The 188.8.131.526 version of Ham Radio Deluxe is now available for download. Please download it from the Download pages on our website at:
This release is a "Big Deal," folks. I believe this to be true for two reasons:
One - I believe that this release is the most stable release of Ham Radio Deluxe ever produced.
I realize that it's easy for someone to make a statement like this, given the pride that I have in our product but; I assure you, this isn't a subjective measure nor is it a sales gimmick. We have reviewed extensive crash statistics gathered by Microsoft on Ham Radio Deluxe as part of our on-going development process. These assessments provide details behind the cause and frequency of crashes, allowing us to leverage objective and specific evidence to solve the most problematic defects. The level of detail contained within this dashboard has effectively taken the guess work out of root-cause analysis.
The reason why this is the most stable version of Ham Radio Deluxe ever produced is because have made a review of crash statistics, gathered by Microsoft on Ham Radio Deluxe, part of our on-going development process. Our developers now use this information to know the details behind crashes of Ham Radio Deluxe and the frequency of the occurrences. This dashboard gives us objective and specific evidence of where the most problematic defects were. The level of detail contained within this dashboard largely takes the guess-work out of root cause analysis.
In the past 18 months, one developer has fixed over 225 defects in Ham Radio Deluxe. I marvel at how effective and efficient Mike Blaszczak (K7ZCZ) is as a developer.
In this release, data from the Microsoft dashboard has been used to eliminate some of the most frequent causes of stability issues. I am very confident that this is a major step forward for Ham Radio Deluxe.
And two - I am pleased to say that we have dramatically improved the application integration with WSJT-X and N1MM. The "QSO Forwarding" feature has been improved to where it's extremely easy to setup Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook to receive QSOs directly from WSJT-X as-if they originated in DM-780.
Over the past few weeks of testing this release, I've filled my log with FT8 QSOs using only WSJT-X and Ham Radio Deluxe. There's no need to export and import. You can use JTAlert if you'd like, or you can log directly without it. I've had a lot of fun with this and I know you will as well.
I'd like to thank Chris Fredericks (VK2BYI) for his assistance with scoping and testing this feature.
It's my plan to record a video that demonstrates how easy this is. I'll post it on our YouTube channel and will likely send out another newsletter when it's been posted.
This release includes 27 bug fixes, 1 minor enhancement, and 2 code maintenance items.
The full release notes can be found here:
All those who have purchased Ham Radio Deluxe at any time in the past should download and install this version in order to benefit from all bug fixes. You are entitled to them. Our clients who are covered by an active Software Maintenance and Support period are entitled to Feature Enhancements.
As mentioned previously, it is our objective is to do 9 or 10 releases each year. We won't be doing releases during November and December (holiday blackout period). We're presently working on replacing our software license server with a commercial product made by Soraco. This is likely going to be released in October as the last release of 2018. Following that, we plan to release updates that replace the QSL labeling function and improvements to the Rotor application.
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Thank you es 73 de Mike, WA9PIE
HRD Software, LLC