Icom 7610 Clock, Timers and Network- How To
This post on the Icom 7610 clock and timers will not apply to the Icom 7300. It is very interesting though, so please read on. The Icom 7610 has an ethernet port, two clocks and 5 scheduled timers plus a sleep timer. It can also connect to your home networks router with an inexpensive wireless access point/bridge and sync time using NTP. Added Bonus: How would you like your radio to turn on automatically for you? I love this feature. Before I even get out of bed in the morning, I’m listening to my favorite net.
Icom 7610 Network
In the Basic Manual the Network section starts on page 8-7, but before we can connect the radio to the network we need to connect it physically.
There is an RJ-45 port on the rear of the Icom 7610. You’ll need to run a cable from it to the router in your home. Just plug it into any open port on your router.
If your router is in another room and you’re physically unable to run a cable, there is another alternative. You can use a wireless access point/bridge like this one.
Setup the Network in the radio. MENU>SET>Network. DHCP is the easiest method, but if you are using RS-BA1 you’ll probably want to set it up as static. See the video below.
Icom 7610 Clock and Timers
MENU>SET>Time Set>Date/Time. Set your local date and time. You can use NTP to sync your Icom 7610 clock. In the advanced manual on page 66 it starts with the NTP function, but before we can do this we need to setup the network as mentioned above.
I am using NTP because it synchronizes the radios internal clock with a time server. I’d bet the radio keeps pretty good time by itself though.
It can get a little confusing at this point if you would like two clocks and why not have them if they are available? CLOCK2 for me is UTC (see below), but it can be anything you like. Maybe a Pacific time clock?
Icom 7610 Timers
Here’s where the fun starts!
The first timer is a Sleep Timer. It will shut the radio off after a determined length of time.
The second kind of timer is to turn it on and off on a schedule. 5 schedules are available. I have mine scheduled to power on in the morning on specific days.
Prior to setting a timer, setup a memory channel for the frequency and mode you want.
The physical Timer button needs to be illuminated for the timers to be enabled. Just push it once when you’re finished if it’s not already illuminated.
I’ll show you how to do everything in the video below.
I like videos because it’s easier for me to show you. I’ll cover everything in the video including setting up a memory for your timer.
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