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IC-9100 Firmware Rev. E2 & IC-7410 Rev. 1 USB Driver V.1.20 for IC-7100 up to 9100. RS-BA1 V.1.41 – D-STAR QSO Party 2013 !

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IC-9100 Firmware Rev. E2 & IC-7410 Firmware Rev. 1 are now downloadable from the Icom Inc. Osaka, Japan Global-website of 1 & 8 August, 2013. The new Firmware corrects a number of issue and offers improvements to the two radio (see the all Icom specs and instructions.) – D-STAR the QSO Party 2013 … 10 lucky winner! see below.
In addition, a new USB Driver Rev. 1.20 (adds USB3 port and W8) & Cloning software CS-9100 Rev. 1.01 & Remote Control RS-BA1 Rev. 1.41 can be downloaded. The USB Driver supports the following radios (as of July 2013) IC-7100/IC-7200/IC-7410/IC-7600/IC-9100.

Link to: Icom C-9100 Firmware Release E2 & Improvements informations

firmware-updateTo use the USB cable between the transceiver and the PC, you must install a USB driver. – If the latest USB driver that comes with the CS-9100 or RS-BA1 has already been installed, the additional installation is not necessary.
[Note] Please read (link) Icom Firmware update instructions (ENG. pdf) thoroughly and make sure what is required for the firmware update !!

IC-9100 Checking the Version installed – (idem for “checking” the IC-7410 *)

IC-9100_checking-version1) – Press and hold [F4] and [F5] while turning [ON] the IC-9100 – (idem for IC-7410)
2) – Do NOT release [F4] and [F5] until you have READ the Version results (3)
3) – Results will appear at the bottom of the display
Results for latest Version E2 (01 August, 2013):
F: 3.01-000 = Front (currently no updates) / M: 3.42-E00 = Main (currently no updates) / DM: 3.05 <00> = DSP Main (Previous version should read 3.03 or 3.02) – DS: 3.08 <00> = DSP Sub (Previous version should read 3.04 or 3.03) – (!! Read the Icom information)

 IC-7410 HF/50MHz   * Icom Inc. Global Japan of 08.08.2013:  Now there is an Firmware update Rev. 1  for the IC-7410 Transceiver. – See the link below for Icom download page, and also to the Upgrade Instruction (ENG).

Link to: Icom C-7410 Firmware Release 1 & Improvements and informations

[Note] In the IC-7410 the firmware is updated through the USB port on the rear panel of the IC-7410.  The USB driver must be installed before connecting the USB cable between the IC-7410 and to the PC. – Please read the original instruction from Icom Inc.  “Download the Icom Firmware update instructions” (ENG)

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USB Driver Rev. 1.20 (adds USB3 port and W8) & Cloning software CS-9100 Rev. 1.01 can be downloaded. The USB Driver supports the following radios (as of July 2013) IC-7100/IC-7200/IC-7410/IC-7600/IC-9100 & RS-BA1 Remote Controll applications.

This driver is for only Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, and Windows® 8 (except “RT” versions)

Link to: Icom Inc. USB Driver Software Revision 1.20 of 01 August, 2013 

After installing the driver, connect the radio to the PC, and then the USB driver is automatically installed to add a COM port …etc.  –
[Note] Before downloading the driver, please thoroughly read (link) Icom USB driver installation guide for W8/7/Vista/XP (ENG pdf) for installation details and what is required for the installation !!

 CS-9100 Cloning Software Rev. 1.01 can be downloaded from Icom Inc.

Un software di utilità e clonazione tra apparati uguali – Icom ne dispone un tipo per ciascuno dei suoi apparati base, portatili o veicolari, in generale abilitati per comunicazioni D-STAR. Questa Versione 1.01 per IC-9100 supporta l’uso delle porte USB-3  e W8 ed è stato rilasciato il 1° Agosto 2013.

Link to: Icom CS-9100 Cloning Software Rev. 1.01 del 01 August, 2013

NB> sia per il CS-9100, sia per il CS-7100 Icom annota che è necessario aver installato la precedente propria Versione 1.00 prima di aggiornare con l’ultima ! Scrive anche altre importanti annotazioni da leggere nelle stesse pagine Icom. [Nota] I relativi manuali di installazione per CS-9100 e CS-7100 ad oggi NON sono stati rintracciati (almeno e Se&o!) sulle pagine web di Icom Inc. Japan (02.8.2013)

RS-BA1® Remote Control system Ver. 1.41 (USB-3.0 is now supported) 
(QST
… April, 2012 pag. 55 etc. the  Really Cool Stuff )

An RS-BA1® remote control system consists of at least one PC, which is used as a Base station (Server) and at least one PC, which is used as a Remote station (Client). Both PCs have to be connected with a network and VAC. The Icom USB driver must be installed.

[Note] When you use the RS-BA1 version 1.41, the USB driver must be the USB 3.0 compatible version. Download the USB driver Ver. 1.20 !!  – You must have the RS-BA1 software installed BEFORE you update to revision 1.41.

Link to: Icom Inc.  RS-BA1 Software Ver. 1.41 of 2013/08/01 (! run not free) 

Since cannot turn the radio ON or OFF with RS-BA1 Remote Control operation, the radio must be turned ON. – [Note] there other control board and software (no Icom brand) to control power to equipment or other options, it works together with Icom RS-BA1 or HRD software etc.

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D-STAR QSO Party 2013 – …… 10 lucky winners, from all participants!

Purpose: Connecting the world through D-STAR repeaters (or *) around the globe.
Date & time: September 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2013. Friday 0:00 ~ Sunday 24:00 (UTC)
Bands and modes: DV mode 28MHz / 50MHz / 70MHz / 145MHz / 430MHz / 1200MHz (* Simplex operation on 28MHz, 50MHz and 70MHz) –
[Note] Read the all Icom Info & rules and how to submit a log informations link below -

Link tho: Icom Inc.  D-STAR QSO Party 2013 – Rules

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders. This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – all images and versions above is for illustration only (tnx)!

Icom RS-BA1 Ver.1.30 – RC-28 Remote Encoder – Legal aspects! Rig Monitoring a different purpose

The new RC-28 Remote Encoder accessory gives users a tactile approach to the RS-BA1 Remote Control. Icom has released the Ver.1.30 !! – The RS-BA1 allows you to use the radio installed in another room using your home network or even from a remote location over the Internet. – (operator not physically present in the Remote Rig) – See the legal aspects below – Info to Rig Monitoring  on the Computer Screen (For Vision-Impaired Ham Radio op.) – See the Link below.

RS-BA1 [Note] ….Visual Basic and use MSCOMM control can not detect a change in the Windows Device Table (after the COM port has been opened for use) – These programs hang when the hardware table changes while the port is open – (This is not the programmers fault!)
!! a solution: [Exit] the program first, then turn the Icom Rradio [OFF].

[Note] Legal aspects! (FCC – CEPT – DXCC par. 9) see related link below; – Why remote? and many helpful references by John, KØIZ, read August 2012 QST Magazine ( pg. 39-40)! – (operator not physically present in the country and transnational remote operation, DXCC rules ref. to remote operation and credit etc.)
Link to: Transnational Remote Operation (by TF/KL1A)
Link to: ARRL Guide by WA8IMY Remote Operating

Now Icom comes out with a great new gadget, RC-28 a little box with a VFO knob, 2 programable buttons and a PTT button. The RC-28 is designed to connect to a PC through a USB port, and operate with the RS-BA1 IP Remote Control Software. – Supplied a USB cable (approximately 1.5 m; 4.9 ft) – (RC-28.. like Tmate USB Tuning System …by WoodBoxradio)
[Note] – 1) Make sure Windows has completed its start-up on PC. – 2) Connect the RC-28 to the PC that has RS-BA1 Ver.1.30 or later version installed on it. When the “USB dial…” item on the [Option] menu is not displayed, Please download the RS-BA1 latest version 1.30 from the Icom website, and install it.
[Note] Please read ICOM RC-28 instructions (leaflet PDF) thoroughly before using it.

Link to: Icom RS-BA1 Ver.1.30 Official download page
Link to: Icom RS-BA1 /RC-28 brochure (update 12PS0230)

RS-BA1 Remote Control Software Upgrade Ver. 1.30 is now downloadable from the Icom co.Jp site. – This upgrade is not stand-alone, and must be installed over a licensed base installation of RS-BA1. (Update, the remote utility is still V.1.2 but the remote control is V.1.3!!) – US Retail price RS-BA1 software is $129.99

[Notes]: DO NOT allow the PC to go into the sleep or standby mode while using the RS-BA1 Software. Otherwise, it might not work properly after the PC resumes normal activity.
When not using the radio: Disconnect the radio from both the Remote Utility and Remote Controller. – Even if you disconnect from the radio, it does not turn OFF the radio!

Since cannot turn the radio ON or OFF with RS-BA1 Remote Control operation, the radio must be turned ON. – [Note] there other control board and software (no Icom) to control power to equipment or other options, it works together with Icom RS-BA1 or HRD software etc.

Rig Monitoring with the Icom RS-BA1 Program on the Shack
(Copyright © 2012, AE7PD, Peter – see the link below)
Vari articoli (ENG) di Peter sono dedicati ai radioamatori (compresi i radioamatori ipovedenti) che desiderano visualizzare direttamente nello shack le impostazioni di un ricetrasmettitore HF sullo schermo del computer per una migliore visibilità (Così è possibile vedere in grande la grafica “GUI” di RS-BA1 ed operare con il mouse e la tastiera, oltre ai controlli con le manopole e pulsanti della stessa Radio!) – Peter tratta anche altri sistemi per PSK-31 per Kenwood, Elecraft ecc. – Vedere i link qui sotto.

This article is about using RS-BA1 for a different purpose to make the radio settings easier to read using a nearby computer screen ( also for vision-impaired ham-radio!) – Also, you can operate with a mouse and keyboard in addition to the controls on the radio (on the shack!) – See the link below for many other issues and tips by AE7PD.

Link to: Icom RS-BA1 Program to Rig Monitoring (AE7PD)
Link to: Ham Radio and Vision website (many others issues) 

See the RS-BA1 Remote Controller’s help file for remote operation details, such as how to change the frequency, or turn ON each function. – To display the help file, click “Contents” in the Help menu on the Remote Controller, or push [F1]

Link to: RS-BA1 Instruction Manual – RS-BA1 Guide’s (1)/(2)/(3)

[NoteAll marks are property of their respective owners. Specifications are subject to change without notice!

Icom updates: New USB Driver 2013/6/28 for IC-7100/IC-7200/IC-7410/IC-7600/IC-9100.

IC-7600 Ver.1.11 3/3/2011 - IC-7700 Ver.1.21 3/3/2011 and IC-7800 Ver.2.30 31 January 2011. – Uppdate 2013/06/28 Icom Inc.® have released new USB Driver 1.10. The OS is added: Microsoft® Windows® 8. The new 1.10 supports the radios: IC-7100/IC-7200/IC-7410/IC-7600/IC-9100. – See Link and news below…

Please read 7600/7700/7800 Firmware update information if you want to know more detail information of additional functions – !! The last Firmware is cumulative  of the previus improvements

Firmware per IC-7600 Ver.1.11 e per IC-7700 Ver.1.21 rilasciati

IC-7600, la Ver.1.11 del firmware è stata inserita il 03.03.2011 nel sito-web della ICOM  Jp. Il nuovo firmware aumenta i comandi e le funzioni per il C.IV control e per l’utilizzo del programma RS-BA1 per il Controllo Remoto dei Transceiver sia via LAN da altre stanze di casa oppure via Rete Internet da qualsiasi altra località (Nota: leggere bene il manuale istruzioni RS-BA1 !)

IC-7700, la Ver.1.21 del firmware è stata inserita sempre il 03.03.2011 nel sito-web della ICOM Jp. Comprende tutti gli aggiornamenti precedenti, le nuove funzioni per RS-BA1 Controllo remoto ecc. in più Icom introduce qui miglioramenti alle funzioni della Unità DSP.

Per favore leggere le informazioni Icom per tutti i  nuovi firmware rilasciati, per conoscere tutti i dettagli informativi e tutte le  funzioni addizionali implementate, compresi tempi per il Time-Out Timer ora variabile da menù per maggior sicurezza  –  Gli ultimi firmware sono cumulativi dei precedenti!

ICOM Inc. Software Download  – Update 2013/06/28 USB Driver 1.10

The supported OS is added: Microsoft® Windows® 8 (32/64 bit, except “RT” versions). The USB driver isn’t changed previous one. USB driver installation guide is revised only.
The new Driver 1.10 supports now the radios (as of June 2013) IC-7100/IC-7200/IC-7410/IC-7600/IC-9100

Link to: Icom Support  Download the Manual Ver.1.10  USB Driver !!revised 
Link to: Icom Support Download USB Driver 1.10 xW8 update 06/28/2013

Icom® has also released a new Software, Version 1.10 of the USB Driver on 06/28/2013. The Driver supports the following radios (as of June 2013): IC-7100 – IC-7200 – IC-7410 – IC-7600 and IC-9100. This latest Driver is for Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 and Windows® 8 only, if you require to USB driver for Windows® 98SE/Me/2000, please use Ver.1.00. – See the Link and news above…

The RS-BA1*(see below) allows you to use the radio installed in another room using your home network or even from a remote location over the Internet – Most functions and modes of your transceiver, including interference rejection functions and IF filter settings, can be controlled. Also, S-meter and SWR can be observed, and more. – [Note] Click the image RS-BA1 GUI to enlarge

Firmware update information
– (source: icom releases)

The configurable range of the CI-V address has changed to between 01h and DFh

Additional functions for CI-V commands are provided to support the RS-BA1 (Remote IP), as described on the Icom update  information in PDF format. Command 10 has changed to be used not only to send tuning step settings, but also to read the.
While transmitting in the CW mode, or if the Break-in function is ON, the transceiver transmits CW code when the PC sends this comman, etc.

A new feature, the Time-Out Timer (CI-V) function is added to the Others Set mod. Turns the Time-Out Timer function ON  (3, 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes) or OFF. Increased security: If a continuous transmission exceeds the selected time period,  this function will cut off the transmission, to prevent a prolonged transmission. (default: OFF)
[Note]: This function will be activated only when you transmit using CI-V commands, or pushing [TRANSMIT] on the transceiver!

→ For IC-7600 last Ver.1.11 Improvement of firmware Ver.1.10 (taken off)
→ Fot IC-7700 last Ver.1.21 Improvements software performance for the DSP UNIT.

Link to: IC-7600 Firmware Ver.1.11 downl page now update 2011/03/03
Link to: IC-7700 Firmware Ver.1.21 download page update 2011/03/03
Link to: IC-7800 Firmware Ver.2.30 download page update 2011/01/31

Link to:  See the Icom inc jp RS-BA1 Features ENG  official web-page

Link to: See the Marcucci Spa importer RS-BA1 IT web-page and price

About the Remote * control system:
An RS-BA1® remote control system consists of at least one PC, which is used as a Base station (Server) and at least one PC, which is used as a Remote station (Client). Both PCs have to be connected with a network. [NoteClick the Remoting a Icom Radios picture to enlarge

[Note] 29.11.20113 *Icom Update Ver.1.50 RS-BA1 and IC-7800 Ver. 3.00 *
The IC-7800 (Upgrade model Ver.3.00) has built-in RS-BA1 base station function. Base station PC is not required (Ethernet cable CI-V+audio) – The IC-7800 (upgrade model) or new IC-7100 can wake-up from standby mode via the RS-BA1.

Radios are physically connected to the Base station, and the Remote station can operate the radios through the network. In the remote control system, CI-V commands, control commands such as “Connect” and “Disconnect,” and audio are exchanged between a Base station and a Remote station, through their Remote Utilities.

Most functions and modes of your transceiver, including interference rejection functions and IF filter settings, can be controlled. Also, S-meter and SWR can be observed – Rx Voice recording function available and more.

IC-7600 – New Firmware V1.03 online on Icom co.jp – Improved an issue on the ATU

IC-7600 ver.1.03 – Download the latest Firmware Version Ver.1.03 online on Icom.co.jp/word – Update to 2101/10/29  – [Note] The firmware version of the IC-7600 can be confirmed during turning power [ON] –  The firmware version appears at the right bottom corner (for a few seconds!) (Click the picture IC-7600 Firmware Updating to enlarge)

IC-7600 – New Firmware V1.03 is Online on the Icom site in the download folder

- Model name: IC-7600 – Download Type: Firmware – File Type: ZIP !! – File Size: 2.58MB
- Version: Ver.1.03 – Udate 2101/10/29
–  Major points of update from Ver.1.02 to Ver.1.03:
• Improved an issue that the preset data of Internal Antenna Tuner (ATU) sometimes could not be memorized when turning off the transceiver.

[Remind] The USB-Memory must have been formatted by the IC-7600 transceiver (FAT/FAT32 formats)  when used for the first time. (p. 143)
[Note] The general rule with FAT vs. FAT32 is this: If your computer has FAT32 capability, use that. Otherwise, use FAT.

CAUTION:  NEVER turn the transceiver power OFF while updating the firmware! – You can turn the transceiver power OFF only when the transceiver displays that rebooting is required!
(Click the picture IC-7600 inside view to enlarge)

Link to: Icom.co.jp World Support – Download Firmware Updates IC7600  page

Per il Transceiver IC-7600 è disponibile un nuovo aggiornamento: Ver.1.03 rilasciata dalla  Icom Global Support Jp il 29.10.2010 (vedere qui sopra il Link)
I punti più importanti dell’aggiornamento da Ver.1.02 a Ver.1.03 sono:
• Risoluzione del problema che i dati settati sull'(ATU) Antenna Tuner interno, a volte non risultavano mantenuti in memoria  quando il ricetrasmettitore veniva spento.
Ricordare che la USB Memory deve essere formatta prima (se è usata x prima volta! ) dal IC-7600 con Formato FAT o FAT 32 in base alle specifiche della Memory card e del proprio computer (leggere sul manuale icom)

ATTENZIONE:  NON spegnere il ricetrasmettitore durante l’aggiornamento del firmware! Utilizzare un Gruppo di Continuità oppure una Batteria a 12V in parallelo all’alimentatore, in caso  mancanza di rete

È possibile spegnere in OFF solo quando il display del transceiver visualizza che il riavvio è necessario. Se si spegne il transceiver, o se si verifica la mancanza di alimentazione durante l’aggiornamento, il firmware del ricetrasmettitore sarà danneggiato e si dovrà inviare l’apparato al distributore Icom. ! Leggere con attenzione le istruzioni del manuale dato in dotazione con l’apparato Icom.

The latest Firmware Updates Ver.2.21 IC-7800, 1.12 IC-7700 and 1.02 IC-7600, of 2010/04/01

Firmware Updates IC-7800 / IC-7700 / IC-7600 – Nuovi aggiornamenti  dei Firmware di Icom Inc. – Other news: Icom have released a new Ver. IC-7600  User Manual En 1EX-3 - of 01 Feb, 2010
—- © www.radiocronache.com – Source data: Website Icom Inc. Osaka, Japan

The DSP IF filter shape factor (-6/-60 dB). This is the ratio of the -60 dB bandwidth to the -6 dB bandwidth, which is a figure of merit for the filter’s adjacent-channel’s rejection. The lower the shape factor, the “tighter” the filter. – The two type of DSP filter shape factor for each SSB, SSB-Data and CW can be selected independently from soft and sharp.
A sharp profile with a flat passband and soft profile with a more rounded passband (Twin Passband Tuning [TWIN-PBT] is also easily provided, which enables the filter sides to be both indipendently moved and narrowed, the DSP also provides audio filtering and shaping functions). Depending on  the operating situation, for example handling a pile-up or receiving a very weak signal, you can flexibly change sharp and soft filter shapes or reduce or shift the filter width, even while receiving a signal, by a simple push of a front panel key. See the latest Ver. for each model and Link below..

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IC-7600 ARRL Review on Nov. 2009 QST – 2kHz 3rd-ODR, way better than the 7700 @ 87db

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IC-7600 ARRL Review on the November 2009 QST – 2kHz  88 dB 3rd-Order Dynamic Range, way better than the 7700 @ 87 dB! –
On the photo the I0GEJ’s Shack  and the IC7600 cw test-drive by IK0FUX, (N0FUX) Francesco (No 327 DXCC worked, CTC #1433, Mainly uses CW and him likes different keyers) – Link to ik0fux home-page

englishIC-7600 featured in the November 2009 QST review, reviewed by NCJ Managing Editor Rick Lindquist, WW3DE. 2kHz 88dB 3rd-Order Dynamic Range, way better than the 7700 @ 87dB! some data drawn from ARRL product reviews are summarized in the table on following image, compared to Icom IC-7600 IC-7700 IC-7800 and Yaesu FT-2000D.

[Note] These reviews are worth reading in their entirety on the QST, so as to obtain a systematic comparison between the most recent rigs.  – This new Icom is reviewed by Rick Lindquist, WW3DE National Contest Journal Managing Editor.

See the Link at PA1HR’s QST Key Measurements Summary web page, with QST data table for Icom Yesu Elecraft Flex Microtelecom (Perseus) and Tecn-Tec –  See Link and the table on following image and more…..>

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IC-7600 Review RadCom a summary available. New Icom User Manual En 1EX-1 Update 2009/07/23!

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englishRadcom June 2009 G3SJX review IC-7600 Measured Performance. Summary available: Close-in IMD, IP3 on 7MHz Band, 2.4kHz Bandwidth, USB mode. Preamp Off. – In the receiver, close-in IMD3 dynamic range, reciprocal mixing noise, MDS (sensitivity), IF filter bandwidth (selectivity) and in-band IMD are important parameters.  A summary can be made available in this table IMD3, IP3 report….. Watch the report table, below.

ICOM, has released new IC-7600 User Manual En A-6722H-1EX-1 (auditing) – Last Update 2009/07/23 ……. See the Link below (for download)

italianoICOM  ha rilasciato un nuovo Manuale Utente per l’IC-7600 in Inglese (1Ex-1 auditing) il 23.07.09 – (ci sono integrazioni  operative più chiare, con variazioni su molte pagine)…. Più avanti il Link e la tabella con IMD, IP3  in 7MHz con filtro 2,4kHz in USB …. Continua a leggere

IC-7600 video at Dayton 2009 Hamvention: See the demo by VA7OJ’s and Other related Videos

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IC-7600 at Dayton 2009 Hamvention. Goods Video! Very nice demo by VA7OJ’s Adam do a great job of highlighting the DSP functionality, and many rx features of the new Icom rig. Thanks Adam, for professional demo on the Icom booth in Dayton 2009.
See
the Video 1 and other YouTube related videos (click the triangle on the right and 1st logo!)

va7ojIC-7600 alla Hamvention  di Dayton del 15 e 16 Maggio, 2009. Adam ha realizzato due Ottimi due Video su IC-7600!
Una bella dimostrazione di VA7OJ’s, Adam che con il suo impegno e capacità tecniche riesce a dimostrare le funzionalità dei comandi, del DSP, del TFT Display e del Ricevitore.
Guarda da qui i Video: Demo 1 e altri Correlati.  Grazie Adam, per l’ottimo lavoro in stand Icom  in Dayton Hamvention  2009.

IC-7600 Review: User Evalutation & Test Report by Adam VA7OJ/AB4OJ. – I could not find any fault with the Transceiver

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IC-7600 Review by VA7OJ : Download the fine User Evalutation & Test Report (PDF format) with the Link below or clik on the Banner  below
I could not find any fault with the Transceiver IC-7600.  This radio promises to be a worthy replacement for the tried and proven IC-756Pro3! – Many Thanks Adam, by www.radiocronache.com.

Clarification: The test on pag. 8, par. 2) of this report is for Reciprocal Mixing Noise, not IMD dynamic range – Precisazione: La prova a pag. 8, par.2) della  relazione riguarda la reciproca miscelazione con il rumore di fase del LO, non sono valori della gamma dinamica IMD.

Questo eccellente rapporto, realizzato da VA7OJ/AB4OJ, Adam, descrive dettagliatamente  la valutazione del nuovo IC-7600 S/N #0201203 dal punto di vista dell’utente. Poi sull’Appendice 1) vengono riportati, con molti dettagli tecnici, misure strumentali e diagrammi, molti risultati dei test principali eseguiti sul transceiver nel proprio laboratorio RF. Adam ha potuto utilizzare, per un certo numero di giorni, l’IC-7600  nel suo shack, quindi ha avuto l’opportunità di usare la radio e valutarne le principali caratteristiche  compreso il comportamento in aria – Adam ha testato il livello di uscita RX Baseband dalla porta USB utilizzando DM780*, con  l’interfaccia di Ham Radio Deluxe (* HRD by HB9DRV),  l’IC-7600 ha mostrato subito nel computer l’indicazione “USB Audio Codec” e HRD ha cominciato a lavorare.

Al par. 20) Conclusioni, di questa ampia relazione, Adam scrive: “”Dopo alcuni giorni trascorsi piacevolmente nella “cabina di pilotaggio” dell’IC-7600, sono molto favorevolmente impressionato dalla sua solida e raffinata struttura, dall’attraente e informativo display, dal facile approccio operativo molto intuitivo,  dall’impressionante serie di eccellenti funzioni e per le prestazioni in-aria. Questa radio offre la maggior parte delle funzionalità e delle prestazioni dell’IC-7700 però con le dimensioni simili ad un Pro3. L’apparato si pone in una classe di prezzo  che è tra il Pro3 e l’IC-7700. Icom com un suo colpo vincente ha abilmente introdotto una  nuova interfaccia USB per il computer”” -

In effetti la porta USB è innovativa, non trasporta solo i dati  standard CI-V, ma comprende anche i segnali  audio TX e RX in “PCM baseband”  tra il computer e l’IC-7600. [Nota]: Icom Inc. ha già rilasciato il software  USB Drive Vers.1.00, da installare nel computer. Vedi sotto il Link
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Link to: Download the IC-7600 User Evalutatio & Test Report  by Adam, VA7OJ

EN: This fine report, by VA7OJ, Adam describes the evaluation of the new IC-7600 S/N #0201203 from a user perspective.  Appendix 1 presents results of RF lab test suite performed on the radio, detailed measurements and diagrams. Adam was able to spend a number of days with the IC-7600 in your ham-shack, and thus had the opportunity to exercise the radio’s principal features and evaluate its on-air behavior – Adam thested the RX baseband output levels at the USB port using DM780*, interfacing with Ham Radio Deluxe (*HRD by HB9DRV), the IC-7600 showed up in the computer as “USB Audio Codec”, HRD started working

va7oj's-shackOn this report, par. 20) Conclusion, Adam writes: “”After several days’ worth of “cockpit time” on the IC-7600, Adam .. very favorably impressed by its solid, refined construction, attractive and informative display, easy familiarization experience, smooth operating “feel”, impressive array of features and excellent on-air performance. This radio offers most of the functionality and performance of the IC-7700 in a Pro3-size package, and in a price class between the Pro3 and the IC-7700. Icom have again scored a coup with the straightforward USB computer interface””  –
Indeed the USB port trasports non only CI-V data, but also TX and RX PCM baseband between the IC-7600 and the computer. [Note] Icom Inc. Software USB Drive Vers.1.00 is necessary. Free download Vers.1.00  and read the manual  from Icom Inc. official  web

Link to: Icom Inc. Jp – USB Driver(Ver.1.00), Driver Utility and manuals.
Link to: Radiolab – An excellent tutorial on reciprocal mixing -
Link to: Download the IC-7600 User Evalutatio & Test Report  by Adam, VA7OJ

Appendix 1) summary:

Performance Test on IC-7600 – As performed in Adam Home RF lab, March 17 – 23, 2009 –
Receiver Test: 1) MDS (Minimum Discernible Signal) ATT off, NR off, NB off. Levels in dBm at 3.6 – 14.1 – 50.1 MHz Pream of, 1 and 2, SSB 2.4kHz bw and CW 500Hz bw, 1a): AM Sensityvity (wide 9kHz filter) – 2) Reciprocal Mixing Noise – 3) IF filter shape factor (-6/-60 dB) – 4) SSB filter roll-off in dB and diagram Sharp/Soft – 5) NR noise reduction, measured as SINAD – 6) Manual Notch Filter (MNF) stopband attenuation and banwidth diagram Wide, Mid, Narrow setting – 7) AGC imput response, a) RF burst, b) Test with pulse trains – 8) Noise blanker (NB) impulse response – 9) S-meter tracking & AGC threshold, 9a) attenuator tracking – 10) In-Band IMD test -52 dB! – Follow par. 11) 11a) 11b) 12) for Spectrum Scope Tests and 13) to 22) for Trasmitter Tests.

IC-7600: 1st analog mixers, 2nd IF I/Q rejection mixer and DSP – Download Broshure Eng. and USB Driver Installation Guide

I/Q Mixer AGC-loops DSP

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IC-7600 the flagship’s linage. Employ 1st IF analog mixers, 2nd IF rejection mixer (SDR -I/Q mixer type) and digital signal processing DSP.  It is most interesting that the new Transceiver Rohde & Schwarz® 4100 HF radio family also employs this architectur. (Report/image  www.radiocronache®)

Download the Broshure Eng. language and the new USB Driver Installation Guide, update 02/26/09.  See the Table: Comparison of  key features by Adam, VA7OJ

Link to: Download the Icom.co.jp  new Broshure Eng. lang. PDF (! 4.23 MB)
Link to: Dowload the IC-7600 new USB Driver Installation Guide Eng. PDF
Link to: Table 1: Comparison of key features Icom radios by Adam, VA7OJ

IT: IC-7600 ha lo stesso circuito del IC-7800 e IC-7700 non avendo più lo statio IF a 455kHz e quindi un terzo mixer come il Pro3. Questo evita sia il rischio di altri seganli spuri che l’ulteriore fase di rumore del mixer, fattori di distorsione e di intermodulazione.
IC-7600, utilizza un sistema a doppia conversione superheterodina, con l’impiego di un mixer a reiezione d’immagine (tipo SDR I/Q  mixer) nello stadio della 2nd IF che migliora la “imband IMD”.  Il sistema a doppia conversione  necessita  di maggior tecnologia però si riduce notevolmente la distorsione del segnale e la relativa elaborazione a media frequenza con il risultato di ottenere un segnale di miglior fedeltà all’ingresso del codec A/D e quindi all’unità di elaborazione digitale DSP Unit. TMS320C6726BRFP266MHz clock – 32bit floating point – Capacity = 1600MFLOPS
[Note] Nel cosidetto I/Q Mixer il segnale di 1st IF viene splittato in due segnali di uguale frequenza per essere amplificati da due IF AMPs e poi inviati al 2nd mixer a reiezione di immagine. Le due componenti di questo segnale RX IF, come si vede  dallo schema a blocchi, vengono miscelati con due segnali alla stessa frequenza attraverso lo split e sfasamento dell’OL di 90 gradi. I segnali IF sfasati di 90 gradi I (In fase) Q (Quadratura) così ottenuti vengono ricomposti da un rifasatore e poi elaborati digitalmente, attraverdo il convertitore A/D, dal DSP Unit, che per il progetto richiede ottime conoscenze tecniche ed un elevato sviluppo del software residente nel circuito del DSP Unit, nello stesso Transceiver che è complessivamente gestito dal software dal Main CPU.

È molto interessante il fatto che la nuova serie di radio HF 4100 della Rohde & Schwarz® impiega una simile architettura. Infatti il Transceiver R&S® M3SR Serie 4100, utilizza un sistema a doppia conversione superheterodina e combina l’ottima gamma dinamica di una radio con ottimo mixer analogico e dall’ultimo sistema di processo ed elaborazione digitale del segnale IF e del segnale audio. La frequenza della 2nd IF a 48 kHz è campionata, digitalizzata ed elaborata utilizzando i processori di segnali digitali DSP (nell’IC-7600 la 2nd IF è 36 kHz mentre sull’ IC-R9500 è proprio a 48 kHz).
L’IC-7600 ha anche un doppio loop AGC, uno analogico ed uno digitale entrambi controllati dal cuore del circuito IF DSP. Il segnale necessario all’AGC viene prelevato dopo il filtro digitale, così si previene l’eventuale bloccaggio dell’AGC dovuto a dei forti segnali adiacenti (“pumping” the AGC). Da notare che tanto il filtro digitale IF (Twin PBT, IF Shifth, Twin Peak ecc.) che il filtro notch (NOTCH, NR, NB ecc) vengono elaborati digitalmente nel DSP e sotto controllo dei loops dell’AGC.

ENG: IC-7600 the flagship’s linage, eliminate the 455 kHz IF stage and third mixer, with their attendant risks of spurs, additional phase noise and IMD degrade. IC-7600 employs a double conversion superheterodyne system, which has an image rejection mixer (SDR I/Q mixer type) for the 2nd mixer stage improve inband IMD.
[Note] SDR I/Q mixer: The filtered 1st RX IF signal is amplified by two 1st IF AMPs, then splitted into two before being applied to the 2nd mixe, as a image rejection. Each divided signal RX IF signal is mixed with 2nd LO signals to be converted into the 36 kHz 2nd RX IF. One of the LO signal is 90 degrees phase shifted before being applied to the 2nd mixer, and the converted 2nd mixer IF is 90 degrees phase shifted too. – I (Inphase) Q (Quadrature) signals are buffer and amplified by 2nd IF AMP. Then the 2nd RX IF signals whose phase shifter, then composed by the composer.The composed RX IF signal is amplified, then entered by the A/D converter to the DSP Unit. –
TMS320C6726BRFP, 266MHz clock , 1600MFLOPS!
It is most interesting that the new Transceiver Rohde & Schwarz® 4100 HF radio family also employs this architecture. The R&S® M3SR Series 4100 employs a double conversion superheterodyne system, combines the unmatched dynamic range of radios with analog mixers with the latest in digital IF and audio signal processing. The second IF frequency of 48 kHz is sampled (IC-7600 has 2nd IF 36 kHz, IC-R-9500 has 48 kHz), digitized and processed using DSP digital signal  processors.
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