Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) transceiver mods reviews software and diagrams

   
 
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Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575)
IC-575
Programming interface schematics for Icom:
Programming software for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :
PDF User Manual for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :
PDF Service Manual with schematics for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :

Mods for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) General Coverage TX Modification
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Pass band Tuning Modification
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Power control modification
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Restoration of pass band tuning
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Splitting into RX- and TX paths
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Modification of cw pass band (BFO)
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Disabling of SBB squelch
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Very fast AGC
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) SSB RF Gain
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Tuning speed
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Frequency range & CTCSS tones
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Freq. steps mod

Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) technical specifications :  Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) technical specifications

Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) SSB RF Gain

Problem:

The RF GAIN function is different in FM and in SSB/CW modes. In FM mode the RF GAIN controls a PIN-diode at the input of the preamp. In SSB/CW the RF GAIN simply activates the IF AGC.

The use of the preamp input attenuator (the PIN-diode) can be useful also for SSB/CW e.g. if you have connected a mast head preamp with excessive gain. In this case the attenuator will help you to adjust the signal levels at the mixer, and thus reduce intermodulation and blocking.


Solution:

The solution is to remove the SSB/CW RF GAIN for SSB/CW (this function is of little use anyway), and enable the FM RF GAIN even in SSB/CW.


Implementation:
  • Cut the lead (FM8V) conneted to (pin5, J6, potmeter PCB, green) about 4 cm from the plug

  • Connect the short plug end with R14 (on the potmeter PCB) by soldering it to the end that is connected to the plug (+8V)


    This will enable the FM RF GAIN in SSB/CW.

  • cut R30 open

This disables the SSB/CW RF GAIN, and you now have a variable input attenuation with a dynamic range of 10dB (IC275 with MI308/1nF) to 16 dB (IC475).

Note: The IC-275 might have a shared PIN diode for FM RF GAIN and TX/RX switching. If you choose to split up the RX/TX paths, you must install a new PIN diode (MI301 or equivalent) on the RF YGR PCB to implement this modification. See the note under the section dealing with spliting the RX/TX paths.


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