Icom 7300 Ham Radio Deluxe v6.5 Rig Control Quick Start

In Icom 7300, Softwareby K0PIR21 Comments


A long time ago I did a 2 minute video setting up the Icom 7300 with Ham Radio Deluxe, but the software has changed and many more new Hams have the Icom 7300. It’s time to update with an article and video. Included is how to customize the HRD rig control window with frequently used sliders and a new color scheme. In the old video I was using the free version of Ham Radio Deluxe and today I will be using the latest paid version. It’s quite simple once the Icom USB driver is installed and the radio is setup. In this video we will be using one USB cable.

In the future Ham Radio Deluxe will include a panadapter display like DXLab Suite, N1MM Logger+ and other programs. That’s the reason for the USB cable instead of the CI-V cable this time.

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HRD Rig Control

Icom 7300 USB Driver

Before connecting the USB cable, download and install the Icom USB driver. You can find it here. It’s imperative to do this in the proper order. Connecting the cable before installing the Icom driver will cause problems.

Ham Radio Deluxe v6.5

Download and install the latest Ham Radio Deluxe. This is the paid version and there is a 30 day trial. You can find it here: Ham Radio Deluxe.

If you are still interested in the free version and getting it running with the Icom 7300, see this article: Icom 7300 and Ham Radio Deluxe Setup.

Icom 7300 Settings

Here are the screen shots for important settings in the radio. Go to MENU>SET>Connectors.

These settings work with all of the Windows software I use.

I do not have to change anything in the radio when I change software programs.

Ham Radio Deluxe Quick Start

This will work with other transceivers as well. Just use the model radio you have.

  1. Open Ham Radio Deluxe.
  2. The connect window appears
    1. ICOM (or your radios company)
    2. IC-7300 (or your radio model)
    3. Your COM Port
    4. Speed 115,200 (or your speed)
    5. CI-V is default for Icom 7300 (94)
    6. nothing checked for CTS, DTR or RTS
    7. Press Connect.
  3. After connecting one time you will have a preset you can use.
  4. Ham Radio Deluxe Rig Control Opens. Yours will look different because I have customized mine. See the link below.

Ham Radio Deluxe Customized Rig Control Window

The video and images below shows some customization of buttons and sliders that come in handy when operating. There is also a download of my color scheme below.


Icom 7300 Ham Radio Deluxe v6.5 Rig Control Quick Start Video

It’s all in the video!

Thank you

Are you waiting for the panadapter display to show up in Ham Radio Deluxe?

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Please stay in touch and best 73,

Rich, K0PIR


Icom 7300 USB Driver Download

Ham Radio Deluxe Download

K0PIR IC-7300 Color Scheme for HRD (Download, extract and load file using HRD Customize Layout>Schemes. Download and install at your own risk)


  1. Author

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you for commenting here and sorry to hear about the trouble.

    Is your HRD logbook connected to the HRD rig control? If not, go to the radio pane in HRDlogbook and click connect. Check the option also. HRD Rig must remain running.

    Rich, K0PIR

  2. any idea on why the HRD logbook frequency will not update when I turn the vfo knob on the radio? I have to switch to the Rig Control screen, then click back to the logbook before the logbook frequency will change.

  3. Rich, I got it to work after messing around with settings. Turns out that the USB Serial Function setting was set to RITTY Decode, when I tried the CI-V setting it connected right away when I started the program.>?

  4. Author

    If you are able to click on TEST CAT and TEST PTT in WSJT-X then it will work for you. Your com port is working.

    So there must be a setting in HRD off. Don’y use a Preset in HRD go to the New tab in the connect window and set it up again being careful of com port and speed.

    Also be sure there isn’t anything else connected to that com port. No other Ham programs that could be using that port.

  5. Hi Rich, I downloaded the WSJT-X program and installed it. It seems to connect to the radio. I don’t know much when it comes to digital but seems like it would work.

  6. Hi,no I haven’t tried any other program. I will try the one you suggest and see what happens.

  7. Hi, thanks for getting back to me. I reloaded the usb driver and now it is in com port 3, but still does not connect to radio.
    I have some screen captures I can send you if that helps, I appreciate you helping me with this.
    I also tried another usb cable…no help.
    Double checked the settings in the radio to match yours…they do.

  8. Hi Joe, I followed your youtube video on setting up the ic-7300. Upgraded to the latest firmware first, installed the usb driver for it. Started HRD and got the setup screen and all looked good…but when I hit connect it fails to load the frequency. It comes up with a message.

    “ic-7300, com 9, 115200”
    “Failed to read frequency. If using non standard cable may need to select RTS and/or DTR.
    Make sure radio isn’t in memory mode..”.

    Any suggestions? I set the radio up same as the first 7 screen captures on your setup page…

    1. Author

      Hi Billy,

      Nice to hear from you and thanks for commenting here.

      Use device manager and see if that com port (9) is correct. No need to select RTS or DTR on the connect window.

      Restart PC.

      Rich, K0PIR

  9. Author

    Hi Joe,

    In DM780 try using CW (Ky) mode. I’ve heard numerous Hams talk about using it. I’ve used it too, but it’s a little quirky.

    Rich, K0PIR

  10. Rich, Thanks for the time put into all these videos and tutorials. I spent many hours on the free version without success with CW keying through the USB, then downloaded the trial version with the same results. No CW keying and I followed All your settings. CW RX works fine. Please help.

    The RTS comment one person stated about is true (IF some boxes remain checked) I had to go back and setup the same radio following your steps exactly. (6. nothing checked for CTS, DTR or RTS). Once HRD was rebooted, the radio no longer was stuck in TX.

    My radio control TX does key the radio, just nothing in trying to send CW.

    Joe, 7J1ADJ

      1. Thanks Rich,

        I’m using the IC-7300 and from what I read, I don’t need any other interface for CW keying. I have been asking a lot of questions on facebook and many say it should work but I just can’t find out why mine won’t. Stressed but have not given up. Still looking for a solution.


        Joe, 7J1ADJ

  11. Author

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for commenting here and nice to hear from you.

    Yes it can be that way too. If all software settings and radio settings are exactly like mine, your radio will work with a multitude of software programs and there’s no need to change anything in the radio. However, most hams just use one or two software programs, so what you find is what works best for you. If it works, no need to fix it, hi hi!

    I have heard this year, but that just what is advertised in their newsletter. Hopefully soon.

    Thank you so much and I will keep using HRD DM780 and doing more with it. Keep in mind, I have never had RTTY (FSK) work well for me in DM780. It works great in MMTTY though and that’s where I use it.

    Best to you and yours.

    Rich, K0PIR

  12. I think the 7300 USB Send/Keying =>USB Send setting should be OFF instead of DTR because when I connect with HRD, Transmit starts automatically. Seems to work OK with DTR OFF. I’m having many problems setting up DM780 and would appreciate more videos/articles on that. Any idea when waterfall is coming to HRD? Thanks, Joe W4FKW

  13. I keep getting a comment too tong message try to send a comment. not sure why.
    Thanks for your website and videos. Own a 7300 and 756proiii.
    Won’t say anymore to see if this message works.

    1. Author

      Hi Jay,

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I’ll have a look at it and see if it can be changed.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  14. Author

    Nice to here from you and thank you for commenting. Yes the SWR is one I pay attention too also.

    In the HRD Rig Control window (top left) I have three meters (bars). ALC, PWR and SWR. I don’t think they are very reliable, but an indicator at the very least. I have not used HRD for remote, yet.

    I have done the ICOM S-Meter Calibration. When I transmit the S Meter (large bar) goes to SWR. I think it is the best to look at for an indication of SWR.

    More to come….

    Thanks and 73,
    Rich, K0PIR

  15. More than a pan adapter, I’d like a meter for SWR. If I am operating remotely, I’d like to make sure the tuner was tuned properly if I changed bands, or depending on the antenna I used.

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