Re: Status: IC-7000 Audio Levels for V/UHF and HF modes #draws #hfmodes #ic7000

Jack Spitznagel

Hi Ed,


We don’t know yet.


As an owner of one of those radios, I am trying to figure out if this is the case. You may or may not need something else. Hope to have some answers fairly soon. NW Digital does not have models of every radio to test, so our “user experience” will hopefully help them with the growing pains.


Don’t let our (early adopters) mumbling distract you. I will be the first to tell you that I could be way off base on my guesses. Probably am.


Jack – KD4IZ


From: <> On Behalf Of Ed Bloom, KD9FRQ
Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 12:07
Subject: Re: [udrc] Status: IC-7000 Audio Levels for V/UHF and HF modes #draws #ic7000 #hfmodes


I have an older FT-450......and my DRAWS will arrive as part of the next batch......


Are you saying that I still need some additional equipment to go between the RPi and the

radio along with the cable that goes from DRAWS to the radio?


Ed Bloom, KR9FRQ

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-----Original Message-----
From: art upton via Groups.Io <artupton@...>
To: udrc <>
Sent: Wed, Dec 26, 2018 9:57 am
Subject: Re: [udrc] Status: IC-7000 Audio Levels for V/UHF and HF modes #draws #ic7000 #hfmodes

Hi Jack, the ft-450D is the new version and it has the same issues of being over driven.  Tigertronics used to have you put a resistor inside the signal link box to cure it on the audio out line. But they no-longer have that mod on their website. Folks were ruining the socket inside. I have one Signal Link that I have soldered the mod inside it, as over many years or reconfiguring for different radios with resistor and wire jumpers, I ruined the socket. Now I have 2 signal links and 2 Yaesu SCU17s which add CAT control lines as well. 


Art K8XG


On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 10:01:00 AM EST, Jack Spitznagel <kd4iz@...> wrote:




Found what I thought I remembered about IC-7000 data port sensitivity in the
SignaLink FAQ at Obviously this will have an impact on
DRAWS setup and operation with the IC-746Pro and the FT-450 as well.
Naturally, older radios will get pressed into field service - these just
happen to be commonly available and are "shelf spares" in quite a few
shacks. I am going to see if I can find more about the solutions to this

"ATTENTION IC-7000, IC-746PRO and FT-450 Users - Some customers have
reported that these radios have unusually sensitive Data Ports, which can
make adjustment of the SignaLink's TX knob somewhat difficult.  If this is
the case with your radio, then *you should find that the procedure above
where you install jumper JP4 and lower the Wave volume control resolves the
issue*.  However, you may also need to turn the radio's RF Power menu
setting down for better control.  A power setting of 35 to 45 watts usually
works well for 25 to 35 watts of actual RF output as measured on a watt
meter, or the radios Power Output meter. "

Jack - KD4IZ

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On
Behalf Of Basil Gunn
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2018 17:58
Subject: Re: [udrc] Status: IC-7000 Audio Levels for V/UHF and HF modes
#draws #ic7000 #hfmodes

First of all, thanks for all the time you are putting in.
See suggestion for PCM, LO Drive gain below.

> Tried to take a scientific/stepwise approach with setting the DRAWS
> board audio out today.
> I went through the entire level and deviation check routine again
> today and wound up with very similar settings to my previous attempts.
> I then tested direwolf VHF-FM first and then after disabling AX25,
> fldigi and wsjt-x on HF.  Results "ain't purty", but at least everything
is being consistent.
> Software function status:
> VHF - with direwolf/Xastir transmitting and receiving on the local
> packet network does work .
> Comment: I don't really have a an easy/better way to test than
> function on APRS network locally. I have a sense that the audio may be
> high, but I won't know until I have time to putter with Spectrum Lab.
> It will become my "Deviation Meter" with an IC-7100 functioning as my

Check this out by John Ackermann N8UR
Look for: "The No-Test-Equipment Packet Adjustment System"

Do you have a handy talky?
use the measure_deviate script: n7nix/deviation/
Pick a tone, bring-up alsamixer Set PCM to 0db & drop LO Drive until there
is no clipping ie. no distortion or just follow John Ackermann's suggestion.

> UHF - have not tried anything yet. TBD
> HF - With the alsamixer settings below (visually they produce the
> "lowest splatter" per an IC-7300 panscope and using Spectrum Lab 2
> with the IC-7300 internal audio subsystem via USB. Rig coax is
> grounded, RF gain at 20% with 20dB of attenuation:
> 1. Fldigi drives the IC-7000 up to full power (if set) but transmits a
> very dirty sig at any power above 5%.
> Comment: The sig can be copied by others, but the ALC bar is reading 60%.
> Not making any friends in the PSK world. These are ALC symptoms.
> Reducing either the PCM level or LO Driver Gain results in very much
> increased noise and a feedback like whistle at a different freq.
> Increasing the two settings results in more splatter and harmonics.
> 2. WSJT-x receives just fine but DRAWS produces only an extremely low
> transmit audio level according to the IC-7000 and signal being
> received on other transceivers. Only testing with FT8 no other JT modes
tested. TBD:
> wspr.
> Comment: In transmit there is no Power Out deflection on the IC-7000 -
> even if I adjust the PCM and IO Driver levels to the max, together or
> So the PCM/LO Driver Gain level settings that "work" in fldigi, don't
> work in wsjt-x. I even went back to check that invoking wsjt-x did not
> somehow tweak the alsamixer settings. they remained the same.
> Key Question: Why is DRAWS overdriving in fldigi, and then not putting
> out enough audio level to drive the IC-7000 to set power level in
> wjst-x FT8 mode with alsamixer settings remaining the same between apps?

I don't have an answer but your description is a good data point.

> Here are my current alsamixer settings:
> PCM                      L:[-21.50dB],      R:[-21.50dB
> ADC Level            L:[-2.00dB],        R:[-2.00dB]
> LO Driver Gain  L:[6.00dB],          R:[6.00dB]
> IN1                        L:[10kOhm],      R:[10kOhm]
> IN2                        L:[Off],                R:[Off]

So PCM set that low is very suspicious. It means you are not using many
bits of the CODEC. I would play with returning PCM at least close to  zero &
dropping LO Driver Gain down.

> I am stuck until I can figure out how to coerce wsjt-x into
> transmitting at set power with the same audio input levels to the rig as
provided in fldigi.
> At this point I don't even care if the overdrive issue isn't solved. I
> have decided to put the FT-817 aside because other are
> working/reporting on it. I am only testing with the Beta 5 provided
> software and the IC-7000 until I get these critical pieces working
> reliably because that will be my main radio for this DRAWS kit.
> Now need to go pay attention to other stuff (like family and the local
> zoo of 4-legged furries we keep here on the farm).

Yep. I understand.

> Thanks for thinking this through with me.

Thanks for taking such a methodical approach.

> Jack Spitznagel

J Spitznagel
Science River LLC

J Spitznagel
Science River LLC

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