[amsat-bb] HRD and linear birds

David W0DHB dave at w0dhb.net
Thu Jun 25 04:53:12 UTC 2015


My experience with HRD for linear birds got some different results than
others have observed.
- I found the Doppler tuning worked very well, I did test it side by side
with SATPC32 as well as QSOs with others using SATPC32 and we tracked each
other well.
- I did like the user interface
- I would recommend it for hf/Terrestrial operations

But... After a year or so of struggling with HRD for satellite operations, I
am now a happy SatPC32 user.

Several reasons:
HRD is focusing on their main products, HRD rig control and the logging
About halfway through the beta program they broke Doppler Tuning for
PowerSDR/SmartSDR (Flex Radios) and it still doesn't work.
Satellite Rig control for any radio I tried, TS2000 and IC9100 did not set
TX/RX modes.
I never could get IC9100 Satellite rig control working properly with it.

SatPC32 is not the most glamorous user interface, but is very feature rich,
I am still learning new things about its' capabilities.
SatPC32 was developed by an Amateur satellite expert who uses it for his own
operations, its' functionality has evolved over many years based on many
hours of operation by amateurs world-wide.

My $.02


-----Original Message-----
From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Vivona,
Michael (CMG-Orlando)
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:43 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] HRD and linear birds

I am trying to get a clarification about using HamRadioDeluxe and linear
birds. I have heard on several occasions that HRD and its associated
satellite tracking module works fine for FM birds but not for linear birds.
Can someone please clarify what the actual issue is? I currently have HRD
version 6X and I am looking to purchase an IC9100 to mate it with. I have
contacted the HRD support folks, but the answer I get is: "not sure, try
it". Well, I don't have the IC9100 yet so I can't try it.
I have permission from my local AES outlet store to connect up my laptop to
one of there IC9100 before I buy it. So, I need to know what the actual
problem is with HRD and linear birds so I can try it in person. 
I hope to get to the bottom of this once and for all.thanks in advance for
anyone that wants to jump in on this. 

Michael Vivona
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