Ham Radio Deluxe News: Ham Radio Deluxe Version Released

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  1. WA9PIE

    WA9PIE QRZ Lifetime Member #305 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Press Release

    Ham Radio Deluxe News: Ham Radio Deluxe Version Released

    Tampa, FL — July 7, 2017

    HRD Software, LLC announces the release of Version and staff addition

    HRD Software, LLC. is pleased to make two announcements in this presser.

    Ham Radio Deluxe Version is now available to the public. This release has new features, enhancements, and improvements including 4 Logbook enhancements, and 26 defects were corrected across DM-780, Mapper, Rig Control, and Satellite Tracking.

    The new capabilities Logbook enhance the ease of use for logbook columns as displayed. They include sorting text-based columns, sorting custom columns, saving column widths, and date sorting corrections. Another prominent addition that improves usability is word-wrap in the Logbook comments field. These changes are among many long-awaited and often-requested features and fixes (see the Release Notes for the complete list of 35.) Dr. Mike Carper, WA9PIE said in a statement, “We’re dramatically picking up the pace for getting releases to market with significantly improved quality.”

    The company also announces the addition of Mike Blaszczak, K7ZCZ as a principal software engineer. Mike has almost 30 years of experience as a software developer. “During Mike’s fifteen years at Microsoft, he literally wrote the book on MFC. His experience with Visual Studio, C++ and SQL is extensive.” according to Carper. Blaszczak joins Erik Gawtry, KC0WWC, to continue the advances in the Ham Radio Deluxe suite.

    This version is available for all registered users of Ham Radio Deluxe v6.x.

    Customers are invited to download this current version at its new website:


    Release Notes:


    As always, Ham Radio Deluxe is free to try before you buy for 30 days.

    Purchase and download Ham Radio Deluxe 6.4 at https://www.hamradiodeluxe.com
    HRD Customer Support: https://tickets.hrdsoftwarellc.com
    HRD Free Peer Support Forum: https://forums.hrdsoftwarellc.com
    HRD YouTube Channel: http://www.YouTube.com/hrdsoftware
    Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamRadioDeluxe
    Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HamRadioDeluxe
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2017
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  2. W7ZRC

    W7ZRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    They broke a couple of releases back with my Orion II and it still doesn't work. 73, Rod/w7zrc (paid subscriber to HRD)
  3. WA9PIE

    WA9PIE QRZ Lifetime Member #305 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page


    #1 - FWIW, we don't sell the software on a subscription basis. You buy it... it's yours forever.

    #2 - We were working with one of our beta testers and his Orion II... we'd be happy to work with you directly on this.

    Message me direct.

    Mike, WA9PIE
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  4. K6FNI

    K6FNI Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I currently have installed on Windows 7. I paid for the software a couple of years ago but I don't currently pay for support.

    So am I able to download and use the new version at no additional cost? Or, do I have to purchase an annual support agreement before switching to the new version?

    Robert, K6FNI
  5. WA9PIE

    WA9PIE QRZ Lifetime Member #305 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Yes sir. Absolutely!

    (Rumors that "paying for HRD every year as a requirement" were started by someone... no idea who... but there's no subscription... no requirement for an annual payment. That said - IF you want direct access to our Tech Support and/or we introduce certain new features... a 12-month renewal of Software Maintenance and Support is required. But without it, you continue to get all the fixes we publish regardless.)
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  6. WA9PIE

    WA9PIE QRZ Lifetime Member #305 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    When we do releases, we often get this question. So let me post it here, as other folks may have the same question:

    We sell two things:

    One - we sell a perpetual (Lifetime) license for Ham Radio Deluxe. During that period of time, you're welcome to upgrades that include bug fixes. Included in your initial purchase is 12 months of Software Maintenance and Support. During that first 12 months, you are able to contact our tech support team directly and obtain support from them at no additional charge, and you're welcome to whatever features we add during that time. Most of the time, 12 months is sufficient in order to ensure that the software is installed and is working with no major problems. Beyond that first 12 months, the next option is available...

    Two - we sell optional renewals for Software Maintenance and Support for customers who want to use new features released since their initial 12 months or are need our direct assistance beyond the first 12 months that were included with the initial purchase.

    Mike, WA9PIE
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  7. K6FNI

    K6FNI Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks for the reply.

    I'll check out the new version because I'm having a problem with the Logbook.

    Ever since I first purchased HRD the Logbook has hung up on me from time to time and the problem seems to be getting worse.

    In most cases, I can only log a couple of contacts before it hangs and I have to reload the program. While I don't see anything in the release notes about my problem I'd really like to see it working properly and reliably because as things stand it is certainly a PITA.

    Robert, K6FNI
  8. WA9PIE

    WA9PIE QRZ Lifetime Member #305 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page


    We've put a lot of effort into this. We no longer hear much about crashes and our support queue is at all-time lows. It's stable... and we're making it better. The quality is improving dramatically.

    Mike, WA9PIE
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  9. AF5WO

    AF5WO XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi Michael,
    Love HRD. Is there a time-frame for the Icom 7300 panadapter feature?

    Tom, AF5WO
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  10. K5KNM

    K5KNM Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've been using HRD for years and for the most part it works well. I like to occasionally use the remote server function of this software when I travel but unfortunately it stopped working about 4 or 5 updates ago. I had tech support try to fix it but to no avail. I just downloaded the latest update and the problem is even worse. I just submitted another tech support ticket with the new issues so I'll give it 1 more shot. Maybe by public airing it out here that will encourage some to look into the problem more. I know remote operation isn't what most operators use but it is a part of the program and should be working correctly for those who want to use it.

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