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Programming the Icom-M802, in the "Open Ham/Dial Mode"

The Icom M802 has an Open Ham/Dial Mode mode not discussed in early documentation. The Open Ham/Dial Mode mode enables the M802 to transmit on "Ham" frequencies, transmit on LSB (Lower SideBand), and manually tune almost like a regular AM or ham radio. The CLAR/RX key toggles the radio back-and-forth between the Channel Mode and the Open Ham/Dial Mode. To determine if the Open Ham/Dial Mode on your your M802 is enabled press the CLAR/RX key on the keypad. If enabled, the LCD display will change, displaying frequency information with a cursor beneath the rightmost digit.  If the display does not change or there's no cursor beneath the displayed frequency, the Open Ham/Dial Mode is not enabled. Here's how to put the radio into the Open Ham/Dial Mode and set frequencies:
DockSide Radio powers-up all M802's it sells. We verify that the Open Ham/Dial Mode is enabled, and that the User Group frequency database is up-to-date.

Step Instructions

Dial Display Change

1.

Put the radio into the OPEN mode. With the radio turned off simultaneously hold down the "2", "mode", and "TX" keys at the same time, and power-on the radio. Normal dial display. The M802 doesn't indicate if its in the open/Dial mode or the closed/CHANNEL mode.
2 Select tuning capabilities Press the CLAR/RX button. If the radio is in the Open/Dial Mode a caret {►} will appear next to the RX on the top line of the LCD display (RX►). The channel label will be replaced with the stored frequency and mode, and a cursor (underline) will be under one of the numbers. If the {►} and cursor are not displayed the radio is in the "closed" mode. Repeat step 1 above.

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3 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the left knob until the cursor is under the number in the column you want to change.

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4 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the right knob left or right until the desired number in the selected column displayed (in this example 14 MHz).

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5 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the left knob clockwise to move the cursor to the next column you want to change (in this example the 100KHz column).

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6 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the right knob left or right until the desired number in the selected column displayed in the 100 KHz column (in this example 3).

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7 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the left knob clockwise to move the cursor to the next column you want to change (in this example the 10KHz column).

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8 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the right knob left or right until the desired number in the selected column displayed in the 10 KHz column (in this example 1).

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9 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the left knob clockwise to move the cursor to the next column you want to change (in this example the 1KHz column).

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10 Dialing-in the Frequency Turn the right knob left or right until the desired number in the selected column is displayed in the 1 KHz column (in this example 3).

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11 Store the new Transmit & receive  frequency Press and hold the ENT key. When the {►} disappears, the LCD display reverts back to showing the channel label, and SIMP is displayed on the top line, the new frequency and mode has been set. In this example the radio will transmit and receive on 14.313 MHz. The "SIMP" displayed on the first line of the LCD indicates the transmit and receive frequencies are the same.
12 Toggle Press the FREQ/CH key to toggle between the channel and frequency mode.  
15 Note: It is not necessary to set each column individually. Put the cursor under any of the columns and rotate the right-hand knob, tuning the radio as you would a regular AM / FM radio. Remember, the farther to the right a column is located, the finer the tuning increment.

Revised 10/2016

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Programming Simplex Frequencies into the User Channel Group
Step Instructions What's  Happening
1

Press the Freq/CH button to put the M-802 into the Channel Mode if necessary.

With each press of the CH/Freq button the LCD display will toggle back and forth, displaying the selected radio channel, and with the next press displaying the frequency stored in that radio channel.

2 Select the channel you wish to program by turning the large right-hand knob (channel selector knob) The channel selector knob selects channels within a Channel Group.
3 Press the CLAR/RX button A caret {►} will appear next to the RX on the top line of the LCD display. The channel label will be replaced with the stored frequency and mode, and a cursor (underline) will be under one of the numbers
4 Enter the desired frequency using the keypad, or dial it in using the two large front panel knobs. You are entering a new receive & transmit frequency.
5 Press and hold the ENT key. When the {►} disappears, the LCD display reverts back to showing the channel label, and SIMP is displayed on the top line, the new frequency and mode has been set. Stores the new RX & TX frequency and mode for this radio channel into the M-802's permanent memory.

Revised 11/2008

Programming Duplex Frequencies into the User Channel Group
Step Instructions What's  Happening
1

Store the receive frequency following the instructions for programming a simplex frequency.

Writes the receive frequency into memory.

2 Press the TX key LCD displays changes to the frequency mode and TX flashes.
5 Enter the new transmit frequency using the keypad, or knobs.  
6 Press and hold the ENT key. Writes the new transmit frequency into memory. The LCD display reverts back to showing the channel label and DUP replaces SMIP.
Adding Names/Labels to Your Channels
Step Instructions What's  Happening
1 Press the Freq/CH button to put the M-802 into the Channel Mode if necessary. Put the M-802 into the Channel Mode.
2 Press the "F" (Function button) Enable the function mode.
3 Press the Freq/CH The LCD dial display will show a line of character positions.
4 Rotate the right-hand Channel Selector knob to select the first character position. Rotating the channel selector knob selects the character position where you want to enter a letter or number.
5 Using the keypad, enter the desired character. Use the "1" key for Q, Z, q, z, and space, the "0" key for 0, and symbols + - = / ( ) * < > and @
6 Rotate the right-hand Channel Selector knob to select the next character position.
7 Using the keypad, enter the next character.  
8 Continue with steps 6 - 7 until you have either completed the channel label, or all eight positions are filled. The maximum channel label size is eight characters.
9 Press ENT when finished. Stores the newly entered channel label into the radio's permanent memory.
 

 

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Turning Speech Compression ON/OFF*

If your M802's Set Mode B menu is enabled you can manually turn the M802''s speech compression feature ON/OFF  here's how:

  1. Turn the M802’s power OFF.

  2. While simultaneously holding down the set/mode and  [Function] keys, power the M802 ON to activate Icom’s “Set Mode “B” menu.

  3. Rotate the large GRP knob   until COMP shows on the M802's LCD display.

  4. Rotate the large CH knob to turn speech compression ON/OFF (Figure-1 below).

  5. Turn the M802's power OFF (the new setting will be automatically stored).

  6. Turn the M802's power back ON.

  7. Use the M802 normally.

Note: The ability to turn speech compression off is critically important. Operating a SSB with speech compression on while in a noisy environment can cause the inter syllable spaces in words to be filled with background noise. The increased average transmit power may make the signal louder, but the increased noise may also make it more difficult to understand.

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M802 Compression ON/OFF Setup Screen

* A Hardware modification is required to access Mode B menu selections.

 

M802 Hints

Earphones

Almost any off-the-shelf stereo phones or earbuds will work. The key to masking them work is that the earphones must first be plugged into a $3 Radio Shack 1/8" stereo jack to 1/8" mono plug adaptor, Radio Shack part number 274-368

GPS Data

Problems getting the M802 to display Lat/Lon/Time? Make sure the GPS is setup to send the GGA  NMEA 0183 sentence to the M802. ...No GGA, no LAT/LON display..

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