IC-9100 update the Firmware Version V.E1 of April, 2012 – Checking Version on your rtx – The NPR Testing of many HF Receivers by VA7OJ, Adam (latest NPR updated in March, 2013) see link below – QST reviews IC-9100 on April, 2012 by WW3DE, see the summary key 14MHz below - RS-BA1® remote control system … really cool stuff and Linck, Video and more.
IC-9100 Checking the Version installed – (idem for the IC-7410)
1) – Press and hold [F4] and [F5] while turning [ON] the IC-9100 – (idem for the 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 V.E1 - F: 3.01-000 = Front (currently no updates) - M: 3.42-E00 = Main (currently no updates) - DM: 3.03 <00> = DSP Main (Previous version should read 3.02) - DS: 3.04 <00> = DSP Sub (Previous version should read 3.03) – (!! Read the Icom information)
[Note] for the IC-7410 HF/50MHz is NOT granted any firmware, for now
The IC-9100 Firmware V.E1 has just been posted 13/3/2012. – This upgrade is applied from a PC via the rear-panel [USB B] port. – The IC-9100’s firmware can be updated if desired. By updating the firmware, new function(s) can be added and performance can be improved. – This capability ends months of speculation: “Is it or isn’t it?” - - See the Utility Link, the QST Review, the latest NPR rx Testing (3/2013) by VA7OJ and RS-BA1 remote control … below !
IC-9100 la Versione V.E1 del Firmware è disponibile dal 13/03/2012.
Con questo terminano le incertezze e le voci varie, sì l’IC-9100 ha il suo Firmware aggiornabile!
Come verificare la Versione del Firmware nell’IC-9100 e IC-7410: vedere comandi riportati più sopra; – I dati identificativi dell’ultima Versione E1 rilascita da ICOM Inc. solo per l’IC-9100, ove già installata a bordo oppure dopo aver fatto l’aggiornamento, apparirano sulla parte bassa del Display con una serie di valori (vedere più sopra) - [Nota] Per l’IC-7410 non risultano ancora aggiornamenti ad oggi – (NB: Informarsi tramite tutte le news ufficiali di Icom!)
Il firmware del IC-9100 può essere aggiornato, se uno lo desidera, tramite un PC e via porta [USB-B] sul pannello posteriore. Con l’aggiornamento del firmware, naturalmente, possono essere aggiunte nuove funzioni e migliorate le prestazioni via, via da parte del costruttore. -
[Note]: A USB cable type A-B is required. - Please read Icom ”Firmware update instructions” PDF
Noise Power Ratio (NPR) Testing of HF Receivers -© by Adam, VA7OJ/AB4OJ
- Using notched noise to evaluate dynamic receiver performance
Noise Power Ratio (NPR) Testing of HF Receivers – Using notched noise to evaluate dynamic receiver performance – (…. To put the impact of the NPR test into perspective, a -9 dBm Ptot level at 5.6 MHz BRF is equivalent to 1200 simultaneous SSB signals at -43 dBm each, i.e. S9 + 30 dB!) etc. etc…. by Adam Farson, VA7OJ/AB4OJ- (!! updated in March, 2013 – see the link below)
Con il Test NPR Adam, dimostra che il generatore di rumore bianco immette un segnale a banda larga che carica tutti gli stati del ricevitore, il Front-end, i Filtri e l’eventuale Preselettore, simulando la risposta alla ricezione di multi-segnali del DUT (come in realtà succede collegandovi un’antenna). – Il rumore bianco viene rimosso alla frequenza sintonizzata del ricevitore da un adatto filtro notch, inserito in serie. – A causa della distorsione dei circuiti del ricevitore (DUT imput), questa tacca (notch) tende a riempirsi con prodotti di intermodulazione, i cui effetti verranno oppurtunamente misurati in uscita (DUT output).
Link to: Download the NPR test in PDF by VA7OJ Adam (pdf ENG)
QST reviews the IC-9100 on April, 2012 - An overview of the ICOM IC-9100 MF/HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver on the QST magazine by Rick, WW3DE NCJ Managing Editor (ARRL).
Da: “Key Summary” – (Intercept values ..determined using -97 dBm reference)
Qui vengono riportati solo i numeri a 14 MHz, Pre OFF – RTX IC-7410 / IC-9100
See the April, 2012 issue of QST magazine for the complete review and ARRL Lab test results.
[Note]: Area Members Only – to log-in; -
Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio Home-page
QST pag. 55 [Large Box] RMRD, written by Bob Allison, WB1GCM
- From this review forward, we will include RMDR in the Key Measurements Summary.
Reciprocal Mixing Testing: What Is It?
You may notice two new color bars in the “Key Measurements Summary” at the top of this review. These are for Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range (RMDR), with measurements at 20 and 2 kHz spacing. …….omissis …….. Reciprocal mixing is noise generated in a superheterodyne receiver when noise from the local oscillator (LO) mixes with strong, adjacent signals.
RS-BA1® Remote control system (QST… Now for 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.
Link to: Watch the Video RS-BA1 setting (IC-7410) by GoospeedGoo
QST, verso la fine, tratta anche il Software RS-BA1® opzionale della ICOM, che consente di operare l’IC-9100 in remoto tramite Internet o una rete locale LAN. (Porta USB ad un PC locale (Server), un’altro PC remoto (Client). Uso di Porte audio virtuali (VAC), oltre ad uno specifico USB Driver da installare prima di collegare l’apparato al PC)
Per caricare il software, dovrete inserire l’ID del prodotto e la chiave di licenza dall’etichetta del CD acquistato. – Icom dopo la prima versione ha rilasciato un aggiornamento: Ver. 1.20 – 01/04/2011
[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official ICOM Inc. sources - All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.
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.
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.
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]
[Note] All marks are property of their respective owners. Specifications are subject to change without notice!
The IC-9100 Multiband Transceiver supports RS-BA1 Internet remote-control software Icom suite; With the RS-BA1, you can configure a remote control system through the Internet IP, or a LAN network. • 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. – (Click on the rs-ba1 picture to enlarge)
Icom RS-BA1 remote control software Ver.1.20 update 2011/04/01 (File: ZIP – File size: 21.1 MB) [Note]: It is not possible to execute this updating program if the RS-BA1 is not installed into your PC Remote Control is not free, you buy from retailers. – Now is not yet available in all countries. ML&S UK Ham Store: Price: TBA ! - HRO US Discount Price: TBA ! Marcucci Spa IT Prezzo €88,00 (inc.VAT)!
IC-9100: Interior views, features summarized, first impression, dual receiver but not same band, limits EMCOM. High price to base, and many optionals required for full operation. How to Expand the Receiver range.
Icom V.10GS0190 brochure and it looks like the dual receiver works in all modes simultaneously, but not on the same band • The IC-9100 has 3 independent receiver circuits from the antenna connector to the 2nd IF image rejection mixer • The IC-9100 will receive simultaneously (with mixed modes if desired) on any of the band pairs shown in the “Independent dual receivers” table on the IC-9100 brochure • It severely limits the usefulness for Emergency Communications (EMCOM) by not being able to monitor the same band with both receivers • For that matter, it limits if for DX and contesting, where you are listening in two places of the HF band at the same time. • The architecture of the IC-9100 (only one 1st mixer and LO per receive chain) precludes same-band Dual Watch operation.
The optional UT-121 Unit provides D-STAR DV mode digital voice and low speed data communication. [Note] It doesn’t have the Icom ID-1′s DD “high-speed” data feature! - Installing the optional UX-9100 box and his IF PCB the IC-9100 fully covers the HF/50, 144, 430/440 and 1.2GHz amateur bands in multiple modes. – RX expansion range (see last picture above): Frequancy coverange (not guaranteed!) 30kHz to 60MHz / 108 to 174 MHz / 420 to 480MHz 7 1240 to 1320MHz – Disassemble the radio, locate diode matrix behind the front panel and remove D1504 and D1505 for full Rx coverage, !! work with great care, risk of damage to the PCB – Assemble the radio and operate the full reset by olding [F-INP-ENT] + [M-CLR] and turn power [ON].
[Note] Before you do anything, please read this.!
The modifications are not verified, so if you try some of the article on your own equipment, it’s on your own risk. Performing modifications of some equipment may be a violation of local laws. If you have any doubts, do not perform the modification.
IC-9100 Features and comments: Each main and sub-receiver has a dedicated DSP unit. The radio has two independent receivers in one radio and receives two different bands simultaneously. Roofing filter 6kHz FL-430 Unit and 3kHz FL-431 Unit are Optional. The band scope (no real-time) is a let down, the RX does not work when this is in operation; During the scan interval, the audio output is muted because the audio recovered from the sweep operation would be meaningless and disturbing.
According to the manual, there’s no way to upgrade the firmware; This could partially explain the long delay in product release. They had to get it right the first time!
First positive comments by Frank VK5KV:
Filter capabilities very good with similar operation to the IC-7600 with bandwidth and shaping etc.The Squelch/RF control can operate independently (squelch or RF gain or combined). NR control, Pre amps and AGC functions all excellent in noisy conditions. The SWR measuring Plot is a great feature for having a quick look at the antenna and doing comparisons, selectable in 10,50,100,or 500khz steps.
Watch the video by IK1LBO Massimo: First power on of the new ic-9100 on Mar. 10, 2011 – on the C.R.E.S., Lab testing, more video will follow! – IK1LBO, prima accensione del nuovo IC 9100!
IC-9100 Features – Multiple-band, Multiple-mode – The IC-9100 received FCC Certification on Feb. 10, 2011 ID AFJ318300 – See the Link below and more news..
ML&S Hamradio UK (Basestation) Price (inc VAT at 20%) £2,999.99 / EUR €3,469.24
Marcucci SpA IT Importer (Basestation) List Price (inc VAT at 20%) EUR € 3,548.16
Univ.Radio US (Base) List Price 4.600,00 Your Price $3.799,95 (:1,380 = €2.895,61!!)
Icom Inc. Jp Update 2010/12/24 the Software USB Driver Ver. 1.10.
The driver supports the following radios (as of December 2010): IC-7200 IC-7410 IC-7600 and IC-9100.
This driver is for Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7 only, [Note] if you require to USB driver for Windows® 98SE/Me/2000, please use Ver.1.00.
Icom has used a double conversion superheterodyne system and an image rejection mixer in the IC-9100. The IC-9100 has dedicated receiver circuits from the antenna connector to the 2nd image rejection mixer for each band. – (Watch the Block Diagram below click to enlarge)
Double conversion superheterodyne, a triple conversion system is used for the 1.2GHz band, a built-in 15kHz 1st IF filter and can accept up to two optional filters (3kHz FL-431 and 6kHz FL-430) – Two antenna connectors for HF and 50MHz bands, with an automatic antenna selector, and one each for 144MHz, 430/440MHz and 1200MHz (optional UX-9100) are included in the IC-9100 – The IC-9100 has two independent receivers in one radio and receives two different bands simultaneously – Satellite mode operation – D-STAR DV mode optional UT-121 – HF/50MHz, 144MHz 100W, 430/440MHz 75W – USB connector for PC control – Optional RS-BA1 IP remote control software (See other features below…!)
Link to: Download the Icom RS-BA1 product brochure EN .PDF
RS-BA1 Remote Control Tailored to Icom Transceivers (Click the picture to enlarge)
Software coming soon…US and EU! - See below the Blok diagram, Link to Download the Final brochure in japanese language - Vedi note in Italiano e link a Marcucci Spa, Italian Importer and the List Prices below… ( all images are made by © www.radiocronache.com )
<(Click the picture to enlarge) – See the ©VoIP/LAN Network picture by ©www.radiocronache.com – Remotely Control Icom Transceivers through an IP Network (Home or Internet).
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.
Including interference rejection functions and IF filter settings, modulator, received audio, RTTY demodulator, DV mode data can also be transferred over the USB cable or RS-232 and S/P DIF cables. – Low voice latency 150ms (Win® XP)/ 250ms (Vista/7) (caused by the RS-BA1) provides the same operational experience as using an actual radio. ..Continua/Read more..
Icom IC-9100 – 2010/08/17 Icom Inc. (Hukui Tsutomu President), the ham radio transceiver IC-9100 will be released. Start on sale in JA: Mid October - The IC-9100 is a full coverage from HF to 1200MHz band (Requires optional UX-9100) – The manufacturer says: Just all-round machine!
HFから1200MHz帯※1までをフルカバー。 アマチュア無線の楽しさを、この1台に凝縮。Icom IC-9100
Price: IC-9100 Japan Domestic Marcket List Price 312,900 JPY (tax included)
[Note]!! IC-7600 100W Japan List Price 417,900 JPY (tax included).
Suggestive MSRP in EU – Yen/€ exchange 110/1 (Yen 312,900/110 = €2,845.00 ?! )
Other news: 年間目標販売台数 計500台/年 – Jp/En Google translation says: Annual sales targets a total of 500 units/year (the page does not mention either in Japan or in the world!)
Coming soon!! – (IPリモートコントロールソフトRS－BA1に対応 ……
Clik image to enlarge the GUI of the new Icom RS-BA1 Remote Control Software. – Ethernet, IP and voice to enable the handling of remote control software remote control over IP networks “RS-BA1″ support. You can remotely control the IC-9100. – [Note] Please comply with laws and operate remote control. – Enhanced functions of the PC with the USB port on the back – You can easily connect to your PC [..!data to be verified!]
Two high-end DSP & 24-bit AD/DA converter is equipped, that achieved class IP3 = +30 dBm – HF-50
DSP for Main-band: ADSP-21369 32-bit floating point – 333MHz clock – Processing power = 2000MFLOPS
DSP for Sub-band: ADSP-21375 32-bit floating point – 266MHz clock – Processing power = 1600MFLOPS
Main Features (Summary by www.radiocronache.com – Source: Icom Inc. Web)
- HF +50 MHz +144 MHz +430 MHz +1200 MHz full cover (optional UX-9100)
- The Easy satellite mode settings to achieve syncronizes the UP(tx) and Dow(rx)
- D-STAR® with a digital voice mode built-in Japan (optional UT-121.. outside)
- DV mode supported on 28, 50, 144, 430/440 and 1.2 GHz bands
- Simultaneously receive two different bands, (HF/50⇔144MHz, 144⇔430MHz)
- “RS-BA1″ (Coming soon!) To enable remote control software remote over EtherNet/IP
- IF-DSP two 32bit floating point DSP and 24bit AD/DA converters
- Rofing filter 15kHz default 1st IF filter (6 and 3 kHz option for HF +50MHz bands)
- Superheterodyne system receives feedback from the upper Icom model ( I/Q image-reject mixer)
- Standard conditions at a glance that the scope of the band within the band.
- Built-in ATU Antenna Tuner(HF +50 MHz bands) as standard.
The IC-9100 will on display in the Icom booth at Ham Fair 2010 to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight of August 21~22, 2010. —– Enjoy Tokyo HamFair this weekend!
Link to: JARL Ham Fair 2010 in Tokyo – Info and Reports
At Friedrichshafen, last Ham radio 28 June, 2010, Icom Europe said that the IC-9100 would be released around September / October — The projected release is around October 2010!
Watch the photo inside the IC-9100 (click below for larger images) !!→ Updating: Andrews Comm Now it is * Due Sept/Oct? (see the link below)
The IC-9100 covers 100W on HF, 50MHz and 144MHz, 75W on 430/440MHz and 10W on 1200MHz (option). The radio simultaneously receives two different bands (1. HF/50MHz + VHF/UHF – 2. VHF + UHF – 3. 430/440MHz + 1200MHz) and works as if there are two independent receivers in one radio. (Source by © 2010 Icom Inc)
Two 32-bit DSP and double conversion superheterodyne → Each main and sub-receiver has a dedicated DSP unit → The D-STAR mode (option) is available in 28MHz and 50MHz bands simplex mode as well as in VHF and UHF bands → USB connector for PC control → Modulator, received audio, RTTY demodulator, DV mode data can also be transferred over the USB cable → GPS position reporting functions → Satellite mode operation or even moonbounce → Optional CS-9100 programming Software → The built-in RTTY demodulator and decoder → Optional 1st IF filters for HF/50MHz bands → Optional D-STAR DV mode UT-121 Unit → And more Features: → Download the new Brochure released from Icom Inc. (Link below)
Link to: Icom America IC-9100 – has updated their web page
Link to: Download the new Pre-release Icom inc (14.05.2010) – 2.6MB .PDF
Link to: The IC-9100 web-page by Adam,VA7OJ/AB4OJ
!! Andrews Communications Systems in NSW AU has again changed their web site on the radio IC-9100. Now it is * Due Sept/Oct? Link to Andrews web → (updated 25.07.2010)
Andrews Communications Systems in New South Wales AU – has updated their web site, saying they will have the radio * Due Sept/Oct? – Expected price AU$4000.00 (with or…. with none of the “options”!? D-Star, Roofing Filters 3/6 kHz and 1.2G module extra?) – List Price calculated in USD = 3600.00? (AUD/USD: 0,9010 of 05.13.2010) Andrews Comm. we’ll have the best price, of course!
A Friedrichshafen, nella fiera Ham Radio di fine Giugno 2010 scorso, Icom Europa ha detto che l’IC-9100 verrà commercializzato verso settembre/ottobre! – In effetti si dice che dovrebbe essere più in Ottobre. – La Andrews Communications Australia ha ancora aggiornato il suo sito web, sulla pagina del IC-9100 scrive: L’arrivo ora è previsto * per Settembre/Ottobre? 2010! (25.07.2010) – Il prezzo di listino rimane sempre AU$4000.00 con previsti sconti – Link al sito Andrews Comm
Il Prezzo atteso rimane A$ 4.000,00 AUD – (Non è indicato se il prezzo comprende le opzioni: Modulo D-Star, Filtri stretti 3/6kHz e il modulo 1.2GHz che eventualmente sarerebbero extra?) – Arrivo previsto ora a Settembre. – Il prezzo in Euro al Cambio di 0,7155 (del 13.5.2010) sarebbe = a €2.860,00 di Listino (prezzo indicativo!)
Presto speriamo di leggere le notizie sul IC9100 e il suo prezzo anche su Marcucci SpA!
I dati sul doppio ricevitore, doppio DSP e tutte le funzioni operative si trovano sulla nuova Brochure Icom del 14.05.10 – Scaricabile dal Link più sopra
Il nuovo multi banda IC-9100 dimostrativo, in attesa del Certificato FCC, è stato esposto alla Dayton Hamvention 2010 nello Stand della Icom America con la nuova Pre-Release
The all-round transceiver IC-9100: HF/50 MHz (100W) 144/430 MHz (50W) 1200 MHz (10W) with optional 1.2 GHz UX-9100 module. Optional D-STAR Unit, DV mode operation on the esport version.
* HF/50MHz, 144/430 (440)MHz &1200MHz coverage (UX-9100 Optional)
* 100W on HF/50/144MHz
* 75W on 430 (440)MHz
* 10W on 1200MHz >(UX-9100 Unit Optional)
* Roofing 15kHz (FL.431 3kHz/ FL-430 6kHz 1st IF Optional for HF/50MHz)
* D-STAR DV (D-STAR Unit optional in combination with operating bands and mode)
* Satellite mode operation
* SSB, CW, RTTY, AM, FM & DV (D-STAR optional)
* 32-bit floating point DSP & 24-bit AD/DA converter
* Double superheterodyne with 2nd IF image rejection mixer
* This device requires 13.8 VDC
Icom introduces a direct competitor to the Kenwood TS-2000 TS-2000x!…. The IC-9100 has only one main DSP unit. In the 9100′s price class, it would not be cost-effective to include a second DSP board (ADC, DSP, DAC, support IC’s) for dual receive. No VHF and UHF at the same time.
See the Link below for download the Pre-release product information .PDF 2.2MB