Icom 7300 MacLoggerDX Setup

MacLoggerDX setupEven if you are on a PC, have a look at this! This program has some really nice features. MacLoggerDX was very easy to setup and when I ran into a question or two later on I e-mailed the developer Don, and he got right back to me with the answer. No problems getting MacLoggerDX setup with my Icom 7300. It is amazing software, especially for the DX chaser and if you like having online logbooks, this is the software for you.

If you remember I purchased an old iMac just to try out some Mac software. I started out with RUMLogNG, because it’s free software. RUMLogNG has some great features especially for the Icom 7300 transceiver. The bandscope, memories and the control over fixed bandscope edges is fantastic. You can see that video clip here.

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MacLoggerDX has it own set of really nice features too. I especially like how it’ll upload in real time to QRZ.com, eQSL, ClubLog, LOTW and Twitter. Look, you also get Twitter uploads with QSL photos!

Icom 7300 Setup

With my iMac I’m using one USB cable for everything. In the radio for MacLoggerDX setup all I needed to do was change one thing when moving from RUMLogNG to MacLoggerDX. That was in Menu>Set>Connectors>CI-V. I changed the “CI-V USB Echo Back” to ON. That was it!

See the beginning of the video below for all of my Icom 7300 settings.

With my laptop PC and the Icom 7300 I use a CI-V and USB Cable. I have tried using both cables on the iMac too and it works great. Someday I’ll probably have both attached permanently to the iMac. I’ll explain why in another article, when using Fldigi with MacLoggerDX.

MacLoggerDX Setup

The MacLoggerDX setup is very easy. First, begin by downloading and installing the USB driver, then download and install the MacLoggerDX program. Once in the program go to MacLoggerDX>Preferences>Radio. From there you can setup the radio and get it working. Very straightforward.

Please see the short clip below. The next video on MacLoggerDX will show more of the dxclusters setup, alarms, map, etc.

At this moment, I want to enjoy using the software in the CQ-WW-WPX-SSB contest a little more.

Thanks for stopping by and thank you especially for all the e-mails. I hope you find this MacLoggerDX setup informative and useful. Best 73 and good DX. – Rich, K0PIR

Icom 7300 Configuration

See the Icom 7300 configuration screenshots here. Menu>Set>Connectors.


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10 Responses

  1. blank Rex says:

    I have just connected my Macbook Pro to my 7300 and as soon as they connect I lose my audio and my spectrum scope narrows to the central 10-20% of the width. I would appreciate any suggestions to correct this

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Rex,

      It’s great to hear from someone using a MacBook Pro. I haven’t tried one yet, but hope to some day soon.

      I am not sure if I understand you correctly. When it connects to MLDX does your FIL on the radio change? When it is FIL2 or FIL3 a bandscope on the computer (WSJT-X waterfall) will be very narrow. I use FIL1 and it is set to it’s widest. Hold down the FIL1 soft button until the Filter is displayed in the lower portion of the LCD. Touch the BW soft key and rotate the tuning knob until FIL 1 displays 3.6k. That’s how I use it in Digital modes.

      When it connects to MLDX does your mode change on the radio?

      When mine connects to just MacLoggerDX nothing changes on the radio. It stay at the existing freq., mode and FIL. If yours in changing when you connect to MLDX then possibly there is a setting in the MacLoggerDX>Preferences>Radio tab that is misconfigured. I would look at that.

      Please let me know more details when you can. I’m always interested in how these get resolved.

      BTW are you using a registered version of MLDX?

      Thank you for commenting and visiting the website.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  2. blank Ronnie Brewer says:

    Mr Rex
    I want to set up my “old” iMac with DXLogger with icon 7300. I see the link to driver site but there are several drivers listed. can you tell me exactly which one i need? Looking forward to trying this log program

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi and thank you for commenting and thank you for the question.
      It depends on the cable you are using, but most use a USB cable so if that’s it, download the Silicon Labs driver.

      In MLDX the path is /dev/cu.SLAB_USBtoUART


      Rich, K0PIR

  3. blank Ronnie says:

    got it going, thanks for the assist

  4. blank Eric Blanchard says:

    Rich, can you share your settings screen for the 7610, radio settings, and Mac driver. I thought driver for 7300 would work.

  5. blank K0PIR says:

    Hi Eric,

    Nice to hear from you and thank you for the question here. I am on the road right now but you can find my Icom 7610 screen captures at the top of the page. One setting that sometimes gives me trouble is the echo back. Turn it on.

    There is only one silicon labs driver and it will work with the 7300 or the 7610. There is a link to the download here

    I am still in Yuma Arizona and on my way to Tucson. I hope this helps. Best 73 from Yuma Arizona!

  6. I really like and appreciate your article. Really looking forward to read more.

  7. blank K0PIR says:

    Hello and thank you for commenting here,I sincerely appreciate it.

    Best 73 from Kansas! On the road to my home QTH.


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