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IC-7700 Ver.2.00 & Remote Control via RS-BA1 Remote Software. Watch the video help by M1GEO

09/04/2014

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IC-7700 Ver.2.00 & Remote Control via Icom RS-BA1 Remote Software Ver.1.60 Watch the Video by M1GEO, Georg Smart 04/07/2014 – Watch the video again and set the station up step by step. This makes setting up the IC-7700 and RS-BA1 Software Version 1.60… very easy! Thank Georg!

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IC-7700 Versione 2.00 e il controllo remoto via RS-BA1 Software Icom Versione 1.60 – Questo interessante video di Georg M1GEO, permette di configurare sia l’IC-7700 che la RS-BA1 V1.60 molto facile!
Rivedere il video con cura e impostare stazione passo dopo passo. Questo permette di configurare l’IC-7700 e la RS-BA1 V1.60 con cura, anche se Georg parla in inglese! - It’s easy with the video help !

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources - 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 by IØgej)!

 



IC-7700 – The Firmware Ver. 2.0 for the IC-7700 has now been released 03/26/2014 & Remote Software RS.BA1 Ver.1.60 is on!

26/03/2014

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IC-7700 Upgrade Model Ver.2.00 is on! – The New Firmware Version 2.0 for the Icom IC-7700 has now benn released 03/26/2014 – Thanks Icom! - Il nuovo Firmware Ver. 2.00 per IC- 7700 è stato appena rilasciato da Icom Inc. 26/03/2014 ! – The new RS-BA1 Ver.1.60 is on – For improvements & information, please read the ”IC-7700 Information for Firmware version 2.00″ (Link below).

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 IC-7700 Ver.2.ØØ major improvements:
- Waterfall screens, mouse operation, and other functions on bandscope have added.
- An audio scope function has been added.
- The USB connector now also accepts a USB mouse for operation.
- A new feature, the audio adjustment for APF audio peak filter for CW
- The Voice Recording function recording time has been increased.
- Transmission recording capability has been added.
- Remotely control the transceiver without needing a Base (server) PC.
(Remote Control Software RS-BA1 Ver.1.60 or later is required).
- Some CI-V commands are added.
- Frequency band expansion (On some transceiver versions).
- A new feature, adjustment of the transmission’s timing is added.

Link to: Icom Co. Jp IC-7700 Firmware Updates /Download web-page ENG
Link to: IC-7700 Information for Firmware version 2.0 (A-6937-2EX) ENG

!! Never turn OFF the transceiver power during the update!

[Note] Abaut the [USB] connector: - KEEP the Transceiver power OFF when connecting or disconnecting a USB keyboard, mouse or hub – DO NOT connect the following devices: – Two or more the same kind of USB devices.- (Example: two USB hubs or two USB mouses) –  Larger than 32 GB USB flash drives –  Bluetooth® keyboard or mouse. - USB HDD - Multimedia adapter .

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Link to: IC-7700 アマチュア無線機器 - Ver 1.21からVer 2.00の主な変更点

[Note] italiano Circa l’uso del connettore [USB]: • Supportata solo: USB flash drive, Tastiera, Mouse o Hub. • Tenere il ricetrasmettitore disattivato quando si collega o si scollega un dispositivo USB tastiera, mouse o hub. • NON collegare i seguenti dispositivi:   – Due o più dispositivi USB dello stesso tipo.   (Esempio: Due hub USB o due mouse USB)   – Adattatore Multimedia   – USB HDD   – Unità Flash USB superiore a 32GB   – Tastiera Bluetooth ® o il mouse simile.

Power amplifier (New PA Unit)
[Note] - The current Rev. #12 / #13 etc. (S/N*) incorporates the new PA-UNIT and LPF modules, and in addition several other modules are also “up-rev.” from the earlier version.
The STAC2942 power amplifier is used in a push-pull design providing reliability in professional communications. This device generates a 200W of output power from HF to 54MHz. (from Icom data)

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[Note*] IC-7700′s Version and Intended Country of Use: S/N #13 (Europe-01) #14 (France-01) #15 Italy-01) #16 (Spain-01) #17 (United Kingdom-01) #012 (America)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources - 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 by IØgej)!



IC-7100 User Evalutation & Test Report. IC-7100 – IC-7000 Feature Comparison by VA7OJ, Adam – Picture, Video & more.

12/09/2013

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IC-7100 User Evalutation and Full Test Report plus IC-7100/IC-7000 Feature Comparison by VA7OJ, Adam. (! see link +below!) – See the Video demo by GØTAN Engineering staf at ML&S Ltd UK (link +below) - I think that hams using D-STAR will find it a nice addition to their base or mobile setups for DV (digital-voice & data) mode on the 28MHz, 50MHz and VHF UHF bands. (!… danger mobile radio: keeping your eyes on the road!) – See the pictures, video and more below.

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The IC-7100 display contrast ratio is also quite nice. I wish it had a color screen as some others have noted. I don’t think much is missed by not having a color screen, as there’s no information displayed that twould benefit from color. The display resistive touch screen is easy operation!

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IC-7100 User Evalutatio & Full Test Report by VA7OJ, Adam (!a report of 48 pages)

This Report describes the evaluation of IC-7100 (S/N 02001352) from a user perspective. - Appendix 1) is a comparison of IC-7100 and IC-7000 features in tabular form. – Appendix 2) presents results of an RF lab test suite performed on the radio. Adam also writes: “I was able to spend a few days with the IC-7100 in my ham-shack, and thus had the opportunity to exercise the radio’s principal features and evaluate its on-air behavior”. – (thanks to Adam).

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italianoIl Report di ben 48 pagine in pdf, descrive ampie valutazioni come utente dell’IC-7100 (S/N 02001352 US version) – Nell’Appendice 1) vengono comparate, in forma di tabulato,  le caratteristiche principali del IC-7100 e del precedente IC-7000 – Nell’Appendice 2) sono presentati ampi risultati delle misure e dei vari test nel laboratorio RF di Adam sul nuovo transceiver Icom. – Adam scrive anche: “Sono riuscito a trascorrere alcuni giorni con questo IC-7100 nella mia “baracca” di radioamatore, quindi ho avuto la possibilità di provare le caratteristiche principali della radio e valutarne il comportamento On-air” (Grazie ad Adam per l’interessante recensione).

pdf_logoLink to: IC-7100 User Review & Test Report & Comparison by VA7OJ (ENG)

The DR key accesses a D-STAR repeater setup menu, facilitating D-Star service configuration. The DR mode is the “enhanced” user interface for VHF/UHF D-STAR operation. For HF D-STAR, or for those more accustomed to the basic D-STAR operation, simply selecting DV will give access to the D-STAR digital mode.

Video-demo by GØTAN  senior  Technical Support & Engineering staff at ML&S Ltd
Filmed at the ML&S Store in UK. – Video produced and edited by Henry Lynch.

[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)!



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 !

08/08/2013

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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)!



HAM RADIO 2013: FDM-DUO – HandyPSK – EXPERT 1.3K – Exacalibur ULTRA – K3/0 Mini – FT1DR C4FM – PT-8000 & More

03/07/2013

HamRadio-2013

Ham Radio 2013 – The International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs, HAM RADIO 2013, was held June 28-30, 2013 in Friedrichshafen, with exciting new models and products! - Here are  some photos and news  from the tour…! – FT-1DR FDMA Mode like NEXEDGE™ Kenwood’s or IDAS™  Icom’s Digital PMR’s Radios. See the new FT1-DR brochure -   Fiera di Friedericshafan 2013: un report con varie foto e descrizione di alcune novità  - See more & Link below!

FDM-DUO a new SDR rtx made in Italy – ELAD has displayed his “little SDR Tranceiver” at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen 2013. Quite interesting concept to have a stand alone QRP rig at 192kHz sampling, combined with an extended SDR if you use it with a Computer.

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It is a Direct Sampling SDR receviver (is an RF Sampler) with a DDC on a FPGA, and a Cortex ARM DSP module for filtering and demodulation in stand-alone mode. In RX and TX directions it is a fully SDR technology. QRP trasmitter 5 W Output Power – CAT Control via USB-2 port dedicated.  (please click image to enlarge)

FDM-DUO_rtx-Elad-2013In other words: you can take it with you as a self-sustained 192kHz SDR narrow band modes QRP tranceiver (Sideband/CW/AM). -
At home, attached to a faster CPU (computer with FDM-SW1 software o so), you can run it at its full bandwidth of 6144kHz sample rate and use wider bandwidth RX/TX modes, inc. DSB, AM Sync, FM, RTTY, DRM, WB FM+RDS.
Link to: Download the FDM-DUO lefleat-1 by ELAD Srl -

FDM-DUO Coming Soon – ! A meno che non costerà meno di 800 Euro/1100$, più le spese di spedizione, per ora preferirei ottenere un consolidato QRP Elecraft KX3 ( L’Italia dell’eccellenza nel Software Defined Radio va apprezzata per i successi di alto livello avuti, ma qui … ben tre porte USB-2 sul retro del DUO (1RX-1TX e 1CAT), impone di capirne il perché e gli sviluppi del prototipo)!  … il team Elad ci sorprenderà!

HandyPSK – Compact PSK 40m & 20m QRP Transceiver

You can operate CW, RTTY, BPSK, QPSK without a PC. Just connect the battery and antenna and you can operate anywhere, anytime with 100mW pover output. -  PS2 External keyboard jack – Stand-alone no PC!
Picture Main PCB: You can see DsPIC33F DSP, TI 3204 CODEC, 3 pole Crystal filter.

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SilentSystem Ltd specification: Front-end crystal filter architecture – Low noise and high IMD dynamic range – Internal DSP emphasizes weak signals and decodes the text – Rotary dial operation. Copy received words and paste to send templates – 128 x 64 dot backlit graphic LCD display – 100mW RF output, and more.

SPE  EXPERT 1.3K-FA Linear Amplifier Up to 1.5 KW (1.3 KW typ.)

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The Italian “SPE” introducing its new EXPERT 1.3K-FA Amplifier – Powerful up to 1.5kW – Very Ligth: 7,5 kg – 3 Power levels: (max) full, (mid) 800W, (low) 500W – Builtin Switching Power Supply with PFC – Frequency Range 1.8MHz to 50 MHz – Manages 4 antenna automatically – Fully remotable & CAT –  USB & RS232 ports – Builti two fast CPUs – [note] The PA-Unit (Power Amplifier) uses only one new rugged device! - Available also without ATU (allowing significant… savings) - Pricing will be $5200 USD – Availability about the late 2013. - (please see the official source!)

WiNRADiO introducing its new SDR EXCALIBUR “Ultra” (beta version)

SDR_Excalibur-ultra_combi-2013WiNRADiO SDR Excalibur Series employs a user-selectable preselector that can operate either in a fully automatic or user-configurable mode. As many as 119 different filter combinations can be constructed by the user (91 bandpass, 14 low-pass and 14 high-pass). The front-end employs 34 subminiature electromechanical relays (rather than often used but distortion-prone semiconductor switches.

Elecraft K3/Ø Mini Remote Controll head “Real Rig Feel”

K3-0mini_2013Elecraft and its new K3/Ø Mini for remote controll of a home or contest station!! – the lightweight portable remote control for the K3 Transceiver –  ”Real Rig Feel” remote operation for CW, SSB, & Data modes – Stereo! Amplified Internal Speakers – Single cable inteface to the Remote Rig Internet System (RRC-1258MkII Mod. or so) – Pricing will be $695.00 USD – Availability is expected for early August 2013.

Yaesu and its “D-Star” DV competitor FT-1DR & the HF FTdx-1200

FT-1DR V/U HT the Yaesu C4FM DV competitor 144/430 FDMA and FM modes. Tthe new HT digital was not compatible with a D-STAR DV standard, and the repeaters available for it only some areas recently.

FT1DR_C4FM&FM FT1DR_4-modes Yaesu_FTdx-1200

Digiata C4FM FDMA & Analog FM, in 4 communication modes: 1) V/D Mode: Simultaneous Voice/Data Mode (6.25kHz voice + 6.25kHz data & ec code, bandwidth is used) - 2) Voice FR Mode: Voice Full Rate Mode (uses the entire 12.5kHz for digital voice - 3) Data FR Mode: High-speed 9.6 kbps  Data Communication Mode (uses the entir 12.5kHz…..)4) Analog FM Mode – AMS (Automatic Mode Select) is available.

FT-1D news: The built-in worldwide standard AX.25 Data TNC Modem permits uncomplicated APRS® FT1D_FM-aprs(Automatic Packet Reporting System) operation.- More useful information & GPS logger is stored on the high capacity micro SD card (Maximum 32GB) – Rx covers 504 kHz – 999.900 MHz (A Band), 108 MHz – 580 MHz (B Band), continuous reception for Short-wave, FM/AM broadcasts, and more features… see the new brochure link below!

List Price: $600,00 Your Price: $539,95 USD (Universal Radio) !!

[Note] !!! The FDMA C4FM (4-Level FSK) is a Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) methodology whereby one user accesses a channel frequency at any one point in time. (i.e. accesses via the frequency domain)… …!
like NEXEDGE™ Kenwood’s Digital PMR or IDAS™  Icom’s Digital PMR radios! – (2005/2007: Forms a technical alliance with Kenwood, Icom, Zetron Inc & CTE International etc.  to jointly research to dPMR digital two-way radios – narrow 12.5 kHz and very narrow 6.25 kHz bandwidth channels )

Link to: Download the FT1-DR/FT1-DE latest Brochure B9200643 (ENG)

[Note]  dPMR is a digital technology designed for VHF/UHF that uses 4-Level FSK FDMA (C4FM) modulation and supports both voice and data. – The dPRM Association support the latest digital PMR radio technology known as dPMR. The group currently includes radio manufacturers, chip manufacturers, protocol and software developers and systems developers. (!! Yaesu Musen Co.  not member at this time !)

Link to: More news & Members from the © dPMR Association web site 

Hilberling GmbH PT-8000A VLF / HF / VHF Transceiver (Rev.2.0)

Hilberling-200W-PA  PT-8000ABlock Schematic PT-8000A

RX: 9 kHz – 30 MHz/50 – 54 MHz/69.9 – 70.5 MHz/144 – 148 MHz/110 – 143.9 MHz
TX: 160/80/60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6/4/2m-band – All-Mode  - 2x RX – DSP and 16-pol analog + digital filters – Frequency Stability 0.005 ppm – List Price: €.13.290,00 incl. 19% MwSt (VAT De).
Link to: Download the Hilberling PT-8000A PDF Brochure

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources - All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders



IC-7700 New PA uses a STAC2942 (Rev S/N #12 #13) – NPR rx Testing by VA7OJ Adam

20/12/2012

New IC-7700 MOSFET PA Unit - The IC-7700′s (S/N #12 USA/Canada, S/N #13 EUR etc.*) now have just one Mosfet (STAC2942) on the PA board, instead of the two MRF-150 of previous PA Unit (ex S/N #02 USA/Canada, ex S/N #03 EUR etc.*)
NPR Testing HF Receivers – 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…. by Adam Farson, VA7OJ/AB4OJ- (!! updated in March, 2013)

Link to: NPR Testing of HF Receivers by VA7OJ, Adam (pdf ENG)

IC-7700 HF 50MHz Transceiver new PA-UNIT  送信ファイナル段には、高Poのバイポーラトランジスタ(STAC2942)を採用した広帯域パワーアンプを搭載。- Higher Power – STAC2942 & STAC3932 saturates at over 500W  - (updated 18 April, 2012 by radiocronache!)

italianoNuovo PA Unit sull’IC-7700 - La nuova serie di IC-7700 (S/N #12 USA/Canda, S/N #13 EUR ecc.*) montano un solo dispositivo MOSFET (STAC2942) sulla scheda PA-UNIT, invece dei due transistor MRF-150 della precedente versione del PA-Unit (ex S/N #02 USA/Canada, ex S/N #03 EUR etc.*)

IC-7700_external-monitorL’attuale Rev. #12/#13 incorpora la nuova versione del PA-UNIT e moduli LPF, inoltre diversi altri moduli del transceiver sono “up-rev.” rispetto alle versioni precedenti. - Ora tutti gli IC-7700′s con un “1″ nella prima cifra del S/N (numero di serie) hanno il nuovo PA-UNIT e i moduli LPF.
Esempio*: Giappone: #11XXXXX – USA / Canada: #12XXXXX – UE: #13XXXXX etc.

The current Rev. #12/#13 version incorporates the new PA-UNIT and LPF modules, and in addition several other modules are also “up-rev.” from the earlier version.

The IC-7700 uses a STAC2942 power amplifier in common source push-pull configuration (common source). The power amplifier provides a eliable 200W of output power up to 54MHz. – The STAC2942B is a gold metallized N-channel MOS field-effect RF power transistor. It is intended for use in 50 V DC large signal applications up to 250 MHz (ST datasheet)
The effective quad cooling fan system makes it possible to generate 200W full power output even during full duty cycle operation.

[Note*] IC-7700′s Version and Intended Country of Use: S/N #13 (Europe-01) #14 (France-01) #15 Italy-01) #16 (Spain-01) #17 (United Kingdom-01) #012 (America)
ICOM Inc. Japan/ICOM (Europe) GmnH have released the latest Declaration of Conformity CE on 25th Mar. 2011 - (Previous 12th Feb. 2008) Source: IC-7700 Manual ENG Ver. A-6937H-1EX-1 – Link to: Icom Co. Jp –  iC-7700 Official Features

[Rumors] It is said that the manufacturer of the MRF-150 used in the 7700′s series PA Unit, has recently discontinued this supply. This event has probably brought Icom to design a new PA Unit based on  the new DMOS STAC2942 ©STMicroelectronics parts.
 * Other regional variants will have different serial number for the change-over to a MOSFET PA – (!! Official info: ask retailers or Icom Inc., please)
[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.

 



IC-9100 Up. Firmware V.E1 – QST review April 2012 and the “NPR rx Testing” by VA7OJ

16/12/2012

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)

IC-9100_checking-version1) – 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

Link to: Icom Co. Jp Firmware V.E1 Official download page
Link to: Icom Co. Jp Firmware Update Manual Istructions

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, 2013see 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

  • …………………………………..Icom IC-7410……………..Icom IC-9100
  • …………………………………QST October 2011.………….. QST April 2012
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….144 dB…………….…….142 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz blocking gain compression….111 dB………….……….111 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range……106 dB…………….…….108 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range….….88 dB…………….………87 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order intercept……………+29 dBm……………….+29 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order intercept……………+  5 dBm…………….….+  2 dBm

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

Link to: Manuale PDF dal sito web di VA7OJ, Adam, www.ab4oj.com.
Link to: ICOM America  RS-BA1® Guida rapida di riferimento on-line
Link to: Icom USB Driver(Ver.1.10) –  Driver Utility and manuals.

[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.

 



YAESU: early 2012 release a Digital C4FM (4-level FSK) Handheld – The New Brand logos

18/01/2012

YAESU Amateur Radio Division of Vertex Standard, has relesed 27 December, 2011 an extensive Publication in PDF:  ”A Digital Communications Guide for Amateur Radio Operators” (on its website) – The publication confirm that Yaesu positions itself for digital radio battle against Icom D-STAR business !!

Big news still: YAESU writes “early 2012, we will release a C4FM (4-level FSK) FDMA Handy-Talky and Mobile Transceiver into the Amateur radio market” !

News update: The new Brand Logos already appear on website of the ©Yaesu USA Inc. (earlier name: Vertex Standard US Headquarters)

[Note]: the recent corporate reorganization, that brings Vertex Standard’s LMR (land mobile radio) division to Motorola, and breaks Yaesu off into a independent corporation again, known as YAESU MUSEN  Co., Ltd,  for Amateur, Marine and Air-band business divisions. – The US subsidiary wil be YAESU USA Inc.  [please wait for the any official information !]

Yaesu Digital radio system that uses C4FM (4-level FSK), and is very popular in professional commercial markets, is known ad DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) [note: no DRM…!) is used primarily in the European and Asian markets, and is also known as dPRM.

Link to: Download and enjoy the PDF of the Yaesu discussion

Currently GSMK modulation is still being used by D-STAR in 2004, was introduced to the Ham bands. – ICOM D-STAR was the first in the game to promote digital voice and data specifically for amateur radio, and they have quite the stronghold right now – It will be interesting to see ICOM’s reaction to YAESU’s entry to the digital radio market that appears to be early 2012, we will release a C4FM FDMA Handy-Talk- (!! please see the image up! click its to enlarge).

Network an all-digital group of MOTOTRBO DMR repeaters in the USA, Germany, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland, and Spain ! - See the link below for DMR and D-STAR info.
Link to:  The DMR-MARC Worldwide Network – drm-marc net web
Link to: D-STAR World Wide Registered GW-2 and Users information  



STØR South Sudan QRT Total QSO’s: 121.286! – With K3 – IC-7200 – Acom

10/08/2011

STØR – The first DX-pedition in Southern Sudan has finished its work. Excellent result of all the teams: Totale QSO’s 121.286 in Database – 27.994 Unique Callsigns – 176 DXCC – 40 CQ Zones - last QSO at 10/08/2011 @ 07:01. – Thanks to: DXFriends, Intrepi-DX, Sponsors and the teams.

Link to: DXFriends Official Log web-page to find a Qso with ST0R 

STØR - La prima DX-pedition in Sud Sudan ha terminato la sua missione. Un ottimo successo dei due team: complessivamente 121.286 QSO nel STØR Database – 27.994 Unique Callsigns – 176 DXCC – 40 CQ Zones –  ultimo QSO alle ore 07:01 del 10/08/2011 poi QRT  - Grazie a: DXFriends, Intrepi-DX, agli Sponsors ed ai teams, compreso l’operatore italiano IN3ZMR, Fabrizio (qui sotto la sua foto  selezionata dal sito web ufficiale)

Qui di seguito due immagini, tratte dal sito ufficiale www.dxfriends/SoutherSudan2011 per soddisfare una prima curiosità, infatti si possono vedere una parte degli apparati che la DX-Pedition ha dichiarato di utilizzare in queste settimane di intenso traffico, compresi i 6mt, oltre naturalmente per mettere in evidenzia l’operatore italiano che fa parte del team DXFriends:
Transceivers: 1 x IC-7000 2 x IC-7200 Icom e 3 x K3 Elecraft  - Amplifiers: 2 x Acom 1010 and Others, tutto il resto e le  antenne, dalle Hexbeam alle Spiderbeam ecc. sono sul sito ufficiale.

 



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

08/03/2011

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.