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Reviews Categories | Ham Software - Other than logging | N4PY ICOM Control Program Help

Reviews Summary for N4PY ICOM Control Program
N4PY ICOM Control Program Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $65
Description: Computer Control Program for 13 ICOM Radios
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NU5D Rating: 5/5 Nov 15, 2006 17:29 Send this review to a friend
N4PY Software for Icom  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used N4PY control software for both my Pro II (now upgraded to IC7800) and TS2000 for over a year. Carl sends periodic updates, and although I am not a heavy user, have had no issues with setup or operation. Steve NU5D
KC2QIH Rating: 2/5 Nov 15, 2006 11:06 Send this review to a friend
Why pay when there is much better for free  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I will make this real short. Ham Radio Deluxe is by far a superior software product in all areas; interface, features, design and programming skill. N4PY can not even recognize when you press a button or make a change on your rig. You must re-initialize the software or it will not know that you made any changes. In other words, it only sends commands but can not recognize when you use your radio to change things.

The only reason that I can think of for someone to buy this software is that they are unaware of Ham Radio Deluxe. The difference between the two is staggering. Just try them both to see what I mean. It is like being able to get MS Word for free but spending money to buy Notepad instead.
W8KEB Rating: 5/5 Nov 5, 2005 10:17 Send this review to a friend
Computer Control Program for 13 ICOM Radios  Time owned: more than 12 months
N4PY ICOM Control Program V1.14

I have used the N4PY Control Programs for Ten-Tec Pegasus, Jupiter, Argonaut V and the Orion since Carl started with the Pegasus. The ICOM Control Program is as good as the Ten-Tec Control Programs.

I am now using this one program to control two different ICOM Radios, The IC-718 and IC-703 Plus. I use the ICOM CT-17 Communication Interface-V Level Converter. By loading the N4PY ICOM Control into two different folders on my hard drive, labeling one n4py 718 and the second n4py 703, I can use one program to run two ICOM Radios with the CT-17. The N4PY ICOM Control Program will control 13 different ICOM Radios by picking your model from the settings Interface Panel. Set up is very easy.

34 Hot Keys (Alt H) let you control most of the front panel buttons on the IC-718 and 703. The mouse can also be used to change things like the VFO Frequency, filter size, PreAmp, Band Buttons, Memory Storage and Recall.

The Band Sweep on the IC-718, which does not have a factory sweep function, is very good. The factory Band Sweep on the IC-703 Plus is not very big and hard to read. Using Carl’s Sweep on both of these radios is fun and can let me see the band conditions fast. This alone makes the cost of the ICOM Control Program well worth it.

Memory Save and Recall is very fast and easy. Using the mouse click on the Store button and up comes a dialog box to fill in with the Call Sign. The frequency and mode are inserted for you. You can add Filter, Country, Language and a big box for notes. Click on the “OK” button and the memory file is stored. To recall this memory click on the “Recall” button on the control program front panel. If your hard diver is large enough you can store hundreds of memories.

All of Carl’s Control Programs now support the K1EL WinKey. The K1EL WinKey is the best Keyboard Keyer made. It can also be used with paddles and I have my WinKey set up to use both. I must add that the WinKey uses the Computer Keyboard, a great plus for the keyboard CW types.

The ICOM Control Program supports the Buckmaster Ham CallSign Look UP and the Ham Call LogBook. I use both and do my logging real time. No set up is required for the Buckmaster programs, Carl does it all for you.

The N4PY ICOM Control Program increases the value of any ICOM Radio ten fold. It is stable and easy to learn to use and when on the air with the IC-718 I get a lot of questions about it. This makes the IC-718 and IC 703 fun to use and that is what it is all about.
W3ULS Rating: 5/5 Dec 14, 2004 06:31 Send this review to a friend
Excellent for a 746PRO  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
If you read reviews here on about the ICOM 746PRO, you will ind two generic complaints: (1) transmit failures; and (2) cheap, small, cramped controls. While Carl's software can do nothing about (1), he basically has solved (2).

In fact, with the N4PY ICOM Control program, Carl has turned out an elegant product that greatly enhances the experience of using the 746PRO, which IMHO is an excellent transceiver to begin with (see my review on

The N4PY commercial product has several advantages over the freeware offered by Simon Brown (Ham Radio Deluxe). Of necessity, HRD runs a Ten-Tec Orion, an ICOM 7800, a Yaesu FT1000MP MkV, and a host of others.

Advantage No. 1 is that Carl's program is designed specifically for ICOMs; second, it comes with a comprehensive manual that gives very explicit instructions on how to use it. Third, it adds functionality, such as a really effrective "Sweep" function that elevates the 746PRO's problematic sweep function to a highly useful status. Finally, when coupled with a "Powermate" control knob (available separately), there is basically no end to the flexibility that the program allows the user--even, in one configuration, providing for a CW "spotting" function.

Bottom Line: Carl's program takes a very effective transceiver--the 746PRO--housed in an ergonomically challenged box and transforms it into a totally flexible, top-of-the-line rig--for $45.00.
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