[WT-support] Trigger Icom IC-7000 DVK from WinTest

Bob Wilson, N6TV n6tv at arrl.net
Sat Aug 30 20:40:24 CEST 2014

To the best of my knowledge, the Icom Digital Voice Recorder, which can
also be used as a Voice Keyer, cannot be controlled by *any* software at
this time, not even Icom's.  If anyone discovers otherwise, please let us

The published Icom software command set does not list any voice keyer *playback
*or *recording* commands.  I am 99% certain that this applies to *all* Icom
radios, not just the IC-7000.

In contrast, the following radios fully support voice keyer playback from

   1. Elecraft K3 (with KDVR3 option)
   2. Kenwood TS-590s, TS-990s, TS-2000
   3. Yaesu FT-2000, FT-5000

See http://bit.ly/wtscripts for the Win-Test scripts I've written to
control the voice keyers of the radios listed above.

I am hopeful that Icom will eventually offer a firmware enhancement that
will allow their voice keyer hardware to be controlled by PC software.
 Until that time, there is nothing else you can do other than build your
hardware interface that accept's Win-Test's legacy "External Voice Keyer"
control on the LPT port pins
<http://docs.win-test.com/wiki/Interfaces#Digital_Voice_Keyer> (if you have
a computer with an LPT port), and translates these LPT signals into one of
the four resistance values (1.5, 3, 5.2, and 9.9 K ohms) that are required
by Icom.  See the Icom External Keypad circuit in the Icom manual.

Maybe there's a hardware engineer reading this list who can build a
prototype and share the design.  Too bad it's so difficult to buy computers
with LPT ports these days (USB-to-LPT adapters probably will not work).

Bob, N6TV

On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 7:39 AM, IZ4MJP Franco <franco at iz4mjp.com> wrote:

> I meant "Digital Voice Recorder" not Digital Voice Keyer.
> 73, Franco IZ4MJP - HB9EIH
> Does an IC7000 have a DVK?  I don't think it does.
> 73, George, K5K
> Sent from my iPad
> >* On Aug 30, 2014, at 4:10 AM, IZ4MJP Franco <franco at iz4mjp.com <http://lists.f5mzn.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/support>> wrote:
> *
> > >* I'm wondering if it is possible to trigger the 4 SSB outgoing messages stored in Icom IC-7000 integrated Voice keyer.
> *> >* As i own a MicroHam Digikeyer II that not allow voice operation, i'd like to find a way to sent DV messages from WinTest during DXpedition e/o contest.
> *> >* Many thanks
> *> >* 73
> *>* Franco, IZ4MJP - HB9EIH*
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