What is Ham Radio Deluxe?
The Ham Radio Deluxe is an amateur radio software suite. These five applications are the best asset you can add to your ham shack.
It includes most everything an amateur radio operator needs to automate their ham radio station.. These applications are all built to work together. You can spend more time enjoying Amateur Radio.
The Ham Radio Deluxe Software Suite includes the following:
- HRD Logbook is a feature rich ham radio logging software with powerful features for QSO logging, awards tracking, DX cluster, QSL card printing, integrated to rig control, and more.
If you're an extreme DXer, a DXCC fan, or enjoy casual DXing, Logbook is a real keeper; now with automated logging of JT65, JT9, and FT8 using WSJT-X, JTAlert, and/or QSO Relay. Solar weather tracking and greyline maps are included.
Automatic callsign lookup from QRZ callsign database (XML or CD), Hamcall (or CD), Callook.info, HamQTH, and QRZCQ.com. Wikipedia integration provides atlas information about DX countries. SWL support.
- HRD Rig Control is a ham radio control software program for ham radios that has the appearance of being connected to a software defined radio (SDR); HF, VHF, UHF, radio control for all major radio manufacturers; integrated to QSO logging.
- DM-780 is a digital modes software program that includes RTTY, PSK31, Morse code send/receive, and many more; integrated to QSO logging. Modes include CW, RTTY, PSK, QPSK, Contestia, DominoEX, Hell, MFSK, MT63, Olivia, Thor, and Throb. Control an unlimited number of transceivers, transmitters, or receivers simultaneously. DM-780 uses the same automatic callsign lookup that HRD Logbook uses.
- HRD Rotor Control is a software program that supports most popular rotator controllers; turn automatically within Logbook; world map display
- HRD Satellite Tracking is a software program that makes your 2-way satellite communications much easier and includes integrated rig control
What is Ham Radio?
Ham Radio, also known as Amateur Radio, is a radio communications hobby practiced around the world. There are many aspects to the hobby.
Amateur radio provides a public service in support of emergency communication during natural disasters. The hurricane in Puerto Rico is a good example. When cell phones are unable to connect, Amateur Radio Operators provide a valuable service to their communities.
There are three amateur radio licenses offered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. These are Technician Class, General Class, and Extra Class. Amateur Radio License Exams are proctored by volunteer examiners. Electronic filing ensures that a call sign is delivered electronically within days. If you are not currently licensed, we hope you pass an examination soon!
To learn more about Amateur Radio, please visit this link to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) article - What is Ham Radio?. You can also visit a ham radio retail outlet or local ham radio club. Ham Radio Operators are always happy to provide information about becoming a ham.
List of Manufacturers
Consider the following equipment manufacturers who have helped us with our hardware lab:
Ham Radio Deluxe Video Overview
This video is a general overview of the features of Ham Radio Deluxe. More videos are available on our YouTube channel. These videos demonstrate the changes and improvements that have been added to Ham Radio Deluxe since 2012. For example - there are videos on the YouTube channel demonstrating RTTY/FSK, new awards tracking, worked status indicators (WSI), strategies for log backup and recovery, a video quick-start guide, and more. If there are additional videos that you would be interested in seeing, please let us know via out online forums.
Those of us at HRD Software are always agreeable to join your club meetings upon request to do product demonstrations for you via Skype. We've done several of these and they have always worked out well. These meetings are often a great source of feedback for us and they generate great ideas for future product feature enhancements.
There are five modules within Ham Radio Deluxe. These modules are applications that are designed to work together. Detailed Ham Radio Deluxe descriptions are found on the following pages: