HRD Software, LLC. is a company formed in 2012 to continue the development of the Ham Radio Deluxe software suite for amateur radio. Our goals are:
#1 - To have happy customers who would recommend Ham Radio Deluxe to their friends. Providing great service to our customers is our best form of marketing.
#2 - To make great software for amateur radio operators.
#3 - To have the kind of employees that our customers rave about.
In late 2011, Mike (WA9PIE) talked Simon into selling the source code and all rights to Ham Radio Deluxe to Mike and two other partners – Randy Gawtry (K0CBH) and Rick Ruhl (W4PC). Rick was the managing partner through the end of 2016. At the beginning of 2017, Randy and Mike took assumed control of the daily management of the company. Lindy Southwell (KB9PIE) has managed the day-to-day operations of the company since 2018.
As of August 1, 2021, HRD Software acquired the equity of Randy Gawtry. Mike became the sole owner of HRD Software, LLC.
HRD Software is now a family owned and operated business.
Dr. Michael Carper, WA9PIE - Co-Founder, CEO
Dr. Michael Carper (Mike) is the remaining one of three co-founders who founded HRD Software, LLC in 2012. During 2017, Mike took an active role in managing portions of daily business operations of HRD Software with a focus is on Sales, Support, and Digital Marketing. Today, he sets the agenda product development. In mid-2021, Mike acquired the remaining interest in the company and became the sole owner of HRD Software.
Mike is globally recognized technology leader with experience in several industries - mining, specialty retail, ecommerce, healthcare and telecommunications. He is based in Brisbane, Australia where he lives with his wife Tammy (KB9YHU) and daughter Annie (WN9PIE). He has 30 years of experience in the engineering and support of telecommunications and information technologies in the retail, healthcare, financial services, and telecommunications industries.
Mike was first licensed in 1974 as WN9PIE, while living in Greenfield, IN. Mike is an avid DXer. His DXing achievements include:
> DXCC Mixed Honor Roll (343 all-time), CW (323), Phone (304), Digital (235), 9BDXCC (needs 8 more on 6m), Challenge (2,383)
> CQ DX Honor Roll for CW and SSB
> CQ DX Field Mixed Honor Roll (175), CW, SSB, and Digital
> CQ WAZ Mixed, SSB, CW, 5BWAZ
> ITU WAZ
Lindy Southwell, KB9PIE - Chief Operating Officer
Lindy had been with us for many years on an occasional basis. In 2018, she became responsible for the daily operations of HRD Software. She focuses on Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support. She has an MBA from Texas Christian University.
Tim Browning, KB3NPH - Technical Support
Tim provides technical support for our customers.
Radioman in the U.S. Navy. Two years DJ, Announcer and Engineer with AFRTS. Two years communications radioman aboard ship. Became interested in and started building and repairing computers as a hobby in about 1980. Drove truck over the road for many years and was an owner/operator until forced to retire due to medical reasons in 2007. Became a ham in 2006. Joined the HRD team as a beta tester in 2012 and advanced to support in 2013.
Kevin Young, KC7FPF - Technical Support
Kevin provides technical support for our customers.
Retired USAF 20 years Maintenance F-4 F-5 T-38 F-15. Information Technologist, Network Administrator and Computer Technician CCTV/Telco and Network Cable Installer. Obtained ham license in 1994. Kevin is also a W5YI Volunteer Examiner and Elmer to new hams. Net Control Station for SCARS Net (South Coast Amateur Radio Service), Net control station for Local ARES net, Manager/Net Controller for the Ham Nation 40 Meter Net.
Ferry Holsderver (PD9FER) - Technical Support
Ferry is a technical support volunteer residing in The Netherlands.
Tammy Carper, KB9YHU - Sales Support and Marketing
Tammy provides sales support to our customers and dealers on an occasional basis as a volunteer.
Tammy has extensive experience in sales. She's a licensed real estate broker. She has an undergraduate degree in finance/real estate from Indiana University. She's been a ham since 2001 and joined the HRD sales team in May of 2017.
Amber Jean - Sales Support
Amber supports our customer as part of our sales support team. She resides in the North Dallas suburbs.
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