24 kHz CW Skimmer with the Icom 7610 | How To

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Icom has really made it easy to have CW Skimmer working with the Icom 7610. First I installed the Icom 7610 I/Q package for HDSDR and got it working. See my article: Icom 7610 HDSDR and Icom I/Q Package. After having it for a while I decided to give CW Skimmer a try and wow! Not only easy, but it works so good. The decoding on CW Skimmer (CWS) is amazing. If you like CW or want to learn more about CW, this is a program that will help.

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CW Skimmer, Null Modem Emulator, Hi-Fi Audio Cable

To get started you need the above programs installed and setup. There was really not much to it.

All of the download links are in the document. Page 4, near the top.

Install them and if the Null Modem Emulator created COM ports with numbers of 20 and under, it’s good to go and I think this is usually the case. Nothing else needs to be done with it.

The Hi-Fi Audio cable properties need to be changed to 16 bit, 192000 Hz. That’s it! (see video below)


 

HDSDR Minor Tweaks

In HDSDR for it to operate with CW Skimmer there are a few minor tweaks that need to be done. If you followed my previous article, Icom 7610 HDSDR and Icom I/Q Package, that’s a good beginning and you won’t have any trouble.

There are only 6 small steps and I won’t list the changes to it here because they are nicely put together in Icoms PDF. It’s under the Operating Guide section of the PDF on page 8.

CW Skimmer (CWS) 24 kHz

On page 9 of that same PDF you see some steps to get CWS going and talking to HDSDR and the radio. There are only 4 steps. Now how easy it that.

Icom really simplified things.

Things to Watch For

  1. After starting CWS you may hear a tone and see a line in CWS where your marker is. To eliminate it, just increase the I/O Gain in HDSDR. You’ll see a slider for it. (see video).
  2. Frequency is flashing in CWS. Although it is not a problem, it may be annoying to some. After using it for a while I decided to setup CWS (Omni-Rig) with my CI-V cable and seperate COM port. No flashing or flickering of the frequency in CWS now. (see video).
  3. If you decide to keep CW Skimmer, it’ll cost $75.

Videos

 

 

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If you have a question or suggestion, please comment below. I will do my best to answer it and your experience will help others as well.

73,

Rich, K0PIR

Sources:

Preparations for using the IC-7610 with the HDSDR application/IC-7610 HDSDR Operating Guide

K0PIR:  Icom 7610 HDSDR and Icom I/Q Package

 

Comments

  1. Hi Rich,

    I have set all this up and it’s working fine. However my HDSRD has no I/O gain selection available, so can’t make minor tweak to CW skimmer. Have you faced this? Is there some other setting which prevents adjusting the gain?

    73,
    Jarkko, OH6NEQ

    1. Author

      Hi Jarkko,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting.

      Yes, it happens to me. Open HDSDR, start it, click on Options>Output Channel Mode RX and select “IF as I (Left) / Q (Right)” again. After selecting it again the slider should show up.

      See if that works.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Hello Rich
    I finally have HDSDR and CW Skimmer working with my IC-7610. My WIndows 10 Lenovo computer and HDSDR did not see the new com0com ports. Finally I removed com0com and loaded Null Modem Emulator by Eitima and no problems assigning two new ports for HDSDR. Also CW Skimmer did not have 7610 in CAT setting so I stayed with “Kenwood: and the “flicker” freq readout
    Again MANY Thanks

    1. Author

      Hi Ivars,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting.

      I just started using Eitima on my new laptop and I am glad you like it. I have no used it much, but it’s a nice program.

      You may have an older version of OmniRig and that’s why the IC-7610 doesn’t show up. If you install the latest it should work FB.

      Thank you again and CUL.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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