How to make and set the opening picture on the IC-705

Last Updated on January 27, 2022

Got some time on your hands? Try this on your IC-705

Icom’s IC-705 transceiver lets you display a picture on the opening screen when you turn the radio on.

The IC-705 opening picture is easy to set up and it’s yet another way to personalise modern radios. So if you’ve got time on your hands, here’s how to do it.

You’ll need a photo program on your PC to create your masterpiece that will be displayed on your IC-705.

You can use Microsoft’s Paint which will already be on your PC. In this example, I’ll be using Photoshop. You’ll also need a micro SD card that’s been formatted in the radio. There are some templates below. You’ll find more detail in the IC-705 Advanced manual.

IC-705 Opening Screen
IC-705 Opening Screen

The IC-705 needs a bitmap or BMP file which is 480 x 272 pixels with a depth of 24 bits.
These dimensions are important.

If the file you make doesn’t match these specifications, the radio will show an error when you go to load them.

It’s time to get creative. Drag in photos, add a callsign or whatever takes your fancy. Make a few while you’re at it.

When your are done, save your bitmaps to the 705’s SD card in a folder called “OpeningPicture” If you don’t see this folder, format the card in the radio. It will create it for you.

On the radio, navigate to Set -> SD Card -> Opening picture. Select the picture that you want to use. The radio will display the picture then press Set, and YES in the final dialogue box.

The radio will restart showing you your new start up screen. You’ll find some downloadable templates on the 3fs.net website to get you going.

Picture of the Icom IC-705


A collection of files to get you going that are the correct size can be downloaded below.

VK3FS IC-705 Opening Screen