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Icom 7610 HDSDR and Icom I/Q Package

In Icom 7610, Software by K0PIR11 Comments


The Icom 7610 HDSDR instructions and Icom 7610 I/Q package is available now! With the latest Icom firmware (v1.20, released 8-24-2018) we get use of the USB3.0 port on the rear of the Icom 7610 and now we can run HDSDR with the radio. Don’t forget my article getting the Icom 7300 up and running with HDSDR.  Doing it with the Icom 7610 is easier, but also twice as expensive, hi!


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Icom 7610 HDSDR is Easy

It may look a little complicated at first, but it’s very simple.

  1. Update the firmware.
  2. Install HDSDR.
  3. Install IC-7610 USB I/Q Package for HDSDR.
  4. Connect a USB 3.0 cable between your PC and the Icom 7610 rear USB 3.0 (blue) port.
  5. Power on the Icom 7610.
  6. Check the driver installation.
  7. Open HDSDR and configure a couple of things.
  8. Click start and you have it!

Icom 7610 HDSDR Cautions

There are only a few things to be aware of.

  1. Do not attach the USB 3.0 cable before the software is installed.
  2. Use as short of cable as possible to avoid issues.
  3. Turn off the Icom 7610 before attaching the USB 3.0 cable to it.
  4. Verify you are using the blue port on the rear of the 7610 and of course a blue port on your computer. Those are USB 3.0.
  5. In HDSDR if you’ve been using it with other radios or software, you may want to reset it.
  6. Do not try to setup CAT control with OmniRig of DDE to HDSDR. The ExtIO_IC7610 will take care of it.
  7. Setup the soundcard in HDSDR to your PC audio device (speakers).

The rest is in the video. Enjoy!


Wow! It was easy and I really like the software Icom developed for the Icom 7610. Can’t wait to get CW skimmer running.

I’ll be in Yellowstone the week of September 2nd. Watch for me on the air. I’m activating Yellowstone for Parks On The Air (POTA).

A big thanks to subscribers and everyone who posts questions, comments and sends emails with ideas and suggestions. I sincerely appreciate it and hope this website helps Ham operators.

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.

USB 3.0 cable from Amazon 

Updating Firmware Video

Icom Instruction Guide

Icom Firmware Download

HDSDR Download

Icom USB I/Q Package for HDSDR

CW Skimmer Download

VB-Audio Hi-Fi Cable Download

Null-modern emulator (com0com) Download


  1. Author

    Hi Dennis,

    Nice to hear from you and that doesn’t sound good, but at least you know both are working, just not together huh?

    Are you having an issue with conflicts and rig control?

    In my setup I am using a separate CI-V cable for CWS and OmniRig, however Icom says to use Kenwood. Which are you doing?

    Did you see this article? 24kHz CW Skimmer Icom 7610

    Tell me more.

    Rich, K0PIR

  2. I have been through the set up process many times with the ICOM document and your video and have not been able to get N1MM and CWSimmer working at the same time. I can use one or the other, but not both. I have been on the phone with ICOM Tech Support and submitted a support request, but have not found a solution so far.

  3. Hi Rich
    Thanks for the CW Skimmer video. Everything working as it should. Seamlessly. Great integration between the IC-7610, HDSDR and CW Skimmer. I would never have managed that without your invaluable help . Within a week I’ve doubled the capabilities of the radio. Again, a big thank you. Ian.

    1. Author

      That’s fantastic Ian and thank you for commenting.

      I was on 40 Meters this morning and saw about 180 stations on CW using 170 kHz wide. Wow!

      That’ll be next.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  4. I followed your video instrucions and I now have HDSDR working seamlessly with my IC-7610, thank you. Now neded to work on CW Skimmer. When’s that video going to appear? No pressure. 🙂 Ian G4YVZ

    1. Author

      Hi and thank you so much for posting your comment and question. I am working on it at the moment. There is a CW contest coming up and I hope to have it going this weekend with some results.

      Thank you and best 73! – Rich, K0PIR

  5. I have it all setup and worked right away thanks to your work.

    When I click on the HDSDR waterfall, it moves the waterfall to center the freq I clicked on cuasing break is the waterfall. Have not found a setting to fix that. Do you know what it is?



  6. Presumably one has to use a pc with a usb3 port?
    will a standard usb2 cable not work with a standard usb2 pc?

    1. Author

      Hi Rob,

      Nice to hear from you.

      Yes, they don’t have it for the MacOS. I’m using a Windows PC.

      I have heard Hams using a USB 2.0 cable, but I have not tried it myself. They say it works good.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

    1. Author

      Hi Brad,

      That’s correct, just a USB 3.0 cable. It’s a very nice addition and very clean. I was surprised there is no need for OmniRig and I think that’s a big plus. So far everything is working very good.

      I’ll have more when I get back from my trip.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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