|Just got this from West Mountain at a local hamfest. Found out there are less than 5 dozen out there. I wanted to use it mostly to use Ham Radio Deluxe and logging software. It works as advertised.|
Setup - was a bit painful though. I was told that West Mountain tested this on Icom Radios - same as I have a 706MKIIG - and it didn't function out of the box.
The install, which I followed to the letter under Windows XP - didn't do everything as expected. Only one of the two install processes took place. It installs the RIGTalk and the virtual com port. I don't remember which installed or didn't. However, I was able to point windows to the drivers directory on the CD - and all worked fine. I have an IT background, but I can see how this will drive someone nuts that isn't all that tech savvy.
I think I found the problem after install - there was a something missing from Ham Radio Deluxe. I couldn't get it to work for a few days - then I installed another rig program (N1MM's Contest Logger) - and all of a sudden - it worked. So, I'm thinking some DLL's were installed that updated HRD - or something to that effect.
So, if one program doesn't work, I'd suggest trying it with a few other programs as well.
This solved a great rig interface dilemma - and for a very reasonable price.
I do however wish they used a bit more sturdy case - it's wrapped in shrink plastic - not the most durable if I want to throw it in my laptop bag like a thumb drive (which this is roughly the same size as mine - a little smaller even).
Don't let the negative points fool you. Now it works like a charm and am recommending it to many people in my area - especally hams that want more memories for their radio (this does double duty as a SWL radio as well, and Icom only has 100 memories!!!).
It works on Yaesu, Ten-Tech and Icom radios. No Kenwood though - this from their website "Unfortunately very few Kenwood radios have a TTL level rig control interface and those that do use Negative TTL Logic. RIGtalk uses Positive TTL Logic. Thus we do not have RIGtalk models for Kenwood radios. ".