Ham radio deluxe logbook

Ham Basics – Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook 8 Things to Know

In Softwareby K0PIR6 Comments

I have been using Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook on and off for many years. It started with the free version and now I have the paid version. The latest of Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook is version 6.5. I’ve cleaned mine up, improved the speed, made it look nice and have it automated just how I like it. Wow what a difference! If you would like to see more, please keep reading.

Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook Streamlined

For too long I left the toolbar cluttered and too many things showing. A while back I fixed that. No more unusable icons and no more wasted space. No more cluttered tabs on the Add Log Entry (ALE) window. This cleanup is easy to do and it makes it easier to navigate.Ham radio deluxe logbook

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Speed Improvement

WA9PIE, Mike did a video a while back installing a MySQL (Maria) database for HRD Logbook. I followed the video and it was a big improvement for me. If you have some experience with HRD Logbook and databases I recommend doing this. It helps with large logs. Otherwise you may want to stick to the default database, but you can help HRD Logbook by using “Edit Selections” and view only 100 to 500 records.


Ham Radio Deluxe Customizing the Appearance

It’s easy to do and makes a big difference. In my software I like having the Radio Pane visible with my buttons and sliders. There’s also the Audio Recorder and DX Cluster that is visible.


Tired of looking at the same colors and fonts? On the toolbar go to More>Appearance. Colors and fonts can be changed to make it more to your liking.

Uploading to Online Logbooks

I have always enjoyed the fact that HRD Logbook can automatically upload to my favorite online logbooks. Mainly QRZ.com (subscription required), eQSL.cc and HRDLog.net. Of course it will upload to LOTW, but you’ll have to do that manually. It is very easy though.

Just create an account at each website. You can click on the links at the bottom of the page.

And there is one more, Clublog. I have been using it for a couple of years.

One Last thing – Save the Layout

Go to View>Layout>Save Layout A

ham radio deluxe logbook save layout

Ham Radio Basics HRD Logbook Video

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  1. Hello!.

    HRD is great.
    Lately, I have decided to use it on the second computer at home (the first is in a ham shack). Is it possible to automatically synchronise logbooks on both computers?

    Piotr SP9BP

    1. Author

      That’s a great question and I don’t think there is any way to synchronize the logbook itself in HRD logbook.

      You may be able to do something with windows file system and sharing the database file. See: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/sharing-a-database-between-two-computers/5e5cf1ff-3e74-442a-b253-40800a91fcf3

      Possibly that will work for you. I’m going to look into it some more eventually. Thanks again and thanks for posing the question.

      73 in good DX,
      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Hi Rich,

    First, thank you for your time and effort for sharing your knowledge with others. Currently I am shopping for a program for use with my Icom 7300 and have no experience with HRD. It really looks like a nice all around program. I see you can customize colors and fonts for the log page as you described above. Can you also change the font and colors of the rig control/frequency page? The black and gold I see on most sites would be an eye strain for me.Thanks in advance.

    1. Author

      Hi Chad,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.

      Great question and yes it can be customized too. HRD is one of the easiest and best Ham Radio apps. Look for Customize Layout in HRD.


  3. Hello dear Rich
    I’m using HRD Deluxe vers. 6.6.0. 236 on a win10/1903 pc. I like it.
    But when I trie to add new selection in the logbook it failes everytime.
    I open “edit selection” and I fill up the field Parameters, I klick on “Save in Selection list”, but when I trie the selection it failes, all Parameters have gone, the Programm just won’t keep them.

    What do I wrong? Can you help me?
    Thanks and vy 73 de Rene HB9DGZ

    1. Author


      It should show up in the “Display” tab under Selection. Or go over to the “More” button and select “Selections”.

      Rich, K0PIR

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