Icom IC-2820H Replacement GPS Antenna

i happened to come across a second hand Icom IC-2820H Deathstar radio recently at a very good price and purchased it for the shack/one of the cars. BUT… it was missing the GPS antenna to allow DPRS (aprs for Dstar) and other positioning functions this radio offers. The GPS unit is supplied with the UT-123 Dstar…

IC9100 Firmware Update E3 2015

Icom has Released a new firmware update for the IC9100 radio.  IC-9100 Firmware Rev. E3 is now downloadable form the Icom Japan website. It is a stand alone .exe file that will install the E3 firmware update. IC9100 E3 Firmware link The new firmware corrects one item on the radio The firmware update modifies the IC-9100’s…

Trying to overcome suburban noise

The other week, a friend of mine Rob VK2GOM shared a photo of a 1:1 current balun he had built to try and reduce some local noise issues he had at his home. His device had improved his experience. He chose 17 turns and the FT240-43 core based on info from this website Have a read of…

Icom IC-9100 RTS to CAT control

The IC-9100 that I have has a USB port on the back that allows audio and cat control directly from the radio. It works as advertised, and works generally well.. BUT.. a number of the software programs I like to use (WSPR) don’t have CAT radio TX control, they use the RTS method. I had…

Icom IC-706Mk2G Remote Head Latch Repair

I was cleaning up the other day and found my old Icom IC-706Mk2G radio. It had been in a box since semi retirement a while ago when I upgraded the radio in the car! It still gets used from time to time, camping and portable (non sota) and for vhf/uhf field days and contests, but…

Icom IC-9100 ICF Programming File

I had a local Melbourne ham who is a member of my local Ham club EMDRC ask me today if I had the 9100 programming software CS-9100 as he was keen for a base line file as a starting point as the prospect of starting to program the icom IC9100 ICF file was a bit daunting,…

Icom IC-7100 Omnirig INI File

Peter, VK5KX has modified my IC-9100 INI file to work with the new Icom IC-7100. He has modified the radio address (hex) only, and the same operation and limitations as my original IC-9100 version of the file. I don’t have a IC-7100, thus have not tested this file, but their is no reason it should…

Icom IC-9100 Omnirig INI File

One of the reasons I purchased my icom IC9100 was for VHF/UHF contesting. Being a shack in a box, with 160m-23cm bands in a small package, it was the ideal rig for my limited space. and has been a wonderful performer. In Australia we have a number of active higher band contests throughout the year,…

Icom IC-9100 Firmware Update

Icom has Released a new firmware update for the IC9100 radio overnight. IC-9100 Firmware Rev. E2 is now downloadable form the Icom Japan website. It is a stand alone .exe file that will install the E2 firmware update. IC9100 E2 Firmware link The new firmware corrects a number of Issue and offers improvements to the…

HoldMyPhone No Drill Mounts

We recently got a new car, and with this came the old issue of “where to mount radios” One of the forums i read, pointed me to this neat and nifty “no holes” holder system from HoldmyPhone The system uses brackets specifically designed to click on vents and dashes for a range of cars without…