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Icom 7610 and Icom 7300 Week in Review | Firmware, Video, Screen Captures

In Discussionby K0PIR16 Comments

It was an interesting week for Icom 7610 and Icom 7300 users. The firmware updates released recently were quite interesting, especially for the Icom 7610 users. Now, there is another update for the Icom 7610, firmware v1.11. In the near future I will be updating this website with new screen captures from the radios showing the latest firmware enhancements.  Also, …

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Icom 7300 Best Entry Level HF Transceiver

In Discussion, Icom 7300by K0PIR14 Comments

The Icom 7300 made some great advances in Amateur Radio communications. The first SDR HF transceiver with knobs and the first affordable SDR HF transceiver with LCD touchscreen and real time spectrum scope. The Icom 7300 is lower in price now and arguably the best entry level HF transceiver on the market today. If you own one, pat yourself on …

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Icom Hand Mic Caution Icom Transceivers

In Discussionby K0PIR10 Comments

Here’s an Icom hand mic caution and I am not bashing Icom for this quirk, but I do think it is something that needs to be known. When using the supplied hand mic with the Icom 7300 or Icom 7610 the up/down buttons are active when transmitting in phone modes. Whether you are using memory mode or not, if the …

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Why I Chose The Icom 7610 Over The Flex 6400M

In Discussion, Flex, Icom 7610by K0PIR75 Comments

When the price of the Icom 7610 was announced in the US, many reservation holders started looking at the Flex 6400M as an alternative. The Icom 7610 is priced at $3,899.95. The Flex 6400M is $2,999.00 (add $300 for the auto tuner). That’s a pretty big difference and they are comparable SDR transceivers. The Flex 6400M has knobs too! Why …

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Icom 7300 Easy Transmitter Settings For Digital Operation

In Discussionby K0PIR117 Comments

Icom 7300 Easy Transmitter Settings For Digital Operation is a followup article to my last post, Icom 7300 Receiver Settings For Digital Operation. In this post there are some additional receiver settings.  I have a couple of YouTube videos on transmitter settings, but I hope to simplify and produce one concise video that includes the transmitter settings in the Icom …

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Icom 7300 Receiver Settings For Digital Operation

In Discussion, Icom 7300by K0PIR58 Comments

I had a conversation with a friend recently and while talking about the Icom 7300, HRD and DM780 I realized that I haven’t made a good article covering basic receiver settings for digital modes. The settings under “Connectors” have been an issue with some Hams but,  also the operational receiver settings, like filter bandwidth, USB data (USB-D), NB, and NR …

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Hamvention 2017: Ham Radio, SDR, APRS, AMSAT And More

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This will be my first year attending the Hamvention in Dayton, OH. Technically I guess it’s in Xenia, OH. I’ll be driving out Thursday morning with my Hummer H3, Icom IC-7000 and Tarheel 200A screwdriver antenna. This is my first long road trip with this setup and I should make it to the Hamvention by Friday morning. It’s a 1,100 …

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Icom 7300 Driving The Ameritron 1500

In Discussion, Icom 7300, Reviewsby K0PIR2 Comments

The pictures and captions below were sent to me by Gene, W9NMX, with the Icom 7300 driving the Ameritron 1500 amplifier. I have always been interested in the reports completed on the Icom 7300 SDR/HF 6m Transceiver. When the radio first came out there was alot of speculation. According to many, it was the first of its kind. So with …

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WSJT-X Wide Graph Getting it Right

In Discussionby K0PIR3 Comments

What does your WSJT-X wide graph (waterfall, scope) look like? Mine wasn’t showing the JT65 and JT9 signals clearly. If fact it had dark blotches where nothing was shown. The problem wasn’t just my WSJT-X wide graph settings, but in my Icom 7300 setting too. Whether you’re using an Icom 7300 or other radio, the information below should help. I’m using …

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Ameritron AL-811 Repairs – Popping Noise

In Discussionby K0PIR14 Comments

Boy, where to start on my Ameritron AL-811 repairs? It started a couple of months ago when I replaced the tubes. I took the cover off, replaced the tubes and one of the meter bulbs went out. So I took the cover off again just to look at it and when I put the cover back on and fired it …