IC-208H switch to programming mode

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by YS1MS, Sep 1, 2018.

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  1. YS1MS

    YS1MS Ham Member QRZ Page

    How do I change the ICOM IC-208H to the programming mode so that I can use software to program it? Haven't found this info anywhere. Tnx & 73 de YS1MS/KD2GXZ
  2. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page


    I found this in the IC-208H manual for cloning. This looks like the keypresses needed to send data from the radio into a computer, just like you would send data from one radio to another.


    It looks like you turn the radio on while pressing the M/CALL-PRIO button. When the computer is ready, then press the SET-LOCK button to send the data into the computer or other radio.

    Reading this, it looks like you may not need to do anything if you are sending data to the radio, as long as the programming cable is connected to the radio and computer.

    You can get PDF manuals for current and older Icom radios from:


    Buen fin de semana, amigo, y 73!!
  3. KS2G

    KS2G Subscriber QRZ Page

    What programming software and connecting cable are you trying to use?

    If you use Icom's OPC-478U USB-cable and CS-208 programming software you don't have to do anything.

    Just plug the cable into the external speaker jack on the radio and into a USB connector on your computer, turn on the radio, start the CS-208 program and select the appropriate COM port number. The program will recognize and connect to the radio automatically.

    NOTE: The OPC-478U cable uses an older Prolific chip set, and will not work with Windows 10

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