Icom Firmware update will include “Smoother FT8 Mode Operation” and other improvements to the IC-705, IC-7300, and IC-9700

(Source: Icom Japan Press Release)

Smoother FT8 Mode Operation with Constantly Evolving Firmware (IC-705/IC-7300/IC-9700)

Firmware update for the IC-705, IC-7300 and IC-9700* offers smoother FT8 operation. One touch FT8 mode preset, Scroll mode and other updates for each model will be available.

Preset menu screen

* Firmware update for the IC-705 is around late in January, and for the IC-7300 and IC-9700 will be in near feature.

Click here to download a PDF announcing the update.

11 thoughts on “Icom Firmware update will include “Smoother FT8 Mode Operation” and other improvements to the IC-705, IC-7300, and IC-9700”

  1. Icom states in the release, “* Firmware update for the IC-705 is around late in January, and for the IC-7300 and IC-9700 will be in near feature.”

  2. It’s out. New preset mode looks more useful than just FT8. Presets offer unique CI-V addresses. So think different presets for different software. One for software that is updated and uses native 705 address like HRD or Win4Icom and one for programs like WSJT-X which has to use similar rig CI-V address of 7300 or 9700.
    Punch a preset and it changes many settings with a single button. You get 5 presets.

  3. I suspect the next iteration of the IC-7300 could have DV mode and possibly VHF/UHF as well because so many would love that on a 100W HF rig. DV mode requires a D-Star vocoder chip, so I’m not sure if it’s even something they can modify on the ‘7300 as-is. The IC-7100 has it, though!

  4. I have a 7100, 705 and 9700. I just like HF D-Star. But the 7100 is my truck radio. Be nice to have a 100w HF DV radio in the shack

  5. Icom IC-7300 firmware 1.40 is out now – published today 02/26/2021.
    Download and release notes are publicly reachable by the Icom homepage.

  6. i would like to see 7300 get a Morse decode function, i cant see Icom changing 7300 radically like adding vhf /uhf etc and hope they don’t, buy a 9700 if you want those goodies, 7300 is great for what it is a (game changer)

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