Icom 7610 RS-BA1 Installation and Settings

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I finally made a video on the Icom 7610 RS-BA1 remote software. Although I have not been using it for very long, this first video shows how to install it from the Icom CD-ROM, apply the update from the Icom website and of course shows the settings in the radio and RS-BA1 software. Everything works as advertised and I am very pleased with the audio quality using just my laptop speakers and laptop internal mic.

I am using this on my private home network (LAN) and have not used it outside my home yet. Accessing it on the private network is a good start.

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Icom 7610 RS-BA1 Network Radio Settings

First, connect the Icom 7610 to your network with the ethernet port on the rear of the radio. More information can be found here: Icom 7610 Clock, Timers and Network.

In the video below you’ll see how I have my radio setup. There may be one or two things different from your radio configuration. Try to determine if it is necessary to change yours.

One thing to consider is DATA OFF MOD. I’ll bet a lot of Hams are using MIC, ACC and I use MIC,USB. That’s not a big deal and doesn’t need to be changed if you don’t want to.

When powering off the radio, put it in Standby (For remote control).

See Icom 7610 Screen Captures and “Things to watch out for”.

Icom 7610 RS-BA1 Utility and Remote Software

You’ll need to buy a CD-ROM with RS-BA1 software if you don’t already have it. I got mine from HRO in Denver.

Two software applications are installed off the CD-ROM. The Remote Utility software and the Remote Control software.

After installing those from the CD-ROM, go to the Icom website and install the latest update. You can find it HERE. Scroll down on that page to find the RS-BA1 section.

Open the Utility and click on the “Add” button to setup and connect to the sever. The Icom 7610 has an internal server. The COM port you select is a virtual port, so the # is not important. I have tried a few and they all worked.

Just verify that you use the same virtual COM port # in the Remote Control as you have set in the Utility software. This is in the video below.

After you are connected to the radio with the Icom Remote Utility program open the Icom Remote Control program. Configure the Connect Set.

When setting up the Connect Set in RS-BA1, you can use LAN  (thanks Jeff, W6FCC ) for the Connection instead of USB. See the picture below.

Have a look at the Remote Setting and the MOD Select.  MOD Select is LAN. Look at Remote Setting too. See pictures and video below.

Click the Power On or Connect button in the RS-BA1 Remote Control.. With the “REMOTE” enabled you can control the radio.

I have a tip in the video for setting the F1 key on the keyboard for TX/RX. It works better than the mouse.

Laptop with RS-BA1 and Screen Captures

Icom 7610 RS-BA1 Fine Tuning

Once I am more familiar with RS-BA1 I’ll do another video and show how I fined tuned my software to transmit SSB, and CW. For now it’s working and I get “good” audio reports on SSB.

Things to Consider

  • When we use RS-BA1 to connect to the radio we need CI-V Transceive ON in the radio. It will switch ON automatically if it is OFF.
  • To use the Scope in RS-BA1 we need Unlink from [REMOTE] setup properly in the radio.
  • DATA OFF MOD will automatically change in the radio to LAN when we connect. It should then go back to your normal setting MIC,USB or MIC,ACC. Sometimes it doesn’t. It just depends on how you shutdown the software. You’ll have to experiment with it.
  • Sometimes when I connect with the utility I get audio from the radio right away. That’s just because the radio is already powered ON. (See below)
  • Same with the Remote Power On. Sometimes when I open it I don’t have to connect (power on) because the radio is already ON. (See below)
  • Having MONITOR enabled on the Icom 7610 will create an echo when transmitting using remote software.

“Try this when you start to exit your remote session exit the RS-BA1 Remote Control window first by clicking the X in the top right of the window or the exit button on the top menu.
Then click the disconnect button at the bottom of the Icom Remote Utility window you should get a dialog box that asks if you want to disconnect the radio, click on YES and finally the X at the top right of that window. You should then see a small window that indicates it is closing the remote utility.
This procedure always puts the rig back in the state it was before the remote session at my QTH.” – Julio, W4HY (Groups.io)

Icom 7610 RS-BA1 Installation and Settings Video

Conclusion

With my laptop I can use my radio from any room in the house. What a treat!

As I said, I haven’t been using it for very long and I am still learning. This should at least help Hams get connected. In the future I hope to show a good and safe way to connect to the radio from outside of the private (home) network.

Have a look at the video and let me know what you think. Does it work for you? Any tips?

Thank you again for coming by and I appreciate all of the comments. If you have a suggestion or question please comment below. I will do my best to answer it and your experience will undoubtedly help others as well.

Sources:

Icom Firmware Updates / Software Downloads – Important RS-BA1 Update

RS-BA1 Manual

Groups.io RS-BA1 Group

Facebook RS-BA1 Page

Comments

  1. Rich, thanks for your contributions to getting new IC=7610 owners up to speed on remote operation.
    I don’t have access to my LAN in the shack, except via WiFi. Can I insert a device on the IC-7610 LAN port to allow WiFi connection? If so, what do I need?
    73, David G3WGN M6O

    1. Author

      Hi David,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting. Great question.

      I’ve heard of others using a bridge/access point. TP-Link makes one and it was recommended by another Ham in the Groups.io forum. TP-Link N300.

      Anything like that will work and I like TP-Link products.

      Let me know how it goes.

      Thanks again and I hope to hear you on the air.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Rich,

    I use Xfinity wifi and router and can’t get access from outside my in-house network. Any tips DMZ or Port forwarding etc.

    Dave
    KC9K

    1. Author

      Hi David,

      Nice to hear from you and I have not tried it yet.

      I think DMZ would be fine. There are only three ports open on the radio.

      For reference, there is a RS-BA1 Facebook group and a Groups.io forum (links above).

      When I get to it I’ll post some more information.

      Thanks for commenting and the question.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  3. Hello Dick
    I recently picked up that tp link nano EC00 I had one hell of a time getting it set as a client in my home network .
    I wanted wifi to insulate the 7610 from the LAN connection ( I lost a computer router wifi and everything that was connected hard to the cable ) Charter cable system took a hit miles from my house I never heard thunder saw lightning …just a loud snap in the house .

    Question can this EC00 be set up from the radio ic7610 ???

    What I ended up doing was to use a laptop to set the nano chip inside for my On Hub wifi I was able to see it in the On Hub app on my smart phone when it was finished, I spent hours trying to figure it all out there call center help was no help hard to understand the accent of the agent and she was not short with me asking questions.

    So can this be set from the radio from out of the box or did it do it the only way using my computer to talk to the EC00 ?

    Regards
    Art
    ka9zap

    1. Author

      Hi Art,

      Nice to hear from you. That’s a bad lightning strike.

      Off hand I would say, yes the only way to configure it is through a computer. I always use a laptop with an ethernet cable connected to the router and configure it that way.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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      Hi Gary,

      Nice to hear from you and I have not used my 7300 for remote yet. I believe so. It is not as hard as it first appeared.

      With the 7300 you would need to install the RS-BA1 software on a computer next to the 7300 to act as the server. This would require configuring that software. There are excellent groups in Groups.io for RS-BA1 and Icom 7300.
      Icom 7300
      RS-BA1

      I would install the software at the PC next to the 7300 first and then install the same software on the laptop.

      I hear rumors of RS-BA2 coming out later this year. It might make things easier.

      Thanks for the question.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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