Easy low-power tuning for ICOM radios
**See review QST February 2018 p57**
If you use an ICOM HF radio with an antenna tuner or amplifier you will have noticed the lack of any straightforward way to send low power carrier for tuning. To do so requires you to change the mode to AM or FM, reduce the power and press the PTT. It's annoying in the shack and can be very frustrating in the field. This is all the more of a problem if you use a narrow-band antenna such as a magnetic loop that needs frequent re-tuning. It's also a problem if you use your radio with an amplifier
Various "solutions" have been suggested, the most common being a dongle with a capacitor and a resistor. While this works, the tune period is fixed and it will not tune reliably twice in short succession. The fixed tune period is particularly problematic if you use your radio with a high power amplifier as if you see a mismatch you will want to act quickly.
Our Click2Tune for ICOM system provided you with complete and reliable control. It transmits a low power carrier (user selectable level on some radios) without any need to change the mode and for as long as you press the button - YOU are in control. We worked hard on getting the ergonomics right so that it sits nicely in your hand and we even trialed three types of buttons before we found one that had the right size and "feel".We also made it look good to fit in with your shack. It's a great accessory for any ICOM radio that supports their auto-tuner. Tested on: IC-7300, IC-7600 (ant. 1), IC-7600, IC-7610, IC-7100, IC-730, IC-746 (ant. 1), IC-9100 (ant. 1), IC-706 (all variants), IC-703, IC-746. See below for further information on compatibility.
The Click2Tune for ICOM is available as a kit or ready built! We have also written great instructions (build time around 30 minutes).
Kit or built, you get:
- Branded Molex components
- Mil spec 4 core screen can for good RFI performance (1 metre)
- Top quality professional switch and components
- Double-sided professional PCB and other parts (total 17 parts).
Plug in the Click2Tune BEFORE turning on your radio so that the radio recognises it properly
Will it work with my ICOM radio?
If your ICOM radio has a socket like this on the back, the Click2Tune will almost certainly work with it. Different radios will have the socket in different positions on the back panel.
This product is not suitable for the IC-7700 (and probably other 200 Watt ICOM radios).
The "Tune" indicator on my IC-7610/IC-7600 stays illuminated
The Click2Tune simulates a successful tuning sequence for an external AH4 tuner. There is also a switching sequence that is used by an external automatic tuner to indicate it failed to find a match. The Click2Tune appears to the transceiver to be a successful tune so sets the display as such. The 'TUNE' indicator simply indicates the transceiver's circuitry detected a successful external AH4 tune sequence. It does NOT indicate the internal tuner is in line.
Click to tune case
Dave G8XUL has designed a 3d printable case for the Click2Tune. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3205159
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This is a perfect item. I wanted a tune button on my Icom IC 7300 and finally I found this product from Sotabeams. It sends out a 10w carrier so I can check my SWR or my amp is tuned quickly. The only thing I can fault Sotabeams for is, it's a pity they do not supply an enclosure otherwise it's great.
The connector was the most difficult part of the assembly - namely crimping the terminals onto the wire. I overdid it with the pliers and the pins dont retain in the housing. I do have more pins and will get round to redoing the connector end.I did ass additional heat shrink onto the cable at both ends as additional strain relief. I think that the product is a superb idea and once I have corrected my error then it will be most useful. Especially when I try taking my IC-7300 to the field soon. ZL1MX Martin
Simply fantastic, it was the only thing I felt the 7300 lacked. Including the enclosure for an extra fee would have been the icing on the cake.
Very nice product that is great at allowing me to tune my loop antenna is a very easy to use manner. Would have been nice to place the device into a small case however..:
Makes tuning my Icom IC 7300 & 7600 so much easier without having to reset Mod and power output. Ideal when using an amplifier.
What a great piece of kit. The site has very easy to follow instructions to build this kit. I have a tube linear and my 7300 had no way of sending a low power carrier without loads of messing around. This is just perfect! I press the button to tune the ATU and then switch to operate on the linear and tune that. Excellent piece of kit! Recommended!
Just connected my Icom 7200 to the click2tune and it works a dream. No switching to AM or CW to fire up a carrier, the click2tune works and the auto ATU sniffs the RF and its done. Brilliant piece of work and proves the point that Richard at Sotabeams gets it right. Just ordered another one to connect up with my Icom 718.
Kenwood has had this key on their transceivers for a long time, Icom is still missing them today. This defect has now been resolved and so I can vote my remote automatic coupler finally with low power.
Fine except that autotune comes on when you use it which defeats the object. !! ICOM 7600