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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.