The new IC-705 has many functions. One of them is D-Star terminal mode (TM).¬†Icom presents TM in two flavours: internal and external. Internal TM uses the WLAN connection and connects directly to the internet, no additional hardware required. However, you have to configure a TM capable reflector in settings. So changing reflector means changing settings. What is needed here is some TM “proxy”, that handles all connections and routes them to the different reflectors, based on D-Star linking commands. In addition, this proxy should implement some form of heartbeat so that the incoming UDP port on your router remains open, even when there is noRead More →

I decided to stop trying to use two different computers (one Win10 PC for amateur radio and one Mac Mini) more or less at the same time, switching back and forth keyboard and screen. So I upgraded my Parallels to version 15 (at reduced price..), installed Win10 on the Mac Mini and started to transfer the different amateur radio programs to the new Win10 virtual machine. Running WSJT-X on Win10 in Parallels works, but I noticed dropouts on transmit. No issues on receive, only transmit. Audio is all about timing, and generating the WSJT-X audio requires proper timing, something that a virtual machine will struggleRead More →

I have both the IC-9700 and IC-7300 Icom transceiver connected to my Win10 PC. Looking at device manager or your amateur radio software setup, it would be nice to know which is which. The serial ports of these Icom radios have model and serial number embedded in the “serial” field of the USB device properties. On Windows, this information is used to keep the device assigned to the same COM port all the time. Unfortunately, the audio devices are all called “<some number>- USB Audio CODEC”. So “2- USB Audio CODEC” references my IC-7300 and “3- USB Audio CODEC” my IC-9700. This is not somethingRead More →

“Verbannen” is a dutch verb and means “to ban”. As in Napoleon being send to St. Helena. To ban in the context of gaming is being blocked out. With the rise of Facebook and the like, you can even be locked out of groups and communities. But to ban also has a meaning in context of IT security. For example, your account might get blocked after too many failed password attempts. This requires processes to unlock and restore access. One way to avoid this, is to automatically restore access after a certain amount of time. Napoleon was banned until his dead, 6 years later… ItRead More →