The G3NRW IC-7300 Resources Page ……………..

*******     Created 25 November 2017


A very big welcome to the IC-7300 Resources Page! This is the first time that the Resources Page has appeared in public, so a few introductions are required.

First, my name is Ian Wade, with the callsign G3NRW (easy to remember: george three nice red wine). I live about 35 miles north of London, UK, and have been licensed since September 1959. The 58 years since then have seen seismic changes in the world of ham radio, ranging from cannibalizing ex-WW-II equipment to get onto top band, through the space age to software-defined radio today. A fascinating, all-absorbing voyage of adventure!
I first became involved with SDR radio several years ago, with the appearance of the SoftRock receivers. I was hooked, and couldn’t imagine staying with “legacy” radios for much longer. This led to my buying an IC-7300 in July 2016. But what a disappointment! Compared with my easy-to-program Kenwood TS-590 and an SDR-IQ running Simon Brown’s superb SDR Console software, the IC-7300 seemed a “closed” system. Also, its tiny display was no match for SDR Console on a wide-screen monitor. And the absence of a front-panel button to output a continuous 10-watt tuning signal was the unforgiveable final straw! Seven months later the IC-7300 was gone.
However, I kept a close eye on the IC-7300 Yahoo groups, and began to wonder if I had really given the IC-7300 a fair crack of the whip. New user-written software was appearing, documentation was improving, and reasons behind the seemingly “strange” hardware quirks began to sink home. Result: I now have another IC-7300.
This time I resolved to spend much more time in really getting to know the rig. I browsed the internet for all the information on the rig I could find, but soon found it was scattered all over the place. This led to the construction of this IC-7300 Resources Page.


The IC-7300 Resources Page

The basic intent of the IC-7300 Resources Page is to act as a single focal point for all information to do with the IC-7300. Newcomers to the rig should find this particularly useful and convenient.
Note that no original documents are stored anywhere on the Resources Page. Instead, all table entries are URLs pointing to the documents themselves. This ensures that whenever the document owners modify the document content, you will always find the up-to-date versions.
Note also I am very aware there are several sites covering the IC-7300 that have been long established, and which many people refer to. Probably the most well-known of these are the sites created by Adam Farson, VA7OJ/AB4OJ. I fully acknowledge the existence of these sites, and have absolutely no intention of duplicating or superseding them, or “stealing their thunder”!
Next,  you may wonder why this site is called a Resources “Page” (singular), when the site actually comprises many pages. This goes back to previous sites I have built covering several rigs and test equipment, at a time when I had no experience of building “proper” websites.
Instead, each site was lovingly carved out in raw html in a single page using a plain text editor! Inevitably the pages eventually became so large and unmanageable that I finally bit the bullet by learning WordPress. First candidate was the TS-590 Family Resources Page, which I broke down into many separate pages with  much better site navigation. However, because it was based on the original single “Page”, the name has stuck. This IC-7300 Resources Page is closely modeled on the TS-590 Page.


A quick tour of the sections in the G3NRW IC-7300 Resources Page

DOCUMENTATION This consists of several listings of Icom and Icom-related documentation:
  • Introductory Documentation
  • Technical Documentation: Links to the IC-7300 Basic Manual, Full Manual, Service Manual etc
  • RS-BA1 Remote Control Software Documentation
  • IC-7300 Reviews
  • Other Documentation Sources
SOFTWARE URLs of Icom software.
FIRMWARE  Details of the current IC-7300 firmware release, plus older versions that are still available from Icom.
HOWTOs  A selection of user-written HOWTOs on various topics.
TECHNOTES  A selection of user-written technical support files, and a table for general Technical Reference Books.
USEFUL TOOLS  This is a large collection of software utilities that you will find useful when connecting the IC-7300 to a Windows PC. They include serial port monitors, serial port emulators, Windows latency monitor, hex editor, audio cable emulator and much else besides.
OTHER SOFTWARE A listing of application management and control software packages (DXLab, Ham Radio deLuxe, WCS software from RT Systems etc), plus a much longer listing of well-known digital communications apps that you can run with the IC-7300 (fldigi, WSJT-X, WSPR and about 30 more).
OTHER HARDWARE  This section contains links to non-Icom hardware that is either produced specifically for the IC-7300 or which supports several rigs including the IC-7300.
VIDEOS  This is the “big daddy” section of the IC-7300 Resources Page, consisting of more than 80 (mostly) YouTube videos covering all aspects of setting up and using the IC-7300. For convenience the videos are grouped as follows:
  • Introduction to the IC-7300
  • IC-7300 Hints and Tips
  • Spectrum Scope
  • External Display Software
  • Digital Setup
  • Digital Modes: General
  • Digital Packages: General
  • Digital Packages: IC-7300-Specific
Some of the videos are only a few minutes in duration, but very effective in illustrating points of detail that no amount of reading the printed user manuals can match.
MISCELLANEOUS  Three topics are covered here:
  • Signal Monitoring: a miscellaneous collection of links to sites where you can arrange skeds, monitor your own signals and provide signal reports to others
  • IC-7300 Yahoo Groups
  • Contact Icom
FEEDBACK  The place where you can submit feedback to the IC-7300 Resources Page owner.
MORE G3NRW SITES  A listing of other sites created by G3NRW.


What happens next?

Since this is the very first release of the G3NRW IC-7300 Resources Page, I know there is scope for adding many more entries to each section. So if you think more items should be included, please let me know. Also, don’t be shy if you want me to include your own contributions as well! Just email me the details.
And, of course, please let me know if you find any errors on the site, and I welcome any suggestions for improvement.
Ian, G3NRW