Icom IC-T7E - Programing

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Trying to Program Using Chirp

Hi - I've got an old work horse Icom IC-T7E handheld and I'd like to be able to program the channels on it from my computer. Using Chirp I can see the radio on the drop down list but I don't know what cable to use or where to connect it to the radio - can anyone give me a bit of HELP with this please
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Hi - I've got an old work horse Icom IC-T7E handheld and I'd like to be able to program the channels on it from my computer. Using Chirp I can see the radio on the drop down list but I don't know what cable to use or where to connect it to the radio - can anyone give me a bit of HELP with this please
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The cable you want would be the OPC-478 (RS-232) or the OPC-478U (USB).
From memory the radio end is a typical 3.5mm stereo plug and that inserts into the accessory speaker jack (where you'd plug an external speaker mic, headset etc) in.
If your computer has a serial port built in then I would recommend purchasing the RS-232 cable (there are umpteen different sellers of these on eBay, just search for OPC-478).

Hopefully this helps.
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Thanks very much for your reply to my post. I have the correct cable but I'm not sure what software to use to program the radio. I've tried using chirp, but I can only access it using 'live' mode but I can't update or upload any frequency settings. Any suggestions?

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Thanks very much for your reply to my post. I have the correct cable but I'm not sure what software to use to program the radio. I've tried using chirp, but I can only access it using 'live' mode but I can't update or upload any frequency settings. Any suggestions?

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The software you would need for your radio would be the CS-T7 - available on this website in the download section.
Once you have it installed, read from the radio first and save the generated file - that gives you a known good config to dump back into the radio should something go wrong.
Then you should be able to edit settings/frequencies to your heart's content and program them back into the radio.
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Great - Thanks! I couldn't find the CS-T7 version in the Icom downloads section on HamFiles, but managed to find it elsewhere. I downloaded the zipped package but it won't install on my Windows 10 computer  :(   Do I need to run this on an earlier version?

Really appreciate you taking the time to give me some help on this.

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