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, be on the lookout for a new Icom 7300 firmware video on my Youtube channel. For now, here are a few interesting things from the past week.
Icom 7610 Firmware Do-Over
The release of v1.10 caused a problem with software monitor scopes. From Tom, N1MM, “Icom introduced an error in the CAT responses that return the spectrum data via the USB port. In the Icom protocol, each response is supposed to be prefixed with X’FEFE’. They dropped those bytes with the latest firmware upgrade. This in turn caused third party programs following the CAT spec to display spectrum data to fail.”
Not long after the release of v1.10, Icom released v1.11 (See links below). All is well and users are reporting the third party software monitor scopes are working again.
IC-7610 Technical Report Vol. 3
Just out! Vol, 3 of the IC-7610 Technical Report is now on the Icom Japan website.
This is a very interesting read on splitter and switching circuitry, digi-sel, and main/sub receivers.
Links to all 3 Volumes are on my IC-7610 page.
Icom 7300 Firmware
Unlike Icom 7610 owners, the Icom 7300 firmware release went flawlessly for most. There were no problems reported with the firmware, but users sometimes forget a step when updating.
Sometimes we just need a reminder how to update the firmware and I have a video here that walks users through the process. It is an older video and I do things a little differently these days, but the video is still helpful and reminds us of a few important steps. (Click on the links below to go to that part of the video.)
- Save your settings and you can even copy them to your PC if you like.
- Format the SD card in the radio, not the computer.
- Copy the firmware file into the IC 7300 folder on the SD card, not the root directory.
- Press down the “Yes” button for 1 second for it to start the update process.
I would upload a replacement video, but YouTube does not allow me to replace the old one without losing significant video views and search ranking. That would be detrimental to my channel.
In the near future, look for a video (addendum) showing a quick firmware update. Updating firmware is not hard and following my YouTube videos are safe because I follow the manual.
Icom 7610 and Icom 7300 Screen Captures
Thank You Icom 7610 and Icom 7300 Subscribers
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