I recently purchased an ICOM
m710 also and want to use it on marine
and ham bands, so I am about to enter this fray. I am an oldtime software/firmware/hardware guy and don't see any problem running an old DOS program under command-line XP, but most likely there will be problems in using the USB-to-serial adapters required with newer computers
which have no real serial port. In my last job we built serial communications
channels into our products to enable computer control and provide firmware updating, which always worked fine with real serial ports but would fail with most new USB-serial adapters. The problem is most of these adapters are intended for large block-mode transfers and won't work off-the-shelf with devices using short send/receive command sentences. The only ones I got to work were those using FTDI chipsets and the FTDI driver (FTDI Chip Home Page
), and even then, if I remember right, we had to tweak various parameters in the FTDI driver properties. Only the FTDI driver allowed us to set the parameters we needed for reliable short-block send/receive communications
. When I get to it, or if you prod me sooner, I'll try to dig up the specific settings we used to make things work.