I received a note from DX Engineering this morning informing me that the ICOM IC-9700 that I pre-ordered from them last year is now expected to ship around the end of May. It’s been a long time coming and this additional delay gives me some wonder about the readiness of the hardware.
I’m considering canceling my order and putting an even longer pause on this purchase.
The crowd seems convinced the 9700 will hit the market and the price will drop significantly over the first year, much like the 7300. I’m less certain about that given that it’s specialty equipment, but I have already noticed a few hundred dollars difference in prices being listed by different retailers.
Perhaps patience really is a virtue.