OK, one week ago I started getting on the air with JT-65A using JT-65HF software. Addictive(!!! )!!! My setup: Icom-7000 running between 5W and 60W, depending... SingaLink USB JT-65HF software "Horse Fence" style wide BW dipole up 20 feet. I've read that it is best to turn ALC down, or even just turn ALC OFF, if you can. The software instructions say it isn't "mandatory" but just preferred... as I understand the instructions. I've read the Icom-7000 manual cover to cover. Searched Internet forums and did my best Google-Fu to date, but I can't seem to find out how to turn ALC off on the Icom-7000. Turning down the mic gain to keep the ALC tamed and in the "ALC ZONE" is the best that I can find. I have my mic gain set at 40%. This morning I had a short JT-65A QSO (that's a joke... they are ALL short into Bullhead City, AZ. K6YWJ told me to turn off my ALC. He repeated this a few times and that is not easy and takes time on JT-65. I appreciate his effort getting this info to me real-time, from a real QSO. I am not sure what the negative effect it is he sees at his end, but some badness is apparently there. So, to any Icom-7000 users of JT-65A on HF... any idea on how to turn off the ALC on the Icom-7000, or am I worrying about nothing??? Thanks in advance for any help y'all can provide.