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

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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 eHam.net 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 eHam.net).

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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