I’ve added an Icom IC-910H to my ham shack. My big interest is in adding 2 meters and 70 cm for weak signal work, although I’m also interested in trying my hand at some satellite communication.
I had looked seriously at the IC-9100, but realized it would serve better as a replacement for the K3 that’s already in my shack, since it covers HF and 6 meters as well as 2/70. I also looked at adding the 2 meter internal transverter to the K3, but then that would require an external amplifier as well. In the end, I settled on this superb radio with just the right footprint to fit into my shack. I watched eBay and was able to purchase a reasonably priced unit.
Fortunately, I found a used Astron RS-35A power supply at HamCom. That matches the power supply I’m using for the K3. The next trick was connecting the rig to the computer. Icom has an RS-232 interface for about $125 but I was able to find at FTDI USB cable on eBay for around $25. It works well with N1MM+ and with Ham Radio Deluxe.
I set up N1MM+ as SO2R and used the Winkeyer USB to key both radios. I works pretty well. My next requirement is to interface audio for JT-65 and FSK-441. That’s going to be a bit more challenging as I’m using the same computer audio for the K3.
To make room for all this I added a full length shelf over the bench. This allowed placing the IC-910H and rotator control on the desktop on either side of the K3/P3. Then I extended the LED light strip over the full four feet of shelving. You can see the full set up in the gallery below.
I’ve been able to work a few contacts in the CQ WW VHF and in the ARRL UHF contests. My next post will talk about the Par Electronics Omniangle antennas I’m using. I will also be adding some WA5VJB cheap yagis to my push-up mast.