I’ve been using HRD since the free
Simon v5.24 days and then the paid version since 2014 so I’m very familiar with its many fine features. I bought a new Flex Radio 6600M in November and desired to keep using HRD. I decided to migrate away from my old Dell Win 7 laptop and upgraded to a newer solid state memory HP Spectre laptop using Win 10. I am currently running HRD v126.96.36.1992 (Flex users report problems using the current v188.8.131.52 so I’m holding off for the next release). The good news is that DM780 works like a charm on PSK and RTTY modes.
My issue is getting it to work properly on CW. So far, I have had two online sessions with the same HRD representative via TeamViewer and he has solved many problems. Yesterday, he got it sending CW from my DM780 Macro list using the CW(SSB) mode without any obvious issues. The Rep told me yesterday that this is the only CW mode of the four that is a viable option for the Flex. Prior attempts to use the CW (KY CMD) option were not successful first due to a huge 2-3 second Tx latency with run-on macros and then more recently, causing DM780 to “hang”. I am using SliceMaster (recommended by both Flex and HRD to properly connect to third-party apps) so HRD Rig Control is not being used. HRD Logbook needs to be started manually from the DM780 screen which is fine. Being used in an CW(SSB) mode means the Flex must be used exclusively in the DIGU (digital USB) mode. I can narrow the bandpass filters down to ~300 Hz centered around 650 Hz for pleasant listening so I can nicely emulate a normal CW filter. So far, so good.
Trying to make a QSO, I quickly discovered that the Tx and Rx frequency shown on the Flex (and third-party application CWSkimmer) is indicating a carrier frequency 650 Hz below where the received signal is actually located and where the radio actually transmits. Thinking about this some more, that’s exactly what one would expect using an SSB mode as opposed to a normal CW mode where these is no frequency offset and the Rx and TX bandwidths are exactly centered around the indicated carrier frequency. This explains why there is no issue with PSK since everything above 14.070 for the next 3 kHz is PSK. Same with RTTY since you are covering a similar 3 kHz swath.
Question: Is there something fundamental I and the HRD Rep are missing here? Perhaps an errant setting? If not, is there any way to reliably key the Flex using an HRD CW mode other than CW(SSB)? If not, would FRStacker be my ultimate solution for CW?
Attached some screen shots showing this issue
Thanks in advance and best 73,