Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum system requirements for running HRD
Last Updated 2 years ago

Computer

Ham Radio Deluxe is designed for Windows Vista, Windows 7 , 8, 8.1 and 10, also Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher) is required.
The policy is to support Windows versions which are supported by Microsoft.

There are no plans for a LINUX or Macintosh native version, Ham Radio Deluxe is known to run under VMware for LINUX and PC emulators for the Macintosh however for this type of installation only limited support is provided.

The suggested minimum computer specification is:

NOTE: Although HRD may run on systems with less than recommended requirements, we can not guarantee optimum performance. DM780 uses more resources when decoding many signals simultaneously.

Windows Vista 32-bit - Min Installed Ram 4 GB


Processor
Ham Radio Deluxe
2 GHz

DM780
2.4 GHz

HRD Logbook
2 GHz

Memory
Ham Radio Deluxe
3 GB

DM780
3 GB

HRD Logbook
3 GB
Hard Drive Storage
Ham Radio Deluxe
20 MB

DM780
50MB

HRD Logbook
20 MB
Color Display
1024 x768 minimum
1280 x 1024 preferred

Windows 7/8 32 bit - Min Installed Ram 4 GB


Processor
Ham Radio Deluxe
2.4 GHz

DM780
2.8 GHz Dual Core

HRD Logbook
2.4 MHz

Memory
Ham Radio Deluxe
4 GB

DM780
4 GB

HRD Logbook
4 GB
Hard Drive Storage
Ham Radio Deluxe
20 MB

DM780
50MB

HRD Logbook
20 MB
Color Display
1280 x1024 minimum
1920 x 1080 preferred


Windows 7/8 64 bit - Min Installed Ram 6 GB
Although the minimum requirements for a 64-bit operating system is 6 GB of installed ram, we recommend, for maximum performance when using the digital modes, 8 GB should be installed.

Other Software
In addition, you will need the following free software for viewing demos and user
documentation.

  • Adobe Reader 9 or newer
  • Adobe Flash Version 11 or newer
If you do not have them, they can be downloaded from the Adobe website at:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/ and http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/


Internet Connection
Not absolutely required but really is essential to fully utilize all the features. The best connection is a full time connection such as cable or DSL. Registering the program is much easier when done online.

Radio Interfacing
Ham Radio Deluxe is designed to be used with one of more than 90 radios. Some modules, however, can be used without a connection to a rig. Logging will work but will not be as automated. Satellite tracking is still fun without a rig connected. In fact, there are only a few of the above listed rigs that “really” work fully with the satellite module.

Some of the rigs do not fully avail themselves to all the features of Ham Radio Deluxe. A number of the rigs do not provide full CAT support in their firmware.  In some cases some of the features of the radio are missing from the HRD Rig Control screen.  This is a limitation of the rig, not Ham Radio Deluxe.

For CAT control, all radios require some sort of SERIAL connection between the radio and the computer. Some of the newer model radios are equipped with a USB port on the back of the radio. All that is needed there is a USB cable from the radio to a USB port on the computer.

Most ICOM radios use a CI-V connection to the computer.
It is usually a 3.5mm mono plug jack on the back of the radio.
This type of connection needs a special cable from the computer to the radio.
This cable can be one with a 3.5mm monaural phone plug on one end and a DB-9 on the other.
This cable will connect to either a true serial port on the computer, or, to a USB/Serial converter.
If your computer does not have a serial card, you can use a USB/Serial converter.
We recommend the HamLink USB from Timewave.
See the links at the bottom of this document for the vendors we recommend for CAT control cables and interfaces.
Visit their websites and give them a phone call.
They will

Other radios have a standard DB9 serial port on the back which either connects directly to a DB9 Serial port connector on the back of the computer or through a Serial/USB converter to a USB connector the computer, while others connect from an ACC or DATA plug on the back of the radio through a Serial/USB converter to the computer.

Many of these cables use the serial port. If you don’t have a serial port all is not lost – USB serial converters are widely available. Also, there are options available that are USB based.

One of these is HamLinkUSB from Timewave. This will allow rig control with most of the radios listed above.

Note: If you need a Serial/USB converter be specially aware of the type of chips and drivers that are in the converter you choose. We recommend ONLY converters with FTDI or SI Labs chipsets and drivers. We have found these to preform exceptionally well with HRD and other radio related software.


Beware of Prolific chipsets and drivers. There are many of these on the market which are counterfeit and the chipsets are of poor quality. The drivers are also poorly written and will not work properly with HRD, especially if trying to use them on a Windows 7 or 8 system.


Some of the problems you may experience with these chipsets and drivers are system crashes, BSOD, program lock-ups, drivers won't install properly, comports disappear for no reason, just to name a few.

If in doubt as to what you need to connect your radio to the computer running Ham Radio Deluxe, contact HRD support by phone at (813) 413-4090 or Timewave either through their website at www.timewave.com or phone them at 1-651-489-5080. They can provide you with cables and connectors to meet your needs.

The future trend in radio control and interfacing is the USB connection. More and more radios will only have USB ports and not Serial or Parallel ports. The USB port will even pass audio as rig control with a few of the radios.

For the majority of the radios listed above, you will need to have a more robust interface if you need to send or receive audio. The audio recorder and PSK31 are two examples of this need.

For more interfacing information visit the Downloads page at www.hrdsoftwarellc.com
for A basic guide to CAT and Audio interfacing which contains many designs for both CAT and audio interfaces for use with Ham Radio Deluxe.

Check out the cable and interface solutions from:

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