R8600 New IC-R8600 software, need some testers

jazzboypro

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I have 3 antennas connected to my 8600, a loop, a discone and a long wire. I'm currently listening on the 20 meter band. I noticed that changing the antenna in the software as no impact on the reception. That did not made sense to me. After checking, i see that changing the antenna in the software does not actually change the antenna on the radio. Is this a know issue, does anyone else have the same problem ?

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73 VA2FCS
 

kilocharlie8

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I have 3 antennas connected to my 8600, a loop, a discone and a long wire. I'm currently listening on the 20 meter band. I noticed that changing the antenna in the software as no impact on the reception. That did not made sense to me. After checking, i see that changing the antenna in the software does not actually change the antenna on the radio. Is this a know issue, does anyone else have the same problem ?

Thanks
73 VA2FCS
Hi Jazzboypro,

I think we did manage to break the antenna selection code. It used to work!

Look forward to a fix in the next release.

--E
de W6EL
 

jazzboypro

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Hi Jazzboypro,

I think we did manage to break the antenna selection code. It used to work!

Look forward to a fix in the next release.

--E
de W6EL

Yes, i can confirm that it worked in the previous version. I'll wait for the next release :)
 

volkanboy

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Hi All,

My friends and I have been working on some software to control recent Icom transceivers. The software is called "wfview". We have noticed that the IC-R8600 seems to have a similar network (ethernet) protocol to the IC-9700, IC-7850, and IC-705, but to date we have yet to actually test it with this radio.

I am wondering if there is anyone here that would like to give it a shot? It is easiest to try using linux, but we can make a windows or mac build available to you. With linux, it is a bit easier to update the code and re-build


as we work through whatever bugs may be there.

The software is open source, and provides streaming audio (transmit and receive, as applicable), plus waterfall display and basic radio controls. We would really like to make this software something useful to the community, as there seem to be so few options for this radio, and none for linux and mac users.

If anyone would like to try it, please reply below and I will help you get started with it. We're planning on our first release soon, and would really like to get some basic support for the IC-R8600 worked out if possible. The software is solid right now for the SDR and hybrid SDR Icom transceivers, and I suspect it just needs a few tweaks to support the IC-R8600.

Thanks,

--Elliott
de W6EL
Hello,


i have an Icon R8600,i like to test to.
Im running on Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
Im glad to help testing
 

kilocharlie8

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I'll download and give it a spin, thanks! How bout that dBm or dBmv meter readout?
wfview doesn't export any data like that currently. If you want to grab the data manually, you could probably use a small snip of python code to send the command to the radio and then record the reading to a text file. I've thought about adding code to present different units in the s-meter display, but ultimately it's the same data producing the reading, just a different unit for display. Meaning, it can be converted easily if you know the radio's scale.
 

kilocharlie8

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Hi,

There have been LOTS of updates, pretty much every night we are either fixing things or adding new features. A lot of work has gone into the audio back-end, which has been re-written four times now. Support for the ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXPress hardware controllers is coming along, the Icom RC-28 may also happen, and a new radio command back-end is in progress which will allow for loadable radio "plugins", making it easier to add features moving forward.

On our Downloads page of our website, we have weekly builds available for those that want to test out the latest features. Patreon supporters get nightly builds as well. For linux users, it's pretty trivial to run our build script and just make the latest from the source repo.

With regards to the IC-R8600, we've had to drop working on the memory and scan features for now. This is because it's a very large amount of work and we want to really focus on our existing core features, and make those features truly shine, before we introduce new ones. Even just trying for the basic functionality of say, an IC-718, has been challenging due to the high standard we've set for ourselves of responsiveness and intuitive UI design. But that's what this is -- we really want wfview to stand out from the crowd, not just because it's the the only open-source and free GUI program to do this kind of thing, but because it's nice and easy to use. If you use wfview and feel confused about a feature, we've messed up and need to hear about it!

I don't monitor this site as much as I probably should, but we answer questions daily from our official support forum, https://forum.wfview.org/.

Here's a video of a recent 40M QSO I was monitoring, have a look if you want to see how things are progressing. The radio is my IC-7300, which I am using remotely (wfview has a built-in audio and control server):

73,

--E
de W6EL
 
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