Icom Hand Mic Caution Icom Transceivers

K0PIR

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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John Morgan
2 years ago

I first used my IC-7300 for School Club Roundup in February, and the students would push the buttons, changing the frequency, while transmitting. I cautioned them not to put their little fingers near those buttons, but it still happened a couple of times. Thanks for the warning.

N4CNY

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Mark Klebba
2 years ago

Hi Rich, since my radio is still new,(1 month old) I probably don’t have to worry about it, but when the radios get older and if your still using the hand mike, its a possibility that the wires at the plug or at the mike head may get frayed and possibly short out, and with the up down buttons, and change frequency anyway, which could force you to get a desk mike anyway….which may sound better on the air waves anyway…. just a thought…. cheers…. 73 de Mark W6MRK….

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Wes
2 years ago

Rich – Sometime recently my 7300 suddenly lost all the programming changes I had made from the defaults – I had modified the scope/waterfall appearance, etc. to look like yours – I had been using the hand mic one day quite a bit to set ALC levels , TXT bass & treble, etc. because i find that it’s not good to use my Inrad desk mic when doing that . Then I was away from the rig for a couple weeks due to other commitments. When I returned to it I found that my CQRLOG would no longer communicate with the 7300. I had changed nothing on the rig. I suspected i had done something not good on the computer or with CQRLOG – but after struggling for a week or more to get it going I began to suspect that the rig has stopped communicating thru its REMOTE port, which i use to attach thru a RS232 CI-V CT17 type cable. I had always successfully used a Prolific one, but suspected the cable and ordered a new FTDI one. Did not help at all. So right now I’m really suspecting its the rig.

You mention above that it might be possible to damage the rig inadvertently while using the hand mic, and I wonder if I have somehow damaged the REMOTE port while doing that.

BTW, have you had any other reports of the REMOTE port not working?

Regards, Wes AI4FH.

Wes

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Wes
2 years ago

Yes – starts up great from terminal and here’s what the terminal displays – don’t see anything in here that would indicate there’s a connection problem from the CQRLOG side. I had the Prolific connection made and the rig running when I captured this.

xplanet/markers
/home/wes/.xplanet/markers
/usr/share/xplanet/markers
Warning: Can’t load marker file /home/wes/.config/cqrlog/xplanet/marker
Warning: Can’t find /home/wes/.config/cqrlog/xplanet/bck.png in
xplanet/images
/home/wes/.xplanet/images
/usr/share/xplanet/images
Warning: Can’t find /home/wes/.config/cqrlog/xplanet/marker in
xplanet/markers
/home/wes/.xplanet/markers
/usr/share/xplanet/markers
Warning: Can’t load marker file /home/wes/.config/cqrlog/xplanet/marker
Warning: Can’t find /home/wes/.config/cqrlog/xplanet/bck.png in
xplanet/images
/home/wes/.xplanet/images
/usr/share/xplanet/images
Warning: Can’t find /home/wes/.config/cqrlog/xplanet/marker in
xplanet/markers
/home/wes/.xplanet/markers
/usr/share/xplanet/markers
Warning: Can’t load marker file /home/wes/.config/cqrlog/xplanet/marker
Closing ini file …

Thanks, Wes AI4FH

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Eric
2 years ago

Hi Rich,

I received your newsletter about the Mic mishap (June 15, 2018) and saw below it an add for the Neewer NW-800 Professional Studio Broadcasting & Recording Microphone Set.

I was hoping you could tell me where to find the cable to connect the IC7300 to the Neewer Mic.

Eric
w7igc

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