Icom America Releases RS-BA1 Software Update for RC-28 Accessory Functionality
Icom America, industry-leading manufacturer of amateur (ham) radio products, announces a software update for its RS-BA1 remote control software. Users who currently own or have recently purchased Icom’s RS-BA1 may download the software patch in the Support section of Icom Inc.’s global site (www.icom.co.jp). The update is available in early July 2012 and affects functionality with the RC-28, an optional remote control USB encoder accessory.
The RS-BA1 was well received at the 2012 Dayton Hamvention® for its ease of use and solid audio quality. To illustrate the software’s capability in conjunction with the RC-28 USB encoder, product demonstrations will be available at the Pacific NW DX Convention and Huntsville Hamfest in August. "The RC-28 accessory gives users a tactile approach to the RS-BA1," says Ray Novak, Icom America Division Manager – Amateur & Receiver Products. "It helps users perform quick tuning adjustments without having to locate the cursor on the screen and click the knob control."
The RS-BA1 remotely controls compatible Icom transceivers through an IP network and features low voice latency to simulate the same operational experience of using an actual radio. The RS-BA1 comprises two components: a system configuration application to manage settings such as IP address and audio sampling rate; and remote control software that provides a user interface similar to a radio’s front panel. Memory channels, IF filter settings, interference rejection and most radio functions can be controlled through a home network or over the Internet.
The software patch addresses the RS-BA1’s functionality with Icom’s optional RC-28 USB encoder. Utilizing the same tuning knob and encoder used on Icom HF radios, the accessory provides a "radio-feel" option to complement the IP remote control software. The RC-28 features a sturdy push-to-talk and two user- programmable function keys. "The experience of controlling the RC-28 is akin to using a mouse with a keyboard—it’s intuitive and streamlines operations," adds Novak.
The RS-BA1 is compatible with Icom’s IC-7200, IC-7600, IC-7700, IC-7800 and IC-9100 transceiver models. Suggested retail price for the RS-BA1 software is $129.99. Pricing and availability for the RC-28 will be released at a later date. For more information on Icom America’s Amateur product line, or to review RS-BA1 system requirements and download the product brochure or Quick Reference Guide, please visit www.icomamerica.com/amateur.