Using Older Radios

Scope

This guide applies to radios that are not in the core supported radios.

Considerations

Older radios may have several limitations:

  • Lack waterfall data
    • wfview gets waterfall data from the rig, so if your rig doesn’t have it, or doesn’t provide it over CI-V (IC-7700, IC-7600), then this part of the interface will be blank
  • Difficult physical connection constraints
    • May need a DIY level converter circuit
    • May need a custom audio interface
    • Some rigs have integrated USB, and this is generally preferred.
  • May require manual baud rate assignment in wfview
  • May require manual CI-V address assignment in wfview
  • May not answer our rig ID broadcast (discovery) request (Ic-706 and older)
    • You can manually assign the CI-V address in the Settings tab.
  • May have unusual metering scale
  • May lack PTT command (IC-780, IC-736, IC-718, IC-706)
  • May use non-standard frequency format (IC-713, currently not supported)

Despite these limitations, if you are willing to do some work, you can operate your rig remotely using wfview for the CI-V data and the audio.

Setup

First, it will be wise to launch wfview and set some basic settings:

  • Set the serial port to the correct port for the radio.
  • Set the baud rate to the highest baud rate the radio reliably works under
  • Manually enter the CI-V address of the radio. For example, for the IC-7100, the default CI-V address is “88”. Some radios don’t require this step, in particular newer radios from the past two decades. But it doesn’t hurt if you know the CI-V address to just put it in.

Now press “Save Settings”, and quit wfview. Currently, the serial and CIV settings are not used until you save settings, quit wfview, and start it again.

On the radio, the recommended settings, when available, are:

  • CI-V Echo: off
  • CI-V baud rate: maximum supported
  • CI-V Transceive: ON
  • CI-V address: Use the default value (and note it)

Once these parameters are set, launch wfview. Verify that, for supported radios, the bottom-right corner lists the model number (or Rig ID) and not “NONE”.

If you wish to serve the radio’s control and audio over the network, please see the Remote Operation guide.

Supported Radios and Features

The following table shows radios the wfview team is often asked about. While we would like to support all these radios, we have to target the areas of highest success, which is generally radios that have a USB connection and have a PTT command. If you want to get your radio supported, send it to us and we’ll get it done in 2-3 weeks and send it back. Alternatively, let us know what radio you’d like to help test. We may be able to add better support if we can get good data from your testing.

In the table below, “wfview coded” means that there is code to support the radio within wfview. This means you can expect frequency, mode, s-meter, and where available, PTT and filter selection, to work. Some radios may have additional features supported such as input selection or filter tuning. For a radio like the 706, for example, only the minimum commands will function (frequency and mode and s-meter).

“wfview support candidate” means that there is enough code for this radio (or enough desire for it) that we are actively working towards supporting it.

Any radio with even the most minimum code currently written should work with the wfview built-in rig server for CI-V control and audio.

ModelUSB AudioPTT CommandFull-Duplex CI-VS-MeterWaterfallwfview codedwfview support candidate
IC-703NoYesNoYesNoNoNo
IC-706NoNoNoYesNoYesNo
IC-718NoNoNoYesNoNoNo
IC-736/737/738NoNoNoYesNoNoNo
IC-746NoYesNoYesNoNoNo
IC-746 ProNoYesNoYesNoNoNo
IC-756NoNoNoYesNoNoNo
IC-756 ProNoYesNoYesNoYesNo
IC-756 Pro IINoYesNoYesNoNoNo
IC-756 Pro IIINoYesNoYesNoYesNo
IC-780/781NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
IC-910HNoNoNoYesNoYesNo
IC-7000NoYesNoYesNoYesYes
IC-7100YesYesNoYesNoYesYes
IC-7200YesYesNoYesNoYesYes
IC-7400YesYesNoYesNoNoYes
IC-7410YesYesYesYesNoYesYes
IC-9100YesYesNoYesNoNoYes