Monitoring an Icom Transceiver
Multi-Meter with RS-BA1 Software

 

   This article is for vision-impaired amateur radio operators who want to monitor RF power and SWR readings from an Icom HF transceiver. The Icom RS-BA1 Remote Control Program can display the radio multi-meter readings on a computer screen for better visibility. Besides RF power and SWR, the S-meter, ALC, and COMP levels are also displayed.

   The RS-BA1 software can monitor Icom models IC-7200, 7410, 7600, 9100, 7700, 7800, 756PROIII, 746PRO, 7400, and 7000.

   The primary purpose of the RS-BA1 software is remote control of a transceiver over the Internet or a home network.

   This article is about a different use of the program—monitoring the multi-meter of a radio connected directly to a computer. A separate article describes how to use the RS-BA1 Remote Control Program to monitor the radio settings.

   Icom America loaned the RS-BA1 software for this review. An Icom 746PRO transceiver was used for the tests.

Monitoring a Multi-Meter

   The RS-BA1 Remote Program graphical user interface is the same for all Icom transceivers. Figure 1 shows the data screen. The bar-type multi-meter shows the radio meter readings in real time.

Figure 1. RS-BA1 data screen (magnified x 1.5).

   The graphical meter measures 0.9" H x 2.6" W on a typical 22" computer screen, unaffected by the screen dpi setting. You can use magnification software—Figure 2 shows the meter enlarged x 3.

Figure 2. RS-BA1 multi-meter (magnified x 3).

Comparison With Other Software

   Rig monitoring with Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) is described in a separate article. The graphical meters do not have numerical scales (Figures 3 & 4).

Figure 3. Ham Radio Deluxe S-meter (enlarged).

Figure 4. Ham Radio Deluxe Multi-Meter (enlarged).

   Rig monitoring with Kenwood ARCP software is described in a separate article. The ARCP graphical meter (Figure 5) is not designed to show all the details of the actual meter.

Figure 5. Kenwood ARCP-590 multi-meter (enlarged).

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   RF power is not monitored by the Kenwood ARCP-480 software for the TS-480 transceiver. For the TS-590, ARCP-590 software lists RF power in the status bar at the bottom of the control panel, but it is not displayed in the graphical meter.

Summary

   Icom RS-BA1 Remote Control software displays HF transceiver settings and the multi-meter on a computer screen, where they can be magnified.

Acknowledgment

   Thanks to Diane Morrison, KE7PCS, of Icom America, Inc. for loaning the software.

Author Information

   Peter DeNeef, AE7PD, is an Extra Class amateur radio operator in the U.S. This web site has no ads or conflicts of interest.
Email: HamRadioAndVision "at" gmail "dot" com.

rev. 11/5/2011

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