My first HF/6m/4m transceiver is the popular Icom IC-7300. I think it is one of the best selling HF sets of the last few years (as of 2020). The IC-7300 employs an RF direct sampling system, where RF signals are directly convert to digital data. This digital data is then processed in the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), making it possible to simplify the circuit construction as well as reduce noise that can mask weak signals.
A summary of what this transceiver can do:
The IC-7300 is Icom’s latest SDR HF/50 MHz Transceiver. It offers 100W of output power and receives from 0.030 to 74.800 MHZ. It operates on SSB, CW, RTTY, AM and FM modes. The Icom IC-7300 features an RF direct sampling system, 15 discrete band-pass filters, a real-time spectrum scope and a large 4.3″ color touch screen display. Additional features of the IC-7300 include the built-in automatic antenna tuner, 101 channels, SD memory card slot and 3 CW functions.
My IC-7300 is modified by the seller to allow TX at the 4 meter (70MHz) band which is available in The Netherlands to Full licensed radio amateurs since 2012.
Up until now (autumn 2020) I have used my IC-7300 only in digital mode. Maybe I should try a QSO in SSB some time. 😉