HRD and radio recommendations:
Hey guys, I recently set my Icom706MKIIG up to work with HRD - it works great; however, I'm limited with functionality due to my radio's CAT capability. MY QUESTION - what current rig on the market allows full functionality of HRD? I like the GUI enough to purchase a radio for that purpose.
I doubt that HRD will operate all functions of any current radio in production.
I have an Icom 7000 and Yaesu FT-950 currently connected to HRD. Neither set up offers full access to all menu functions.
I suppose you can write your own CAT commands. But the way HRD is set up now it will not access all of the menus in my radios.
It will however access the most used menus and I have both of mine set up for that.
If you look in HRD under the different radios listed you will see what the CAT commands are at the present time.
txom - Even with self-programmed CAT commands, the ICOM706 is quite limited; I need a base radio at some point and will drill down into the CAT metric within the current HRD radio selections and see what the radios offer. . .
I know this is out of date now... but you might look at the Kenwood radios and the Yaesu FT-857 or 897. Kenwood seems to have the best CAT support of anyone right now (even their HT's are controllable), and the 897 is also very usable on CAT.
I've worked a lot PSK digital with the 897, the standard Yaesu control cable, and a homemade audio cable.
Kenwood TS-480SAT. HRD was built around that radio.
I like the ICOM 7200. The USB goes straight from the PC to the radio. No other hardware is required.
the FT 950 is also easy to get to work with any software,just be carefull that if you use a rs232 cable make sure you dont buy a null cable rs232 instead.
Theres not alot of the corrct cables about so youl have to go seaching for it,or like me i thought i got the correct cable but couldnt get anything to work so i took cable apart and noticed it wasnt wired up correctly it was a cross over i needed a straight pin 1 to pin 1 etc cable so i cut it in the middle and rewired it now its cool
A couple of yrs. ago , I found on the HRD forums page had a pole of what radio's the users of HRD were using .
I do remember the numbers , but the Yaesu FT-897 was 96% , I used my 897D with HRD , but later found out the rig only put out about 3 1/2 watt on 20m & less on other HF bands , also no internet at home so could not use some features , so now I do not use the 897 much and never use HRD .
But I my give Clear service provider / modem and play with HRD again with my repaired Kenwood TS-850Sat .
So not much of an direct answer , except that most users , at least a couple yrs. ago , used the 897 .
A good mix , to get away from some of the menu issues with the 897 .
I would suggest to rephrase your question – just to put the horse in front of the wagon.
Originally Posted by KK4BME
HRD can only implement the rig CAT command set, not the other way around.
You should be looking for a rig which satisfies your requirements for CAT commands and than find out if HRD implements these specific commands.
In some cases HRD does implements even unpublished CAT commands but the original HRD did not advertize that.
I'll go along with everyone and say "Yes you should get a radio.".