitation. The IC-9700 is the perfect side-by-side companion to the IC-7300, enabling operations from HF to the 1200 MHz.

Comprehensive Menus for Satellite Operation

The IC-9700's Satellite mode makes Satellite operation very easy. Even in the Satellite mode, you can use the high-quality spectrum scope.

Normal and Reverse Tracking Functions

In addition to the Reverse Tracking function there is also a Normal Tracking function. Both functions simultaneously increase or decrease both the downlink and uplink frequencies in the same steps.

AFC Function

Automatic Frequency Control follows the frequency change caused by the Doppler effect, thus maintaining a stable receive condition.

Up to 99 Satellite Memory Channels

The IC-9700 has 99 satellite memory channels that enable you to store both uplink and downlink frequencies and operating mode. By just selecting a satellite memory channel, all of your satellite settings are completed.

UDP Hole Punch Function

The UDP Hole Punch function enables Access Point mode or Terminal mode communication (limited function), even if you cannot forward port 40000, or a Global IP address is not assigned to your device. This function is convenient when you are using a free Wi-Fi hotspot.


  • When using the IC-9700 Internal Gateway function, IC-9700 version 1.10 or later is required.
  • When using an application software, RS-MS3W/RS-MS3A version 1.30 or later is required.
  • You can communicate with individual stations, or stations that are listening to a repeater, whichever you set in “TO.” Once your transmit signal passes through a punched port, a reply (receive) signal can pass back through the port.
  • You cannot hear calls from stations that initiate a call to you.
  • See the RS-MS3W or RS-MS3A instruction manuals for precautions and setting details.

Send, receive and show pictures, the IC-9700 does it all

Pictures stored on your smartphone or other device can be sent through the IC-9700. Using the ST-4001A/I/W picture utility software, you can select a picture to be sent, and then transfer it to the IC-9700 through a LAN. The IC-9700 does the rest. Image data is transmitted during voice communication, or transmitted in the DV fast data mode, by pressing a button on the display, too. The IC-9700 can also show the received picture on its LED display.

Picture Utility Software

<ST-4001A> for Android:  Download free on Google Play
<ST-4001I> for iOS:  Download free on App Store
<ST-4001W> for Windows:  Download free on the Icom website

*Operating environments

For Android: Version 5.0 or later

For iOS: 12 or later / For iPadOS: 13 or later

For Windows: Either 32 or 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1 or 10

Other Functions

  • Loud and clear audio
  • Compatible with the RS-BA1 Version 2 and CI-V commands
  • Built-in server function
  • Digital Twin PBT
  • CW functions: Full break-in, CW memory keyer, CW reverse, CW auto tuning
  • SD card slot
  • TX/RX audio recording
  • Screen capture ...and more.

Rear Panel View


Frequency coverage 144.000–148.000,
1240.000–1300.000 MHz
Number of memory channels

Simplex: 297 (99 channels × 3 bands),
Program scan edges: 18 (6 channels × 3 bands)
CALL channel: 6 (2 channels × 3 bands)
Satellite: 99
DR function: 2500

Antenna connectors 144 MHz SO-239,
430/440, 1200 MHz Type-N
Power supply requirement 13.8 V DC ±15% (Negative ground)
Power consumption Tx Less than 18 A (High power)
Rx 1.2 A typical (Standby),
Less than 1.8 A (Maximum audio)
Operating temperature range −10 °C to +60 °C; 14 °F to 140 °F
Frequency stability Less than ± 0.5 ppm
(–10°C to +60°C; 14°F to 140°F)
Frequency resolution 1 Hz
(W × H × D, projections not included)
240 × 94 × 238 mm,
9.4 × 3.7 × 9.4 in
Weight (approximately) 4.7 kg, 10.4 lb


Output power SSB/CW/RTTY/FM/DV/DD
144 MHz: 0.5–100 W
430/440 MHz: 0.5–75 W
1200 MHz: 0.1–10 W

144 MHz: 0.125–25 W
430/440 MHz: 0.125–18.75 W
1200 MHz: 0.025–2.5 W
Modulation system SSB:
Digital PSN modulation

Digital Low Power modulation

Digital Reactance modulation

Digital GMSK modulation
Spurious emissions

144 MHz: Less than –63 dB
430/440 MHz: Less than –61.8 dB
1200 MHz: Less than −53 dB

Out-of-band emission:
144 MHz: Less than −60 dB
430/440 MHz: Less than −60 dB
1200 MHz: Less than −50 dB

Carrier suppression More than 50 dB
Unwanted sideband More than 50 dB
Microphone impedance 600Ω


Receiver system 144, 430/440 MHz RF Direct Sampling
1200 MHz Down Conversion IF Sampling
Intermediate frequency
(1200 MHz band)
311–371 MHz
(Preamp: ON, Filter: SOFT)
SSB/CW (10dB S/N)
Less than 0.11 μV

AM (10dB S/N)
Less than 1.0 μV

FM (12 dB SINAD)
Less than 0.18 μV

DV (1% BER) (PN9)
Less than 0.35 μV

DD (1% BER) (PN9) (1200 MHz only)
Less than 1.59 μV
(Filter: SHARP)
SSB (BW=2.4 kHz)
More than: 2.4 kHz/-3 dB
Less than: 3.6 kHz/-60 dB

CW (BW=500 Hz)
More than: 500 Hz/-3 dB
Less than: 700 Hz/-60 dB

RTTY (BW=500 Hz)
More than: 500 Hz/-3 dB
Less than: 700 Hz/-60 dB

AM (BW=6 kHz)
More than: 6 kHz/-3 dB
Less than: 15 kHz/-60 dB

FM (BW=15 kHz)
More than: 12 kHz/-6 dB
Less than: 20 kHz/-60 dB

DV (12.5 kHz spacing)
Less than: -50 dB

DD (300 kHz spacing)
Less than: -40 dB
Spurious and image rejection ratio 144, 430/440MHz:
SSB/CW: More than 70 dB
AM/FM/DV: More than 60 dB

SSB/CW: More than 50 dB
AM/FM/DV: More than 50 dB
DD: More than 50 dB
Audio output power: More than 2.0 W (1 kHz, 10% distortion) into an 8Ω load

All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Supplied Accessories

  • HM-219 hand microphone
  • DC power cable

Catalogs / Brochures

Brochures Name Size
IC-9700(USA) 2.27MB
HAM Radios and Receivers 6.90MB
D-STAR System Introduction 1.97MB

Instruction Manual / Guides

Name Model Name Note
Instructions CS-9700
Firmware Update Information IC-9700
About the Share Pictures function IC-9700/IC-705/IC-905
About the UDP Hole Punch function ID-51A (PLUS2)/ID-51E (PLUS2) /ID-31A PLUS/ID-31E PLUS/ID-4100A/ID-4100E/IC-9700
D-STAR Updating the repeater list ID-52A PLUS/ID-52E PLUS/ID-52E/ID-52A/IC-705/IC-905/IC-9700/IC-7100/ID-4100E/ID-4100A/ID-5100E/ID-5100A/ID-51E/ID-51A/ID-31E/ID-31A/ID-31E PLUS/ID-31A PLUS/ID-50A/ID-50E
D-STAR Application Guide ID-52A/ID-52E/IC-705/IC-905/IC-9700/IC-7100/ID-4100E/ID-4100A/ID-5100E/ID-5100A/ID-51E/ID-51A/ID-31E/ID-31A/ID-31E PLUS/ID-31A PLUS/RS-MS1A/RS-MS1I/RS-MS3A/ST-4001A/ST-4001I/ID-50A/ID-50E
Installation Guide for Windows 11/10/8.1 USB3.0 Supported USB Driver (Ver.1.30) CS-7100/CS-9100/CS-9700/CS-R8600/IC-7300/RS-BA1/RS-R8600

Firmware / Software

Type Model Name Version Last Update
Programming software CS-9700 Version 1.40 2023.03.22
USB Driver IC-7100/IC-7200/IC-7300/IC-7410/IC-7600/IC-7610/IC-7850/IC-7851/IC-9100/IC-9700/IC-R8600 Version 1.30 2018.06.07
Firmware IC-9700 Version 1.44 2023.09.15
Repeater List, GPS Data IC-9700 20230322 2023.03.22
Control software RS-BA1 Version 2 Version 2.60 2024.05.15
Picture Utility Software ST-4001W Version 1.00 2020.01.27
Time adjustment software ST-4003W Version 1.00 2021.11.30