Inrad RX7300 Modification While Keeping The External Tuner Jack

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Remove all 10 screws on the top cover and 2 screws from each side.

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Top cover removed. We’ll be looking at the rear of the radio.

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Lift out the antenna tuner jack. Pull the cable (TMP connector) out of the jack (J1701) closest to the front of the radio and plug it into the female TMP connector.

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Plug the cable from the RX7300 into the vacant J1701 jack in the radio. It is a little tough getting these into the jacks.

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Slide the RX7300 mod into place. Let the external antenna tuner hang out of the rear. As a precaution use a little electrical tape to protect the wiring harness. Do not tighten down cover screws at the rear.

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Finished product. I connected my LDG to the tuner port and all is well. Try this at your own risk!

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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.

18 Responses

  1. Luis says:

    Very nice video!

  2. Omar Paredes says:

    Very interesting and use-full add-on circuit hook-up for the IC7300.
    Good videos, living a clear idea of the enhanced operation of the IC7300 with SDR programs.

  3. brian gallear g8vpr says:

    nice videos bt on the 7300 how do yo get it to go to and display 11500 as the baud rate

    thanks brian..

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Brian,

      Nice to hear from you and I’ll be happy to help. There are a few places where I set the 115,200 baud rate. Where do you see it displayed?

      Rich, K0PIR

  4. brian gallear g8vpr says:

    HI RICH

    I CANT GET IT TO SHOW any where, i need to set port baud rate to set up N1MM spectrum analyser
    in his logger program i wish to use that program to display waterfall from 7300

    many thanks rich
    brian g8vpr

  5. Daniel Trainor says:

    Hi Rich, I am contemplating getting the new Icom 7610. I was just reading the Manual and notice it has more TX/RX antenna connections and options than the 7300. I see two main Ant 1 and 2 connections and also a RX (in/out). One thing I wish to do is use my SDRPlay SDR RX with SDRuno as a seperate RX and panadapter with OMNIRig Control. But, with all the new flexibility of 7610 ant port options, I am not sure which ant jack to hook up the SDRPlay RX to. I am thinking it would be to the RX (out) – but there may be some other interesting options. Have you experimented with the 7610 Ant TX and RX configurations yet? PS. I am liking your channel. 73, Dan

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Nice to hear from you. No, I haven’t experimented with the RX out on the Icom 7610 yet. I think, and I could be wrong, but I think we will have to use the BNC antenna RX In and Out on the rear of the radio. Similar to the Inrad RX7300 adapter that goes on the Icom 7300.

      I could be wrong, maybe we can use just the RX out. I haven’t had the radio long enough to get to that. I am hoping the IF out thru the USB 3.0 on the rear will be of good use.

      More will be revealed. In the meantime if anyone knows, please replay to Daniels comment.

      Thanks for coming by and thank you for your comment. I appreciate it.

      Merry Christmas and 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

  6. Daniel Trainor says:

    Thanks Rich! Yeah maybe just RX out for SDRPlay. And IF through USB would possibly be yet another option. So much more flexibility as compared to 7300 with Inrad RX7300 mod. Should be fun experimenting with all these ant in/out options. Love your channel, keep the videos coming! 🙂 – dan

  7. Gary says:

    Hi Rich. I just installed the RX7300 mod. Can I use the RX7300 for the receive antenna for the ICOM 7300 and also for my SDRPlay? I know I can just install the SDRPlay using the transmitting antenna, but I would prefer to use my receive antenna if possible. Does the RX7300 2nd RCA jack (the one on the right side (looking from the back) forward the receive signal coming in from the left RCA jack? Thank you. 73, Gary WD9HDM

  8. Jeff Hochberg says:

    Hi Rich,

    I ended up buying a device very similar to the Inrad RX7300 off eBay. I was thinking that this would basically be plug-and-play and that I would be able to connect my SDRPlay to the output jack of the mod. I thought that the mod simply split the RX output so I could have a second receiver connected – that being the SDRplay.

    Obviously not that simple! When I watched the video you created (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwA6Gt_XAes), I noticed that your notes say you also using Mini Circuits ZFSC-2-1 Splitter/Combiner.

    Would you mind sharing how you have everything connected?

    Thanks!

    JeffH
    W4JEW
    Atlanta, GA

  9. Mel Ming says:

    Do you have a photo showing the install with the tuner jack coming out the back?

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