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Untether Your Memories!

Remotely Operate Your ICOM Message Memories

Cutting the cord is never easy, but in our October 2018 CQ article entitled “Beyond Untethered … Operating Your Station, Cell Phone, and Remote Simultaneously with a Wireless Headset,” we presented a simple solution to solve this feat. Going wireless was accomplished by modifying the connections of the Plantronics W720 wireless headset and adding components to make it suitable for use on ham radio. Users who have adopted the wireless headsets have found them to be one of the best additions to their stations.

Like many other new technologies, once the wireless headset problem was solved, another need soon arose. As an enhancement to the article listed above, the authors have developed a wireless key-fob (remote controller) system, which allows the operator to remotely access, within a 200-foot radius, either four or eight voice memories (depending on the radio) stored in the memory of specific ICOM radios (see Photo A; list of radio models below).

Currently, ICOM voice memories can be triggered by

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