The new Icom IC-7610 SDR HF/6m Transceiver

by Adam Farson VA7OJ/AB4OJ

******   Hot News! RS-BA1 Ver. 2, with dual RX support, was released on 30 August 2018. IC-7610 Firmware V1.20 with I/Q support, and USB I/Q Package for HDSDR, are now downloadable. See links below.   ******   

 

The IC-7610. Photo courtesy Icom Inc. Click for larger image.
The IC-7610. Photo courtesy Icom Inc. Click for larger image.

 

IC-7610 rear panel. Photo courtesy Icom Inc.
IC-7610 rear panel. Photo courtesy Icom Inc.

 

IC-7610 screen view (courtesy hamlife.jp)
IC-7610 screen view (courtesy hamlife.jp)

 

IC-7610 at Icom's Osaka showroom (courtesy Icom Inc.)
IC-7610 at Icom's Osaka showroom (courtesy Icom Inc.)

 

Simplified block diagram of IC-7610 receiver (courtesy Icom Inc.)
Simplified block diagram of IC-7610 receiver (courtesy Icom Inc.)

 

RMDR comparison chart (courtesy Icom Inc.)
RMDR comparison chart (courtesy Icom Inc.)

 

Transmitter phase noise comparison chart (courtesy Icom Inc.)
Transmitter phase noise comparison chart (courtesy Icom Inc.) 
 
DIGI-SEL preselector module (courtesy Icom Inc.) Click for larger image.
DIGI-SEL preselector module (courtesy Icom Inc.) Click for larger image. 

 

Typical DIGI-SEL Amplitude/Frequency Curve. Click for description.
Typical DIGI-SEL Amplitude/Frequency Curve. Click for description.

 

BPF & Digi-Sel passband, receiving on 7.22MHz. Courtesy Icom Inc.
BPF & Digi-Sel passband, receiving on 7.22MHz. Courtesy Icom Inc.

 

Passband between antenna & Digi-Sel (at Digi-Sel output). Courtesy Icom Inc.
Passband  between antenna & Digi-Sel (at Digi-Sel output). Courtesy Icom Inc.

 

IC-7610 interior top view (courtesy Icom Inc.) Click for larger image.
IC-7610 interior top view (courtesy Icom Inc.) Click for larger image. 
Top left: speaker box. Top centre: PA harmonic filters. Bottom left: PA. Right: Relay-chain ATU. 

 

IC-7610 interior bottom view (courtesy Icom Inc.) Click for larger image.
IC-7610 interior bottom view (courtesy Icom Inc.) Click for larger image. 
L: MAIN Unit (note FPGA & ADC heatsinks). RF BPF Units under MAIN Unit. R: DIGI-SEL Units (top: Main). 

 

IC-7610 RF FPGA IC.    IC-7610 VCXO clock. 
IC-7610 RF FPGA IC (courtesy Icom Inc.)   IC-7610 VCXO clock oscillator (courtesy icom Inc.)

 


IC-7610 Salient Features


Spectrum scope comparison, IC-7610 vs. IC-7600:

Parameter IC-7610 IC-7600
Scope type FFT Swept
Bandwidth kHz 5-1000 5-500
Min. Resolution* ~ 1 dot ~ 20 dots
Minimum RBW 20 Hz ~ 200 Hz
Sweep speed ~ 30 screens/sec. ~ 4 screens/sec.
Display dynamic range 100 dB 80 dB
Screen display Dual Single
* 1 dot ~ -60 dBc BW of single carrier

Note: All the above information was derived from published data per the links below, and is subject to change without notice.


FCC ID: AFJ386400, granted 6 November 2017.

Industry Canada Certification: 202D-386700, granted 17 November 2017.

Links:

IC-7610 Firmware V1.20, released 24 August 2018.  Click link for download & release notes.

Firmware V1.20 & HDSDR Brochure   mirror

IC-7610 V1.10 Firmware Update Information - also valid for V1.11.

USB I/Q Package for HDSDR

Preparations for using the IC-7610 with HDSDR application/IC-7610 HDSDR Operating Guide

IC-7610 Firmware V1.06, released 01 Mar. 2018. Click link for download & release notes.

V1.06 is the prerequisite for all firmware versions higher than V1.06. See firmware release notes on relevant download page.

RC-28 Firmware V1.02 (corrects inter-operation issue with IC-7610)

Icom America Service Bulletin for ADC Heatsinks

My IC-7610 User Review & Test Report (including transverter port TX power output & phase noise )

ARRL IC-7610 Product Review (QST, October 2018, ARRL members only)

Rob Sherwood NC0B's IC-7610 Test Report

Rob Sherwood NC0B's IC-7610 Stew Perry Contest Report

Comparisons among Kenwood TS-990S, Icom IC-7300 and IC-7610, by Rob Sherwood NC0B

Icom Japan IC-7610 Page  English translation. 

Icom America IC-7610 Page

FB News (Japan): Special IC-7610 Issue  English translation.

Tokyo Ham Fair 2018 Icom Product News

Icom UK videos:

Introduction to the IC-7610

Overview of Icom IC-7610 SDR HF Transceiver

IC-7610 Advanced User Manual

IC-7610 Basic User Manual

IC-7610 I/Q Output Reference Guide

IC-7610 CI-V Reference Guide

Tips for USB Port Settings

IC-7610 Block Diagram & Schematics

IC-7610 APF Passbands

IC-7610 Product Brochures: US/Canada  Europe

SP-41 External Speaker for the IC-7610 and other radios

IC-7610 Special Pagein English.

IC-7610 Technical Report Vol. 1in English.  Local mirror

IC-7610 Technical Report Vol. 2in English  Local mirror

IC-7610 Technical Report Vol. 3in English  Local mirror

RS-BA1 Ver. 2 now released (supports dual RX)in English

RS-BA1 Ver. 2 Manuals: Preparations   Instruction Manualin English

Selected screenshots from a working IC-7610    Local mirror

IC-7610 Pre-Release Brochure

Icom UK IC-7610 Release and Pricing Announcement

Icom Ham Radio Catalogue (2017 Europe Edition), featuring IC-7610

Icom IC-7610 Exhibition & Advance Presentation, Tokyo, 23 Dec. 2016 (courtesy JA7CSU)

IC-7610 operation and DigiSel demos at Tokyo Akihabara Icom Festival, 16 Mar. 2017

QRZnow report on above event

IC-7610 Group


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Last updated: 09/30/2018

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