Ham Radio iMac (iCOM Macintosh) In The Shack
Was the iMac made for ICOM radios? ..hi hi. I picked up an iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz all in one off of e-bay for a good price. It has a bad screen (vertical line), but it will work for what I need it for. Ham Radio iMac (iCOM Macintosh) is what I’m calling it and it’s attached to my Icom 7300! This is not going to replace my PC, but it will be fun to use.
Ham Radio iMac Specs
It’s an Apple A1311 MB950LL/A 2009 iMac 10.1 Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive and a 21.5″ monitor. Nice size for a monitor!
Even though it’s a 2009 I anticipate it’ll run fast enough with the latest macOS 10.12 Sierra installed.
Macs don’t have as many software apps as PC’s do for Ham Radio, but there are a few I would like to try. The Icom 7300 should play nicely with it too.
iMac (iCOM Macintosh) Software
Software that’s going to work with the Icom 7300: Have you seen RUMLogNG? From the website, “RUMlogNG is a HAM radio logging, QSL handling and printing tool, especially made for the short wave DXer, made by a DXer.” RUMLog is free and runs on a Macintosh. I saw a video on YouTube with RUMLogNG displaying the Icom 7300’s bandscope on the monitor. Similar to Icoms RS-BA1. It also boasts two other neat features that are hard to explain, so I’ll just have to show you. I can tell you now, I’m impressed. 🙂
Another logging program for the newly acquired “Ham Radio iMac” is MacLoggerDX. I’ve read some great reviews on it. It is a paid application however ($95), so I’ll have to look at that one a little harder. I’ll load the trial version first.
The USB driver and RUMLogNG was quick. Yes sir it’s this easy!
I can use the iMac for multimedia storage, photo and video editing too. It will earn it’s keep.
What Ham Radio software do you run on your Mac?
Icom 7300 Configuration
See the Icom 7300 configuration screenshots here. Menu>Set>Connectors