Icom 7610 Memory Operation

The Icom 7610 memory operation is similar to the Icom 7300, but there are some important differences. I’ve used the Icom 7610 memory operation to save broadcast frequencies and also save my favorite nets to memory. Now I’m saving some emergency frequencies. Let me show you how I did this and I’ll show you where I got my emergency frequencies from.

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Icom 7610 Memory – Missing V/M Button

The big difference is the “V/M” button. The Icom 7300 has one and the Icom 7610 doesn’t. The Icom 7610 uses a “QUICK” button and then you can select between VFO and MEMORY.

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Icom 7300 V/M Button

The Icom 7300 makes it a little easier to switch between VFO and MEMORY, because all you have to do is push the V/M button. It’s one less step compared to the Icom 7610.

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Icom 7610 QUICK MENU

You can read more about this on page 60 of the Icom 7610 Full Manual.

Finding Emergency Frequencies

I found some emergency frequencies for South Dakota on AmRRON. You can see what they have for your state.

In addition, you can e-mail your ARRL Section Manager and ask for a list of emergency frequencies. Section managers can be found on the ARRL website.

I visited our Ham club website SDHAMS and got some emergency frequencies from there too.

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What is your source for emergency frequencies?

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8 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    So where is your heart, Rich? Do you prefer the 7610 or 7300? Do you really have a need for both? Curious… I have a 7300 but am very much interested in the 7610. I just do not have a need for both.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Eric,

      HNY and thanks for commenting. It’s nice to hear from you.

      I prefer the Icom 7610 over the 7300. It’s a better quality transceiver and has so much more than the 7300.

      I kept the 7300 for camping and portable use. I used it last summer in the camper and during Field Day.

      The 7610 (RX:3.0A standby) draws a lot more power than the 7300 (Rx:0.9A standby), so I don’t think the 7610 would be very good for portable operation in my case. It’s not going in my camper anytime soon LOL.

      Right now I have them side by side and it gives me the opportunity to enjoy them both. The 7300 will be moving to the camper this spring though.

      Thanks again and best 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Eric says:

    I can appreciate that. I look forward to the day I can get my 7610. Until then, the 7300 is the finest radio I’ve had.

    Thanks for the awesome and quite helpful videos. Keep them coming, sir.


  3. Brad, N6GR says:

    Great Video as always. I am a little confused about the Drive control in the quick menu and how it relates to ALC and MIC in SSB. (IC-7610) I noticed you can lower the ALC by reducing drive control in digital modes as well.

    I am not sure the best setup for SSB. Maybe a video?

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Brad,

      Good question and good idea. I set my Drive Gain level according to the manual. It’s on page 9 of the advanced manual. It says it can be used in all modes. Other than that I have not messed with it.

      I have seen comments where Hams have it set too low and then the actual power output doesn’t match closely to the setting “RF POWER” using the Multi knob.

      BTW, mine is 46% and I believe I set mine using CW mode. I’ll see what else I can dig up on it and maybe a video later.

      Thanks for commenting Brad and visiting this website.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  4. Arthur C Peterson says:

    I like the new table and the setup and the tv on the wall. How about a shop tour? Looks like everything work well. Thanks. Art kb7fxj in Alaska

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Art,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting.

      I am getting another mic boom arm and I have a few things to get done, but it’s always a work in progress, isn’t it? The shack toutr will be coming soon.

      Thanks and best wishes to your and yours.

      Rich, K0PIR

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