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HRD Logbook and WSJT-X Integration | New HRD v6.4.0.886

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HRD Logbook now includes “QSO Forwarding”. With QSO forwarding in HRD Logbook there’s no need to use JT Alert, although JT Alert is still beneficial to many users, including myself. According to the author, “Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook receives QSOs directly from WSJT-X as-if they originated in DM-780.” This is what many have been waiting for or expected to see. In the past JT Alert and HRD have had an on & off type relationship. This eliminates any future  incompatibilities between JT Alert and HRD.

HRD Logbook QSO Forwarding will also work with FT8Call.

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HRD Logbook QSO Forwarding

After installing the new HRD v6.4.0.886 you’ll see “QSO Forwarding” under Tools>Configure in HRD Logbook.

In the “QSO Forwarding” window we just need to enable “UDP Receive”. The “Receive Port” I am using is 2333. My “Target Database” is my default logbook and “My Station fields” I have set to “Merged”. See below.

WSJT-X Settings

In WSJT-X I tried using Ham Radio Deluxe as the “Rig”. It appears to be working well with my Icom 7610 and should work well with any other radio including the Icom 7300. If you do not start HRD rig control, you can use your radio as the “Rig” with the appropriate “Serial Port Parameters”. This may be best for some. See my article “A New Spin on JT Alert”.

Under the Reporting tab you will need to enable “N1MM Logger+ Broadcasts”. I have also enabled the “UDP Server” and under “Network Services” the “PSK Reporter Spotting”. I find that beneficial and helpful for others. See below.

On the “Reporting” tab I also have “Prompt me to log QSO” ticked.

There is just one USB cable in this configuration between the radio an PC. More explanation is in the video below. HRD Logbook QSO Forwarding will also work with FT8Call.

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  1. Author

    Hi Barry,
    Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.
    In JT Alert disable logging. It’s in the Settings, Manage Settings, Logging. Go to HRD V5/V6 and uncheck the box at the top to disable it.
    I hope that’s what you are looking for and I hope it helps.
    Thanks again and best 73!
    Rich, K0PIR

  2. Nice article….. You say “With QSO forwarding in HRD Logbook there’s no need to use JTAlert, although JTAlert is still beneficial to many users, including myself.” This is what I am looking for. My WSJT-X forwards contacts to HRD Logbook…. I like that… but how do you get JTAlerts not to send its contacts to HRD logbook as well but still have JTAlerts function as it should?

  3. Rich,
    Will this work with WSJT-X without HRD Rig. I would prefer to have WSJT do direct rig control of my 7300.

    1. Author

      Hi Jim,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting.

      Yes, that works great. Just open the Logbook and WSJT-X.

      Best 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

      1. So, this is my current setup using two cables and UnLink from Remote:

        WSJTX direct CAT control of my 7300 using COM4 at 115200 bps.
        WSJTX does more complete, fast CAT control than using HRD as rig control.
        HRD Rig Control using COM5 at 9600 bps.
        Just so it gets frequency, etc. Otherwise I don’t use it.
        WSJTX UDP to HRD Logbook.
        WSJTX UDP to JTAlert with no forwarding. JTAlert is quicker this way.

        1. Author

          Hi Jim,
          Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.

          Yes to all of the above, hi hi.

          Good information. Best 73!

  4. Rich, thank you so much for this article. I was struggling with getting rig control and logging set up for JTAlert and HRD Logbook to be fully automated. Finally a straightforward article, easy to follow, and it works!

    73, Paula K7PAX

    1. Author

      Hi Paula,

      Great to hear from you and thank you so much for commenting. I’m happy it helped.

      Best 73 and hope to hear you on the air.

      Rich, K0PIR

  5. Thanks for your Videos. You stated that you are only using one cable. Will this setup work with Fox-Hound DX Expedition mode or do you need two cables?
    I am having a problem; with WSJT-X set for (Ham Radio Deluxe, CAT, Rear/Data, Data/Pkt. and Fake It) the IC-7300 will default from USB-D to USB after every transmission. When I transmit again it will generally go back to USB-D but not always and then back to USB in receive. It almost seems like a timing issue or a conflict on the USB cable. Any ideas?

    1. Author

      Hi Jim,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for the comments.

      I would not imagine you would need two cables, but I’m unfamiliar with Fox-Hound, so I can’t say for sure. If two COM ports are needed and you don’t want to include a second cable there is always VSPE.

      Are you using CAT for PTT in WSJT-X, Data/Pkt for Mode and Fake It for Split? It could be an issue with using HRD for the Rig. Does it happen if you use the Icom 7300 for the Rig and close HRD Rig control? You can just leave HRD Logbook open and it should log to it.

      Rich, K0PIR

      1. Hi Rich,
        Thanks for your prompt reply. I am using one USB cable and no VSPE. I tried all that you mentioned except maybe using 7300 for rig control. After all day of trying different combinations I don’t remember. But after sending you the question I got to thinking about my comment about a conflict on the USB. I went back last night and looked at the CI-V settings. The original “How To Setups” called for 9600 baud rate. So I tried the max rate of 115200 rate in the CI-V setup and also in the Connect setup for HRD. That solved the problem. It did seem to create another problem of multiple log entries into HRD logbook; interesting. I think I saw that discussed in one of you discussions. I will search through them (so many) for a solution. Maybe the baud rate issue will help some others.
        Thanks, Jim N9BW

        1. Author

          Thanks Jim. Happy to hear you got it going.

          Are you using JT Alert? Maybe that is adding an extra log entry.

          Take care, best 73,

          Rich, K0PIR

          1. I also have this problem with an extra log entry. It doesn’t seem to affect ever entry but when the duplicates occur the time is different. Same minute but off by 15 to 45 seconds. Also, in one entry the name is all caps and the other name is normal case. I use JTAlert.

            Scott KI5AWX

          2. Author

            Could you have JT Alert doing the logging as well as QSO forwarding in HRD Logbook? I disabled logging in JT Alert and just use QSO Forwarding in HRD Logbook.

            Rich, K0PIR

    1. Author

      Thanks Roger! I was happy to see that it works with FT8Call too. Hopefully FT8Call will continue to improve.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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