The Icom 7610 Has Arrived – Ham Radio Deluxe Setup

I still have my Icom 7300 and will continue to write and create videos for it. For now, the long wait is over and the Icom 7610 is in the shack and on the air. I received it Friday, December 8th 2017 and my registration was in January 2017. The price was a little more than I anticipated, but I bit the bullet and went ahead anyway. See my article Why I Chose The Icom 7610 Over The Flex 6400M.

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Icom IC-7610 SDR HF/6M Transceiver

First impression: It’s a beautiful radio, good size, and has a vastly improved LCD touchscreen.  Just like the IC-7300, works right out of the box! See the first video on my Icom 7610: Icom 7610 First QSO.

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Icom 7610 Cables and Software Driver

Even though the IC-7300 and the IC-7610 uses the same downloaded driver from Icom, it is an updated driver with a driver date of 2017/10/05. I decided to download the driver and reinstall it. I suggest doing that first, before connecting the USB cable.

This time when connecting you’ll have two virtual COM ports, A and B. This is different from the IC-7300.

I’m using two cables as with the 7300 while operating, but I’ll show using just the USB cable and that works FB as well. When attaching the USB cable have the software driver installed first. Plug the cable into the USB 2.0 port, not the USB 3.0 (blue) port on the back of the rig.

Icom 7610 Menu Settings

The 7610’s menu is a little daunting at first, but it is similar to the Icom 7300. There are just more sub menu’s than the 7300. Many items in the Connectors menu are similar though. I’ll post some screens shots here because a picture is worth a thousand words. See the video below too.

Icom 7610 Ham Radio Deluxe Setup

It wasn’t hard to configure HRD to work with the IC-7610, even though the rig is not listed in the software. Using the IC-7700 as the rig in HRD’s drop down list, works good. I haven’t explored it fully, but the rig control is working.

When trying to make my first test transmission DM780 alerted me there wasn’t a TX button in the DM780 rig control. It was easy to set it up. See screenshot here.

The IC-7610 uses a CI-V address of 98h. In HRD the default of the IC-7700 is 74. There are a couple of ways to fix this, one is in the radio menu and the other, just enter 98 in HRD when the connect screen comes up. I chose the latter.

Once you have it working, use the HRD Preset to connect. It works every time for me.

Icom 7610 COM Port Caveats

When I connected the Icom 7610 and looked in Windows 10 Device Manger I saw there are two COM ports now, when I expected just one like the Icom 7300.

I assigned port numbers that are familiar to me. This is not necessary, but you’ll have to be careful when choosing the COM port in the software. I believe the first one that shows up in the list under Device Manager>Ports (COM & LPT) is the USB A, and the second listed will be USB B. Using the first one listed works as it has to correspond with the USB SEND/Keying in the 7610 menu. See here.

UPDATE : See Icom 7610 Virtual Serial (COM) Ports Explained

Icom 7610 HRD DM780 WSJT-X and JT Alert

Take a look at my video. I go through the Icom 7610 menu and then the HRD connect screen. There is also a quick look at DM780, WSJT-X and JT Alert.

 

When HRD and the others update with the IC-7610 listed, I’ll just select it and not use the 7700 any longer.

Thank you coming by and watching my video. I hope you find it informative and useful. I’m excited to operate and add more software in the near future. There will be more to come.

73’s Rich, K0PIR

 

Comments

  1. This is exactly the info I was looking for. M 7610 is due to arrive in 3 days, and one of my first goals is to interface it with HRD. Your video and information is very much appreciated.

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      Bob,

      Thank you and it’s nice to hear from you.

      It’s working beautifully and quiet. No switching noise when transmitting, I hardly know it even starts.

      This is just a temp solution for me until they come out with the Icom 7610 files for HRD and WSJT-X.

      I used HRD on my PC one time and WSJT-X on my iMac. It worked much the same way, just on two different computers.

      This is an exciting radio. I’m thrilled to use it.

      N1MM already has the IC-7610 in the software. They were quick!

      Best 73 and thank you again,
      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Rich…

    Thanks for all the video’s, they have been great… I’m stuck though on getting the IC-7610 to transmit on MMTTY.
    I have gone through your recent video on single cable MMTTY but can only get the radio to key, no diddle though and that is the problem I have. Using MMTTY version 1.68 and have downloaded the EXTFSK64 driver and extracted the files into the MMTTY directory. I have gone through the video and set up the IC-7610 radio just as you have, and gone through the MMTTY install to include selecting the EXTFSK64 for my port. The EXTFSK64 setup screen comes up and I have set up and verified that it is on the correct USB port. EXTFSK64 Status reads OK. When I hit the TX button the radio keys but there is no diddle just carrier. I have tried to send text (call sign) but not letters/numbers just solid keying. BTW the N1MM Logger plus is working with the spectrum scope and the radio frequency reads correctly on the band reader… Not sure what to do at this point. I have tried both MMTTY versions 1.68 and 1.70 same issue. Not sure which way to go on this one..

    Again thanks for all the videos, they have been great. I also own a IC-7300 and have enjoyed those videos as well.

    Steve, N4DXS

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      Hi Stephen,

      I had the same problem and I believe the fix was in MMTTY. Take a look at that again in the video.

      When you transmit, do you see EXTFSK64 sending characters in the small window?

      Rich, K0PIR

  3. Have you experienced any issues with the Rig switching from USB Dig to USB while transmitting using WSJT X?

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      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for commenting and I appreciate the question?

      Yes, it does for me too.

      It doesn’t seem to both anything and I wonder if it is the HRD connection because we’re using Ham Radio Deluxe as the rig and it’s the 7700.

      There is another thing happening on mine, but just on 40 Meters occasionally. Near the end of my transmission, HRD will disconnect and then reconnect quickly and sometimes switch to USB. I went into HRD Options and changed Polling under Comms. I checked it off to only poll the radio if HRD is the active program. I think that helped, but at least it’s not interfering with my QSO’s on 40M. This is may be my station doing this since it’s isolated to the 40M band. Maybe it’s my USB cable. I’ll work it some more.

      It’s working beautifully and I’ve made a lot of FT8 contacts. I’ll be happy when the Icom 7610 is in WSJT-X. Using it for the rig will be a piece of cake.

      Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas,

      Rich, K0PIR

  4. Hi Rich,
    I’ve had good success getting HRD to work with the 7610, but I had to use the Icom 7300 in the preset. I tried using the 7700 as you suggested, but the 7610 does immediately into transmit upon starting HRD, and no matter what settings I used (DTR, RTS, and all combinations), nothing seems to work using the 7700 as the preset choice. I’ve also read some folks had good luck using the 7600, but that also didn’t work with HRD effectively. So, I’ve got HRD working with the 7300 preset, but WSJTX doesn’t put the radio is transmit. I’ve tried all the settings I can find in WSJTX using different radios with HRD as the PTT. Any ideas that you might have to get WSJTX working would be very much appreciated. I’ve been able to get HRD to work with my 7300 just fine, but the 7610 will not work.

    Thanks,
    Bob KU5J

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      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for commenting. Nice to hear from you.

      Yes, I tried all the Icom radios and only got the 7700 to work. It’s funny how that works because as you said, other have the 7600 working. I couldn’t get the 7300 to work either.

      When you configure the Radio in WSJT-X for Ham Radio Deluxe, just let it sit a minute or two and see if “Test CAT” turns green. Sometimes it doesn’t on mine and I click OK anyway. It starts to work then.

      Do you ever get rig control, can you change bands with WSJT-X?

      For PTT, another thing you can try is changing the PTT Method under Radio in WSJT-X. Try RTS and your COM port.

      If that won’t work either, I have another post on setting up the two virtual COM ports in the 7610. If you set those up in the radio, I think you’ll have better luck getting PTT working on the COM port rather than using CAT in WSJT-X. See: https://youtu.be/PeIkasYQelI

      Try using Port A for PTT.

      Let me know how it goes. Merry Christmas and see you on the bands,

      Rich, K0PIR

  5. Bob

    Good evening. I am trying to setup the 7610 on WSJT-x and not having any success due in part to know 7610 in the radio drop down. I was using the 7600, and also a 7300 with no problem. I have tried both radio’s setup and also the 7700 but nothing has worked so far. Decodes perfectly but no CAT control.

    I am also using N3FJP logging and have successfully set that up on the radio for rig control and transmit.

    Anything you can do to help will be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Mal. WF5K

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      Hi Mal and thank you for visiting. Yes, it was so easy with AC Log 🙂

      Unfortunately in WSJT-X I don’t see a quick way to change the CI-V address in the software.

      Hams have been using DX Lab Suite Commander for rig control. It’s free to download and use. We can select the IC-7700 or 7600 and then change the CI-V address in Commander to 98. That will give you rig control.

      In WSJT-X under rig you would choose DX Lab Suite Commander. The Test buttons usually don’t work, so after setting it as DX Lab Suite Commander just click Okay at the bottom. After a minute, you should have a green circle and have control. You’ll have to play with PTT setting in WSJT-X. CAT should work. I haven’t tested this, but others are using it.

      The other way (and I have not tested this) is to set the CI-V address in the IC-7610 to that of the 7600 or 7700. Then you can just use the 7700 or 7600 in the drop down list for rig in WSJT-X. However if you have other software working it’ll mess those up (unless you fix them too).

      My preferred way is HRD, WSJT-X and JT-Alert. It is a workaround until they get the software updated.

      Let me know how it goes.

      Have a very Merry Christmas.

      Rich, K0PIR

  6. Thanks Rich for the workaround with DX Lab Suite. I’ll give it a try, but I may just use my 7300 until such time as WSJT-x has added the 7610. HI HI

    Happy New year.

    73
    WF5K

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