Re: Do our comments affect the design of the IC7000 ?

jdow <jdow@...>

All these wish lists sound more like "7800 Mk II G" rather than 7000.

Allowing bandscope data to feed over the Ethernet remote control
interface is something I forgot to mention. (And I admit I am
treading on 7800B or MkII or whatnot territory.)

Reports back to the radio via Ethernet can and should be unpolled.
Ethernet handles collision details nicely. That gets rid of many
of the uglies of the CI-V interface;. I'd add to your 1A memory
reports request the implicit request that they be "complete". Any
memory should memorise the entire control state of the radio at the
time and restore it on call back. That complete status should be
part of the remote control memory status report. (And a poll to
request "radio status" should exist if the "push" mode from radio
to remote controller is not desired.)

(Ethernet remote control begs another question, TCP or UDP. I'd LOVE
to natter with the engineers designing it over just this issue. I
have some nice practical experience, some of which was painful to gain.)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ralf Reiterer" <>

Since many guys have already placed their wishes for the IC-7000 (or
probably for MKII or later), I will add mine below:

My focus will be more on the interoperability features between the
IC-7000 and the computer since most other desires have already been
written by other people. OK, here they are:

* implement a sophisticated CI-V command set that allows (almost) all
functions to be controlled from the computer. As that is the case for
most modern radios like the PROIII and therefore nothing new has to be
invented, that should not a real problem. Just "copy and paste" the
PROIII's firmware code, Icom! ;-)

* document all extended commands like the extended memory read/write 1A
00, so that it is easily usable.

* allow bandscope samples to be read from the computer. The AOR
AR-8200/8600 provides a simliar feature, so it should be possible,
although the bandwidth of the serial cable is limited.

* support special characters like �,�,�,�,�,�,� etc. in memory names. In
Europe almost any language needs them. Icom, take a look the characters
in Windows 1252 and 1250 character set.

* report ALL changes made directly on the radio back to the computer -
currently only frequency and mode changes are reported.

* I vote for keeping the CI-V 3.5mm jack since every Icom radio has it
and therefore allows to operate them all via one bus line.

* But I also welcome an USB or ethernet jack. Ethernet would be better
since it is almost as easy to use as the serial line. USB is a bit
tricky if it is a real USB jack and not a "serial line wrapped into an
USB line" as it is the case for the IC-R20.

I think that's it for the moment. ;-)

Ralf, OE5ROP

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