Why hasn't ICOM developed rig control software for their radios?
I would be the first person to rave about ICOM radios as I've been using them ever since I first got my ham license back in 1995. The radios are so sophisticated nowadays that you can connect them to a computer and use software to operate most, if not all of the controls on the radio. For somebody like myself who has no hand or finger movement being able to use a computer to do things like adjusting the volume, RF power, squelch has made my life so much easier. I no longer need to worry about putting extensions onto the knobs on the radio in order for me to use my HF equipment. Some of the other radio manufacturers such as Yaesu and Kenwood have developed their own rig control software. However, for some reason, ICOM has not developed any software whatsoever. Therefore, I have to rely on using Ham Radio Deluxe to operate my ICOM 7800.
Ham Radio Deluxe is an independent piece of software that has been around for a number of years now. It's primarily a rig control software package that also incorporates logging and other interesting functions. However, I don't find it to be particularly stable and I often have problems with it not responding. This is particularly annoying when you are in the middle of locking somebody's details. I recently spoke to a friend who recommended a program called MacloggerDX. However, from what I understand this doesn't have the full rig control that HRD has so it wouldn't be much good for me. My idea was to get some rig control software that I could use alongside Mac logger. However, as I've already said, ICOM has not produced any of their own rig control software so I'm basically stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I find it quite astonishing that a massive company like ICOM that produce some of the most popular amateur radios in the world have not gone to the trouble of developing their own rig control software. Don't know why we haven't done it but as far as I'm concerned it's an absolute must, especially when many of the people who use their radios are disabled like myself.
I'd like to appeal to ICOM to realise that not producing this type of software maybe pushing customers over to other makes of radio. I'm seriously considering a Kenwood radio, maybe the 990. I've already got the 590 and I've used it in conjunction with Kenwood's own rig control software and is absolutely brilliant, I really love it!