The new Ham Radio Deluxe 6.2.8 released on January 16th "broke" compatibility with both DDUtil and Mini Deluxe for mode tracking. Seems now in HRD you have two choices under Flex Radio, PowerSDR or SmartSDR.
When choosing SmartSDR and you start HRD Logbook it expects to see 9:SMART SDR as a response. With HRD Logbook 6.2.7 it expected 3:PowerSDR SmartSDR
Without it receiving the correct response from either DDUtil or Mini Deluxe the mode tracking will not work correctly when adding entries using the ALE window.
I've sent this info to the authors of DDUtil and Mini Deluxe so they can update their fantastic utilities.
Just an FYI in case anyone else runs into this issue.
I have a quick question for you. I currently use HRD on the last free version 5.24.
I love the software and it works great for me. I have tried other software packages, such as DXLabs, but I still like Ham Radio Deluxe best. I use N1MM+ for contests.
My question for you is, Is it worth it to move to the pay version 6.2? And if so, why?
Seeing that you use a Flex and remote controlled amp I can see the similarities between out setups and I would appreciate your input.
My stance now is that I do not see enough new things in the software to justify the $99 price. I can upload to LOTW, eQSL, HRDLog.net, I can see my contacts, clusters, etc...
DM780 works, so does the Rotator and Sat app. What new feature would I that is worth $100?
I guess I can always do a Backup and restore to 5.24 if needed.
It is a valid point. I will check the trial and see for myself if it is worth the $$.
Thanks for the quick reply Dave!
I have my logbook set to do backup upon exit to a network shared drive.
When you install 6.2.8 it should keep the 5.2.4 in place so you will have both installed.
I just pop in to tell you that the installation of the 6.2 Trial version of HRD has been a total nightmare. Even though I created a separate folder to install the program, it still uses system folders to save the logbook databases and other information. This means it destroyed my current installation of HRD 5.24.
At least I was careful enough to save the logbooks.
Still, I couldn't use my QRZ xml subscription with 6.2 TRIAL so I couldn't pull the Call Sign info. The Logbook also didn't save the layout at all and every time I started the program it would ask to migrate the earlier version into the new one, even though the installation of the new one erased the previous .mdb files I had with my different call sign logbooks.
I also get error messages with very cryptic language that really doesn't point to what the problem might be. This thing is very very immature software-wise. Too bad, because I love HRD 5.24 and I really wanted a reason to upgrade to the new version.
I can see the appeal of the new logbook, as it adds filtering (i have to investigate to see if I can add filtering to 5.24) that I didn't have before, but that alone just doesn't justify the $100.
I don't want others to get discouraged from trying, and any body that builds something for the hobby gets thumbs up from me, but I just wanted to share my 6.2 experience.