Icom IC-7300 WSJT/FT8 Setup (Easy and Simple)

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  1. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Got a Icom IC-7300 you want to use on digital? I will show you exactly how to setup your Icom IC-7300 for use with WSJT-X and other digital modes such as FT8.
    These are my settings on my radio that work perfectly for WSJT-X.

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  2. W8IJC

    W8IJC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great video, I really need an IC-7300.

    73 de W8IJC
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  3. K9GLS

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    No dog in the fight but doesn't the new 1.4 firmware have a preset for FT8?
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  4. KD9VV

    KD9VV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wish I saw this video 3 years ago. It took me 2 days to work it all out back then but finally got it. LOL

    Just a hint once you all get it running properly..I took screen shots of all my Win 10 settings and Screen Captures of the IC 7300; saved them AND printed them out.
    I don't want to go thru the hair pulling again.
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  5. WA2SEA

    WA2SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes the ic7300 1.4 firmware is current and does have the preset for ft8. Works just fine.
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  6. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes it does, I haven’t updated my firmware yet to the newest, and this applies to everyone running old firmware too.
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  7. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    very good tip about taking screenshots/backup
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  8. K9GLS

    K9GLS Guest

    Also if you're not using the current firmware just save your configuration on the 7300 to the SD Card (that's in the manual) and then save the %LOCALAPPDATA%\WSJT-X\WSJT-X.ini file on your computer to save the settings of WSJT x. Less time consuming.
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  9. DO9KW

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    Great video but you just forgot to mention some of the most important settings of the IC-7300 for properly operating digital modes.
    1. The filter settings of the IC-7300:
    Normally you have to set the radio to the broadest RX filter to receive as much as possible because everything else is controlled by the digimode programme.
    On the IC-7300 it is FIL1 with 3.60k BW and Sharp Filter.
    you can change the values by long pressing the FIL symbol on the "home screen" and then adjust the values.

    Also the transmit BW should be set to the broadest bandwith possible.
    You can do this by clicking menu - set - Tone Control/TBW - TX
    Here you can choose SSB-D and set the TBW from 100-2900

    Then it is very important that P.AMP, IP+, NB, NR, Notch Filter and the AGC gets deactivated because as mentioned before: It is all handled by the programme on your computer.
    You can disable the AGC by going to Function - hold AGC - click on FAST and turn the big dial knob to the left until it is OFF.

    In addition when transmitting your AGC should not come up, you can control that by setting the meter menu when operating in digimodes (menu - Meter).
    The ALC (bar on the top) should not come up but that is described at the end of the video.

    And another small "pro tip" that your microphone will not get deactivated after some time:
    Open the Audio Settings under windows and when you open the microphone (USB Audio Codec) on the second tab there is a setting like "disable while on battery" or "disable when not in use"
    - please change that setting to "use also in battery mode" or something like that.

    This are also very important steps for much better performance

    Stefan - DO9KW
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  10. BD4QDP

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  11. W8RES

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    TIP....How to make band and mode changes an easy process with all of your settings preset for you...

    After you get your digital settings all set the way you want it then save these settings to the SD card and give the file you save a unique name with "Digital" in it.
    Then go back and set the 7300 to the specific settings you need for phone use and save your settings to the SD card with a unique name with "SSB" in it.
    Then go back and set the 7300 to the specific settings you need for CW use and save your settings to the SD card with a unique name with "CW" in it.
    The when you want to change from one mode to another you just need to load the appropriate file titled Digital, SSB, or CW from the SD card and you are ready to go.

    Specific settings mentioned above includes filters, noise reduction, power out, frequency, waterfall settings, connectors and levels etc.
    Each of these files now contain all of your settings on the 7300.
    Since that includes the frequency and band setting when the file was saved then when I load the SSB file
    my 7300 is tuned to a favorite net frequency or for CW my favorite CW location on a specific band.

    If later you find you are always tweaking one of these settings to a new preference then just simply re-save the file and that setting will be pre-tweaked for you each time you load it.

    Hope you find this useful.
    Bob - W8RES
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  12. KC2YTD

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  13. K3SZ

    K3SZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here you go:
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  14. KD9VV

    KD9VV Ham Member QRZ Page

    True, but it won't save the settings of your computer (op system), which BTW is where most people struggle with proper settings. Sure, you can copy the ini file; and when the computer crashes?...If I believed in paper less only, I would be a fool.
    Ask your bank if they trust all financial info to computers only? LOL

    ALC as just one example is not controlled by the rig in digital modes but rather the sound level settings in ones computer.
    RCV levels are another animal all together for proper decodes.
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  15. K9GLS

    K9GLS Guest

    You're exactly right which is why I say to save your 7300 configuration and then the .ini file on your computer which is the computer settings. The manual which too many people over look show you several files you want to back up along with your 7300 configuration. If your computer crashes pretty simply to reinstall your software and then copy those saved files to their location and you're back instantly. OH and don't keep the ini files and such backed up on your computer.
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