In this one we use the old free version of Ham Radio Deluxe. Icom 7300 Ham Radio Deluxe Setup is so easy and in this example I use a couple of cables. Why use two cables? Because I want to use the radio to it’s full capability while keeping it simple. Yes, In the long run I believe two cables are easier than one.
Ham Radio Deluxe has been my go to software for rig control, logbook and digital mode operation for many years now. It was originally developed by Simon HB9DRV and Peter PH1PH. Free to use for years and now available for purchase and technical support. The free version is what I use here and is still available here. Download at your own risk.
So if you’re interested in the “swiss army knife of ham radio” and using it with the Icom 7300, you’re in the right place.
Icom 7300 Ham Radio Deluxe Setup
Two cables are used in this setup. One is the USB cable connected to the radios USB port and the other is a CI-V cable connected to the radios CI-V port. Use the CI-V for rig control and the USB for the soundcard. I have found this to be the easiest, because later on I added cw keying and RTTY (FSK) to the mix.
If you just want to use a USB Cable with HRD and operate some PSK31 or RTTY (AFSK), take a look at this video.
Step one, if you haven’t already, download and install the latest USB driver from Icom for your Icom IC-7300. Do not connect the USB cable until you have downloaded and installed the driver.
Step two, connect both cables.
Step three, setup the Icom 7300 using the radio’s menu. Set the following menu items under MENU>SET>Connectors. These are the changes, leave everything else to default settings. I have included a couple of extra settings that will help later on when using PSK31, RTTY (FSK) and CW keying.
- DATA MOD : Change to USB
- USB SEND: RTS
- USB Keying (CW): DTR
- USB Keying (RTTY): DTR
- Here are some screenshots.
Step four, if you don’t already have it, download and install HRD. For this tutorial we will be using the free version. Download at your own risk. The paid and trial version has the IC-7300 listed under radios, where-as in the free version we will choose the IC-7700 and alter the CI-V address.
Step five, start Ham Radio Deluxe and on the Rig Connection Screen choose the New tab.
- Next to Company choose ICOM.
- Next to Radio choose IC-7700 (IC-7300 if using the paid or trial version).
- Next to COM Port choose the CI-V port (mine is COM6 and you can look under Windows device manager to find the correct Port, look for Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port).
- Next to Speed choose 9600
- Next to CI-V Add enter 94 (94 if using the free version, if using the trail or paid version the correct setting will automatically be selected).
- Under Flow control/Interface power, uncheck everything. Double check everything listed and make sure the speed is still at 9600.
- I usually choose to start Digital Master 780 and Logbook at startup, so you can check those off to the right if you like.
- Click Connect at the bottom left of the window.
You should now be connected. See the video below for a visual.
Thanks for dropping by and looking at the Icom 7300 Ham Radio Deluxe Setup. I hope you find this interesting and useful.
If you have a suggestion or do things differently, please comment below. How’s the Icom 7300 and HRD working for you? Best 73, good health and good DX. – Rich, K0PIR