Never trust IT. Why, well just read (carefully) any software vendors disclaimer. Image Daimler would have you sign such a disclaimer when you are handed the keys of your new car. So when operating a remote amateur radio station (400 km away), you have to assume that something can or will fail, especially since you are radiating HF energy. In my case, due to a PC lock up, the 13,8V power supply and my IC-7300 transceiver were forced to remain switched on for 14 days (times 24 hours). Luckily the IC-7300 has a screen saver… So what’s your plan B when your PC or networkRead More →

Note: This post applies to RS-BA1 version 1.93. In version 1.94 (introduced on 30 aug 2017) the typos are corrected, the drop-down menu at the top is removed and a number of wizards are added to assist with configuration. The Icom RS-BA1 software is being discussed a lot. Some claim that it is totally crap. Others happily use it. I’ve tested the software with my IC-7300 and concluded that it works fine. Actually it works so much better than I expected. Even more, I can remote control my TS-2000 with it as well. So why these diverse opinions? My guess is that there is little knowledgeRead More →

Driver Install. The SiLabs CP210x USB to UART (Serial Port) bridge chip inside the IC-7300 needs a driver. This driver is automatically installed when on Win8.1 or Win10. No need to install the Icom supplied driver. The Audio CODEC inside the IC-7300 does not requires a separate driver install. It is so-called class-compliant. There is nothing Icom specific in the USB part of the IC-7300. Actually, when you analyze the schematics, you’ll see that the build-in interface does not differ from most external interfaces: the decoded analog audio is actually converted to digital again in the USB Audio CODEC. From a practical point of view,Read More →

OSX makes me happy. A professional desktop with Unix under the hood. Too bad Linux never made it to that level and is still stuck on X11. Unfortunately, our current IT world requires you to be able to run Windows applications. Be it your Tax program, or your favorite Amateur Radio logbook. You can use Wine, and many applications run under Wine. But what does that mean, run under Wine? Does everything work? That requires you to test every functionality of an application. I thought that when the main stuff works, the rest also works. Wrong. My favorite logbook program works 99% under Wine, onlyRead More →