WSJT-X FT8 Using CI-V Cable Combined with Ham Radio Deluxe

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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Lon Martin, KØWJ
2 years ago

I only use 1 USB cable between my 7300 and PC. I use WSJT-X, JTAlert, HRD and my setup automatically logs to five different logging programs. This frees up the CI-V port for other uses (ie. Amplifier band control, etc.). I traded your whole article to find what you stated, “…there are advantages to using both USB & CI-V ports,” but failed to see where that was an advantage. Where did I miss this?

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Lon Martin, KØWJ
2 years ago
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Hi Rich,
As I stated in my comment, I’m using a 7300 and yes, those are the five log systems I use. Of course, in addition to those, three clicks at the end of the day’s session, sends all contacts made from QRZ to LoTW as well.

And no, I don’t use a serial port emulator. I see no advantage that two ports have over a one port solution.

73,

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Lon Martin, KØWJ
2 years ago

Hi Rich,
I just watched your video and learned something new. I very seldom change modes on my radio when I’m in an FT8 session, but being able to click on a spot like you do, and having the mode set automatically, looks like a good feature. Since my focus for this year is on CW instead of FT8 like last year, I can now see where using the C-IV port has a definite advantage.

Thanks for your video, and sorry for the confusion.

73,
Lon, KØWJ

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Wes Wilson
2 years ago

Hello Rich
I really like your site
Are you thinking about doing the same thing for the new Icom IC-9700? It really needs the same treatment as it is a fine radio and a lot features that need expounded upon.
Thanks for taking the time to cover the IC-7300 as well as you do, keep up the great work.
73 Wes Wilson KA9MFY

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Scot WA0SD
2 years ago

Hello Rich

Have you figured out how to log Calls into both HRD and N3FJP logging programs at the same time?
I really enjoy features of both programs but its such a pain exporting from one to the other.

Thanks Scot

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Dave Borchard
1 year ago

I’ve had WSJT-X working for weeks. Suddenly, WSJT-X quit decoding stations. I couldn’t figure out the problem. All the configuration was correct. I recovered the computer back in time several weeks, and WSJT-X still couldn’t decode any stations. I then searched and found the solution. The time of day has to be close to the correct time of day. My time of day was off about 15 to 20 seconds. There’s software called “nistime-32bit” that will automatically keep your computer time of day correctly set. Fixing my computer’s time of day problem fixed the WSJT-X decoding problem!

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Marc Fraser
1 year ago

Hi, Rich. I’ve been using FT8 on my IC-7300 since December 1st. I use WSJT-X, JTAlert, and Ham Radio Deluxe. You video on the 2-cable solution appears to be the answer to the issue I’ve been having with the rig not staying in USB-D mode reliably. I’ve ordered a CI-V cable and when it arrives I’ll review the video and set it all up.
You also solved my issue of JTAlert double-entering QSOs in HRD Logbook. Such a simple solution.
Thanks for creating concise, clear, and informative videos. I’ll definitely keep watching!
Best and 73,
Marc N1QGM

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