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Old 12-01-2014, 16:50   #46
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Rebecca, you need an OPC-552 programming cable (RS-232 to mono pin...note: a USB cable or USB-RS232 emulation will NOT work). I purchased this via eBay.

The RS232 port on the back of the base unit is for remote control NOT for changing the radio configuration. The "cloning port" is used for programming. It is a mono pin not an RS232 port. It is shown on the attached diagram (#4).
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Old 13-01-2014, 00:00   #47
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Re: Icom 710RT Cloning / Programming Software

OK - I see that there are 3 places for communicating on the 710RT

1. REMOTE on the back of the big box ( tranceiver)
2. RS-232 on the FRONT Of the big box ( tranceiver)
3. Clone jack - like a 3.5mm stereo jack

#1 (labelled REMOTE on back) currently leads to my working Pactor modem.
#2 RS-232 on front is unused
#3 is unused

The OPC-552 programming cable would go in to #3
The pactor modem goes in to Remote
WHAT GOES IN TO THE RS-232 labelled port on the front? It says in the Icom710RT users manual that you use the icom programming software in this...but that is contrary to everything else I read. See attached page. If you can use a normal RS232 Cable or a Null modem cable...life sure would be easy - but that is perhaps wrong in the manual? If I ha a regular RS232 cable I would simply try it out, but I don't have one and the nearest one is 2000 miles away in Hawaii. ( I am in FSM - Pohnpei)

Thanks - would be great to know what that plus is really meant for if anything...

Rebecca
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Old 28-05-2014, 07:55   #48
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Re: Icom 710RT Cloning / Programming Software

Post I made on the Yahoo ICOM 710 group which is relevant here. Specifics of cable and how connected included:

Chris,

Replied earlier, but apparently it did not post.

As posted, you need EX2144. It uses direct UART access so it must be run on a native MS-DOS machine (not the DOS command shell running under Windows). The machine must also have a physical serial port (USB emulation will not work).

Note that EX2144/1726 may run under the MS-DOS shell, but they wont be able to communicate with the radio because they can't do direct UART access from there.

Terminology: this is not cloning, it is "programming", so the process is different.

My notes on doing this attached. These are based upon having actually done it.

Note that the cable you need is an OPC-552 programming cable. It is a DB9 to male mono pin cable. It connects to the cloning port on the rear of the tranceiver.

Be sure and read the instructions that are normally bundled with EX2144. If you don't have them, I can upload/post.

Good luck. Please post your results.
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Old 31-05-2014, 17:09   #49
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OK - I see that there are 3 places for communicating on the 710RT

1. REMOTE on the back of the big box ( tranceiver)
2. RS-232 on the FRONT Of the big box ( tranceiver)
3. Clone jack - like a 3.5mm stereo jack

#1 (labelled REMOTE on back) currently leads to my working Pactor modem.
#2 RS-232 on front is unused
#3 is unused

The OPC-552 programming cable would go in to #3
The pactor modem goes in to Remote
WHAT GOES IN TO THE RS-232 labelled port on the front? It says in the Icom710RT users manual that you use the icom programming software in this...but that is contrary to everything else I read. See attached page. If you can use a normal RS232 Cable or a Null modem cable...life sure would be easy - but that is perhaps wrong in the manual? If I ha a regular RS232 cable I would simply try it out, but I don't have one and the nearest one is 2000 miles away in Hawaii. ( I am in FSM - Pohnpei)

Thanks - would be great to know what that plus is really meant for if anything...

Rebecca
Rebecca,

EX2144 uses the OPC-552 cable (DB9 to mono pin) and it is plugged into the clone jack.
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Old 31-05-2014, 17:16   #50
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Re: Icom 710RT Cloning / Programming Software

From discussion on the Yahoo ICOM 710 group, learned that there is now a DOS emulator called "DosBox " which will work with EX2144. It was developed to play old DOS based computer games, but is a very good emulation so will work for this too.

This eliminates the need to track down an old machine with a physical serial port and load native MSDOS on it.

------- post from Yahoo 710 Group ------

Cool, installed DosBox on my old laptop running XP using a Prolific USB-serial adaptor, ...and now have EX2144 up and working with my 710RT!

Much more convenient option than finding an old PC. I don't need to make any changes right now, but sure will be handy when I do.

You will need to modify the Dosbox.conf file to enable the appropriate serial port. EX2144 only supports COM1 & COM2, but you can map these to other port numbers in the Dosbox.conf file. The DosBox wiki explains the commands needed (see "serial1" and "serial2" ).

Thanks Terry for posting info on DosBox.
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Re: Icom 710RT Cloning / Programming Software

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After much effort to find the correct components I was finally successful in setting my ICOM 710RT to allow programming of user memory channels (what a lame idea to disable in the first place). Hopefully my experience will save others some time and trouble.

Here is what you need:

EX-2144 Software (available from users on this forum or contact me). Note: this is the ONLY piece of software that will allow you to change this operating parameter on the ICOM 710-RT (no need to waste your time attempting to do this with other software). Note: you may find this software listed on bit-torrent and similar feeds -- these are, as suspected by another forum member, fraudulent.

OPC-552 programming cable (RS-232 to mono pin...note: a USB cable or USB-RS232 emulation will NOT work). I purchased this via eBay.

Computer: This is hardest item to find. Must be a machine with a physical RS-232 port (not many around anymore, but some commercial units still have them for control purposes). As noted, USB to RS232 emulation will not work. This machine must also be running native MS-DOS -- Windows emulated DOS (running "command" or "cmd") will not work. I used ISO disk burner software to create an MS-DOS 5.0 boot disk which also contained a copy of EX-2144.

Once all of these components are acquired the process of changing the configuration is quick and easy -- sure makes this rig much more convenient to use.

Be happy to provide more details to anyone who needs it.
Could you send me any and all information on programming the ICOM IC-M710RT including the ex2144 files?

Thank you,
Chris
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Old 01-06-2014, 18:01   #52
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Re: Icom 710RT Cloning / Programming Software

Sure. PM me your email. Can't attach executables here.

Also, join the ICOM 710 Yahoo Group. Good info and files there (I think EX2144 is available there too).

See my recent post about DOSBOX. Makes this way easier than scrounging up an old machine.
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