Linking ICOM-9700 with computer

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alex wickham
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Linking ICOM-9700 with computer

Post by alex wickham » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:44 pm

Many happy years with Winlog32 except linking rigs with computers. Now have a new call and want to start again. Can one link na IC-7610 using a USB port on the rig rather than the CI-V jack?

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Re: Linking ICOM-9700 with computer

Post by G0CUZ » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:12 pm

I don't think that is possible, sorry.

Virtual com port and an appropriate USB control cable is the way to go using CI-V, about £7.
Should also come with associated driver.

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Re: Linking ICOM-9700 with computer

Post by alex wickham » Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:24 pm

Thank you for the reply. The ICOM IC-7610 with v1.2 firmware does provide a virtual com port through the USB 1 port on the transceiver provided you download the appropriate USB driver from the ICOM Japan website but I just cannot establish a link. If I go back to the out of date CI-V box with an RS232-to-USB cable which one will work? Should it be Prolific or FTDI chip based to link the box to a modern computer? Alex

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Re: Linking ICOM-9700 with computer

Post by G0CUZ » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:46 am

You don't need the CI-V box at all - it's an expensive waste, just get a cable which has the built-in FTDI or Prolific chip, when you get the cable - the supplier should provide you with the appropriate driver or link to the driver - they';re readily available, always follow the driver installation instructions, as it's a bit tricky, but it is what everybody uses.

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