"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
After many years absence I decided to get another HF rig of some sorts. The Yaesu
FRG7700 had long since expired. I was ripped off by a local company who charged me
nearly £100 to fix it (but that's another story). I noticed in RADCOM a few companies
were doing a good deal on the ICOM IC-718 so I decided to go for it. Martin Lynch
were also bundling this with a MyDel 12 volt power supply so got the lot.
The new Icom doesn't seem as sensitive as the old Yaesu but perhaps it's just that
the HF bands are quieter these days. I wanted to use some method of controlling the
new rig. I saw a presentation on Youtube by Martin Lynch for the CG Antenna SB-2000
interface which looked quite good. With the box you need to purchase a cable set
for your particular setup. I ordered the lot from LAM Communications and installed
it quite quickly. The only problems I had were the interface not connecting with
the ICOM although this may be a driver issue. The PC is an IBM ThinkCentre bought
cheaply from an online auction site.
With the SB-2000 comes a driver CD. This as well as the W2k/XP driver contains some
Morse / logging programs - some of which are Visual Basic and not very good. During
a routine Virus scan of this, I found a TR/Dip/e.w3l1 trojan in the file vhf32v356.exe
so immediately deleted the file and re burnt a new CD.
Control of the Transceiver is done via Ham Radio Deluxe. (I get the usual “Secure
Connection Failed” message now so can’t check.). Rumour has it that they are now
charging for this software. Some time ago I downloaded version 4.1 but had problems.
Version 5 ran but DM780 would not work on the IBM. I finally loaded 4.0 SP1 and this
ran with no problems.