Icom 7300 Memory Operation and Scanning Emergency Frequencies

How do you use the memory channels in your Icom radio? A few years ago I setup some memory channels and then forgot about them in my Icom 7300. They just didn't get used. On my 7610 I added some broadcast frequencies thinking I would scan and listen to them in the evening. I've actually done this.

And just recently I got the idea to save emergency frequencies into memory channels.

Icom 7300 Memory Channel Operation

There are different types of memories (Voice, CW, MPAD, etc.) in these Icom transceivers, but the memory we're are talking about here is the memory channel operation. You can find out more about them in the Icom 7300 full manual on page 9-1 and Icom 7610 full manual on page 60.

The Memory mode enables you to quickly select often- used frequencies. It can also store frequencies you may need in a disaster.

icom memory operation
Icom 7610 Memory Channels - Broadcast Stations

I'll go through entering and scanning memory channels using the Icom 7300 in the video below.

Entering memory channels in the 7610 is slightly different, but you should get the basics from this video.

If you want to see a video using the Icom 7610 and memory channels, please comment below.

Emergency Memory Channels

I think it's a good idea to save emergency frequencies in the radio. In the event of a disaster I'll be able to quickly find and search emergency HF frequencies. See the video below.

For a list of emergency frequencies in your state, please have a look at:
ARES/RACES HF Frequencies

South Dakota Emergency Frequencies:

3.870.00 LSB


3.570.00 MT-63 or future possible digital mode

3.578.00 SD CW net during an emergency/drill

Video - Icom 7300 Memory Operation

In this video I did not turn up the RF Gain/Squelch when scanning the SSB frequency channels. It can be used, but it takes a strong SSB signal to break the squelch.

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How do you use memory channels? Please ask any questions below. I prefer the comment section here or in YouTube over e-mail because your questions will undoubtedly help others as well.

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ARES/RACES HF Frequencies


Ham Radio Common Emergency VHF Frequencies

ARES Field Service Manual

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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Arthur C. Peterson
5 years ago

Please do this on the 7610. You have been a great help to me with my 7610. Thank you fron Alaska. Art kb7fxj

Mike Miranda
5 years ago

In addition to emergency channels and broadcast channels stored in memory I have some of my favorite nets both formal and informal. Most importantly I borrowed an idea from Yaesu my FT-950 and FT-991 have special memory channels for 60 meters. 5.332, 5.348, 5.358, 5.373, 5.405, USB and 5.332, 5.348, 5.35850, 5.373, 5.405 CW. This helps because our 60 meter operation is strictly channelized.

Buddy WB4M
5 years ago

I’d like to use the memories for 6 and 10 meter repeaters. I wish the memories would retain the tones and splits.

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