What role does SmartSDR CAT play with respect to setting up third party applications like HRD?

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Setting up SmartSDR to interface with third party software like CW skimmer and Ham Radio Deluxe has been a nightmare for me. I am new to the flex series and not too savvy with computers. I think I understand the basic concepts but i am still not too sure. I had all sorts of problems installing com0com under windows 10 and got several errors resulting in an incomplete installation. I would like to expand on the capabilities of the radio (flex 6500) but am getting pretty frustrated! Can anyone help me out? A real newbie here...
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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First ...Remove Com0Com  - you do not need it...

SmartSDR CAT creates all the virtual serial ports you will need and it is much better and easier to use than Com0Com

Second... Install DDUTIL - it will act as a traffic cop for your band data to feed things like HRD Logbook, SteppIR Antennas, Wattmeters, Rotors and Amps.

HRD - is totally redundant.. Not sure why anyone would want to use it if they are using SMARTSDR which does everything that HRD does much better than HRD plus you have a Panadpter

I personally use HRDLogbook which is quite good.. runs very well without HRD as long as you use DDUTIL to connect SmartSDR to it..

For CWSkimmer - the traffic cop program is SDRBridge - DDUTIL can also be the traffic cop - but I think SDRBridge does a better job

BTW.. Windows 10 is a nightmare which will continue to cause you problems for the next couple of years until Microsoft finally debugs completely.

For a newbie you will be much happier with a Windows 7 system which is stable...

Hope this helps
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Thank you so much... i will work on removing com0com as it does not show up in any uninstall options I have..  I will also uninstall HRD as per your suggestion. I really wanted the logbook functions... when i do these things i will then work on installing DDUTIL (not sure what that is) then work on the rest of your suggestions! I will report back when complete! Thanks for your quick response. As to the windows 10 issue.. I just bought this computer and it was already pre installed I am not sure I could even back down to windows 7 if i wanted to!
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Do you have HRD Logbook installed?
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If so open DDUTIL Setup and check the HRD App

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You should now be able to connect to HRD logbook
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Thanks for all the help.  to answer some of the questions... yes I have smartsdr installed.. have been using it now for the past three days without a hitch..will now go looking for HRD logbook.
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Hrdlog comes with ham radio deluxe it'll be under apps->Amateur Radio or apps-->hrd.
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feel as if i am close.. i launch hrd logbook and i get a message about checking my hrd ip server being started...
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Yes you are


Click logbook options

Then ok

Then connect and HRD LOgbook should read your radio frequency.
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no joy.. i get to the pane you describe click connect and get similar error messages.. oh well thanks for trying..
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ok i clicked something seems like the software is reading the frequency now
thanks... kc2dis
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Walt and I said it was easy

What do you want to try next?
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decoding some cw would be a big plus
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You will need to install SDRbridge and CWSKimmer
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ok ill save for another night!
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http://www.qrv.com/sdrbridge.html

Detailed instructions on the site.
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just as an aside HRD seems to be getting all the data from smart sdr now.. even audio
thanks for the link.. I will check it out.. you guys have been so helpful