Frequently Asked Questions
IC-7300 USB Setup
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NOTE: All page numbers referred to in this document are from the IC-7300 FULL manual PDF file contained on the CD that came with your radio. This manual can also be downloaded from the following link. To download the manual, copy and paste the link below into the address bar of your favorite web browser.
To connect the IC-7300 to your computer and HRD using the USB cable requires installing a USB Virtual Com Port driver which can be downloaded from the Icom website. The driver and installation instructions can be downloaded from the following link. The file your looking for is used by several Icom radios, so read carefully and be certain you select the file name: USB Driver(Ver.1.20), Driver Utility and manuals dated 2013/08/01. Once you have downloaded the driver, read the installation manual and carefully follow the instructions for the installation of the driver prior to installing and connecting the USB cable between the radio and the computer.
Once the driver is installed on your computer, connect the USB cable to USB (B) on the back of the radio. USB (B) is located on the lower right side of the radio when viewing the radio from the back. The other end of the USB cable goes to a USB Port on the computer. Once you have determined which Com Port/Ports are used by the IC-7300, make a note of the port number and proceed to Step#2.
There are several menu items in the radio which must be set correctly in order for HRD to communicate with the radio once connected to the computer. If you are not familiar with setting the menu options in your radio, you will need to read Section 12 Set Mode of the IC-7300 FULL manual PDF. This begins on Page 12-1.
Check and adjust the following menu items as follows.
DATA OFF Mod: Default is MIC,ACC Leave this set to default setting
DATA Mod: Default is ACC Set to USB
CI-V Baud: Default is AUTO Set to 9600
CI-V Transceive: Default is ON Set to OFF
CI-V USB Baud Rate: Default is AUTO Set to 9600
CI-V USB Echo Back: Default is OFF Set to ON
USB Send: Set to RTS
Once the above menu items have been set and saved, exit the menu mode and set the radio to operate on VFO-A and the mode to Upper Side Band (USB).
NOTE: If you are a first time user of the Ham Radio Deluxe software, PLEASE download and READ the HRD QUICK START GUIDE. This is a 45 page manual with ONLY the most basic instructions for setting up and configuring the main parts of the HRD software package just to get the software up and running properly. You can download the HRD Quick Start Guide from the download page of the www.hrdsoftwarellc.com website.
If you have not already done so, download and install the current version of Ham Radio Deluxe. You can download the most recent version by going to the www.hrdsoftwarellc.com website and navigating to the “Downloads” page, or copy and paste the following link into your favorite web browser to immediately begin the download of the current release. Http://hrdsoftwarellc.com/setup.exe
Once you have installed the HRD software and activated it you will see the Rig Connection screen. On the Rig Connection Screen select the “NEW” tab and enter the following information from the dropdown boxes provided.
1. COMPANY: Icom
2. RADIO: IC-7300
3. COM PORT: If you’re not sure of the Com Port, use “Auto-Detect”
4. SPEED: 9600
5. CI-V Add: This item will be automatically selected to the default setting.
6. In the “Flow Control/Interface Power” check boxes, place a check in the “RTS” box only.
7. Double check the SPEED setting because if you changed the Flow Control setting the speed will change.
If this is your first time using the HRD software and are not all that familiar with the software, make sure there are NO other check-marks in ANY of the boxes in the lower portion of the Rig Connection Setup screen. We are only interested in getting the IC-7300 connected to the Rig Control module of the HRD software at this time.
Once you have double-checked all of your settings in the Rig Connect Screen, click the “CONNECT” button to start the connection process. If you have selected the “Auto-Detect” option for the COM Port and/or SPEED selections, you will see activity scrolling by in the “Status” window. HRD is checking each available Com Port at each port speed until it finds the correct combination to connect to your IC-7300.
If HRD fails to connect to the radio and you are sure you checked the menu items in the radio to be sure they are set correctly and your sure you have configured things in the Rig Connect screen and still receive a failure to connect, please, don’t hesitate to contact the HRD Support team by entering a support ticket at http://tickets.hrdsoftwarellc.com.