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NEW There are some good programs on the net for controlling Icom radios but I just wanted something to monitor a band for openings.
NEW There are some good programs on the net for controlling Icom radios but I just wanted something to monitor a band for openings. My 746Pro does have a scope function but you have to keep an eye on it. The solution was to make a program that would reduce itself in size after setup to an "always on top" program that would allow me to continue working on other things on the computer. The pictures below show the actual size with the option of a Scope or Bar graph display. The program is designed for a homebrew interface requiring the RTS to be on to supply power. Icom Civ owners can request a version with the RTS turned off.
The program may be obtained free from Degen Antenna Designs HERE
This should work on most Icom radios but has only been tested on a 746Pro. Please inform me of your results and any bugs.
While designing and testing new antenna designs, it became evident that an accurate method to measure the antenna was required. Professional Field Strength Meters can run $3000 or more and professional software was also expensive. Several shareware programs on the net are available but use the radios computer interface to measure s-units which is not accurate or even use the audio volume which may be fine for SSB and AM but not usable on FM. My software uses an A/D convertor and can be connected to a receivers s-meter or better to the squelch test point or directly to a Field Strength Meter (BEST). It will accept voltage inputs from - 10 to + 10 volts. The trace on the picture (3/4 actual size) is of the received signal of the NOAA17 weather satellite taken from the squelch of a Hamtronics R139 Weather Fax Receiver. The full 360 degree sweep represents a horizon to horizon signal. THIS IS the only software that I distribute as shareware. It may work on homebrew A/D convertors and some commercial brands but was designed to be used with the DATAQ convertor priced at $24.95 USD and available from their website. The trialware has a 14 day limit so it would be best to have the convertor first. You can download the trialware HERE
System Requirements:No special requirements.
Program Release Status: New Release
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall