Icom Ci V Software

G3VGRIcom CI-V Interface

CI-V Test is a small programm which allows to enter commands directly (in hex) and send them to the rig. Responses are displayed in hex bytes and also in a decoded text format.


Icom appears to delight in charging outrageous prices for all transceiver accessories, so many Hams improvise instead. A few circuits have been published for CI-V interfaces, most of which use the MAX232 IC. Here is a very simple CI-V interface, originally described by OK2WY. I've made small changes to the modem control signals connections. Although the circuit doesn't conform exactly to the RS-232 specification, it does work well and has the advantage of being easily constructed inside a 9 pin D-type shell. Please note that the resistor value 4K7 means 4700 ohms. The transistor types are not critical, I just happen to have plenty of 2N2222As.
I've used this interface on various PC's and also Dell Latitude Notebooks with both an IC735 and IC706MkIIG. No problems have been experienced even at 19200 baud with the IC706. It has also worked successfully when using a USB/Serial adapter from a notebook. If a PTT function is required from the COM port, pin 7 (RTS) can be used to provide this facility.
The circuit is powered by DTR (pin4). I experienced some problems with YPLog using this power source. If YPLog is configured to use PTT from either the Parallel port or a different serial port from the one used by the CI-V Interface, the program drops the DTR signal, resulting in no power to the interface. This is easily resolved by powering the circuit from RTS (pin 7) instead of DTR (pin4). To test and/or debug the interface, I would strongly recommend using AA6YQ's CI-V Commander program.
I have also used this interface to program my Yaesu FT50R. Only a change of connector to a 4 pole minijack plug was required. Probably the interface can be used with other HTs, although I have not tried it.

  • Icom CI-V Interface Guide First of all, thank you for purchasing my Icom CI-V interface cable. Hopefully, this guide will allow you to get your PC connected to your Icom Radio with the minimum of effort. Your Interface comes with a 30 Day No Questions Satisfaction.
  • The N4PY software license is not transferable to another user. Specific Download Information To configure the program for your Icom radio: a) Start the program. B) Select 'Settings' at the top of the Radio screen. C) In the 'Interface' window, select the correct Icom radio from the radio type list box. D) Leave the CI-V address set at 'Default'.

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Note: If you intend using this interface with a USB/Serial adapter, beware of a possible issue with many of the cheap adapters available on eBay. Many of these use counterfeit Prolific PL2303 chips. When Prolific discovered this, they amended their drivers to detect counterfeits. The drivers supplied with Windows7 & Windows8 will result in an 'Error 10' when they detect the counterfeit chip. The workaround is to use the drivers supplied for Vista.

Although I have successfully used the interface with a serial-USB adapter, I have seen USB CI-V cables from China at very cheap prices on eBay. Consequently, if your PC/Laptop has no serial ports, it's hardly worth the effort of building this interface nowadays. So just get a USB interface from eBay.

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Disclaimer: Although I have tested and used the above circuit on my own IC735 and IC706mkIIG with no problems, I do not make any representation or guarantee that this circuit will function, nor do I accept any responsibility whatsoever for any damage or malfunction arising from the use of this circuit.

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Here are some links to software for use with CI-V controlled Icom rigs:
CI-V Test by DF4OR - Freeware program to test CI-V bus
CI-V Commander by AA6YQ - Freeware program to control Icom rigs and monitor CI-V bus
RadioComm by KE7ZZ - Careware program to control and load memories of Icom rigs
YPLOG by VE6YP - Shareware Icom Rig control and logging program
Ham Radio Deluxe by HB9DRV - Bloatware Icom control program
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IMPORTANT:

The CI-V protocol for these RTX has the following limitations:


For all models ( IC- 706 - IC- 706MKII - IC- 706MKII / G) :

You can not read or write the name of the memories .
You can not read or write the value of CTCSS .
You can not read or write the value of the DUP .
Only for the IC- 706 and IC - 706MKII :

You can not read or write the name of the memories .
You can not read or write the value of CTCSS .
You can not read or write the value of the DUP .
Can not read the S -Meter
Can not read the SQL
You can not read or write the Attenuator
You can not read or write the Preamplifier
You can not read or write the AGC
You can not read or write the NB
You can not read or write the Tone
You can not read or write the TSQL
You can not read or write Vox
You can not read or write the BKin
You can not read or write the Compressor
You can not read or write the Reverse
These are hardware limitations of these RTX and can not be implemented in the management software .


IC706_BKT CAT is used to control the transceiver Icom IC-706, IC-706MKII IC-706MKII/G and IC-718 from the personal computer. To do this use the port CI-V located behind the RTX and a small interface
that converts the signal for the serial port of a personal computer. The program works under Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10 32 and 64 bit. The set of commands executable by the CI-V interface is rather limited, to overcome this limitation, in some cases, the program will perform more than one operation in sequence.
Tested with serial and USB interfaces.

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Icom Ci V Software

FEATURE

FREE VERSION

FULL VERSION

HOOK CLIPBOARD

NO

YES

MEMORY GROUP

NO

YES

PC MEMORY

NOT MANAGE GROUPS AND CAN NOT PRINT THE MEMORIES

YES

RADIO MEOMORY

DO NOT SYNCHRONIZE AND DO NOT PRINT THE MEMORIES

YES

SCANNER

YES

YES

SCANNER SOFTWARE

NO

YES

SKEDS

NO AUTOATTIVAZIONE

YES

BACKUP/RESTORE

NO

YES

PRINT

NO

YES

AUTO CQ

NO

YES

S-METER

LIMITED TIME

YES

COMMAND EXTENSION FOR IC706MKII/G

YES

YES

PTT

YES

YES

AUDIO

NO

YES

LAUNCHING EXTERNAL PROGRAMS

YES

YES

BKTCLIENT REMOTE CONTROL

LIMITED TIME

YES

FREQUENCY AND BAND BAR

YES

YES

PLUG-IN SUPPORT

YES

YES

MyDDE

YES

YES

BKTKeyerCW

LIMITED TIME

YES

DDE Server to communicate with other programs such as MultiPSK, DXLab Suite, Fldigi, JT65_HF, etc ...

YES

YES

Direct communication with BBLogger and support on-air status on HRDLOG.net and EnzoLog

YES

YES

For programmers: communication DLL to easily include it in your programs

YES

YES

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