Sunday, August 5, 2012

ICOM IC-7000 Cooling

I have the ICOM IC 7000 HF/VHF/UHF radio, one of the issues is that it runs hot, the good news is ICOM was thoughtful enough to put a tempter gage on the display, I don't know if this is a worry gage or just something to keep an eye on but from my experience, electronics and heat are not a good mix in some cases.

I did some experiments with a 12V fan and will post the results.

in normal operational conditions, monitoring for about an hour
Adding this fan on top of the radio
this is results after about 30 minutes.

By adding a 120MM fan on top of the radio, the temp is kept low and stays low, of course some mods can help and reduce noise.

I will be doing more work on cooling for this radio and maybe modifying the top cover to add a fan that is low noise and high cooling.