Ham Basics – Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook 8 Things to Know
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.
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 Basics HRD Logbook Video
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MySQL (Maria) database for HRD Logbook
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
It should show up in the “Display” tab under Selection. Or go over to the “More” button and select “Selections”.
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.
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.
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?
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,
Hey Rich, love your videos and your site. Extremely helpful! I’ve run into an issue with HRD logbook where my entire menu bar (file, edit, and all other configuration settings) are all missing. The only options I have are add, delete, etc. Any idea how to get the top toolbar back where you can pick your layout and all other means of configuring the program back. FYI program is fully up to date and it worked fine when I shut it down last. Thanks for any help.
With HRD Logbook open, press the F11 key on your keyboard and see if that brings it back
Thanks for visiting my website and commenting here. Best 73!
Hey Rich, I just wanted to let you know that I worked through the issue with the help of a support ticket. HRD was fantastic and gave a rapid response and on a Sunday as well! Here’s what they gave me that fixed the issue of the missing menu bar.
“ Close Logbook.
Go to C:\Users\your account\AppData\Roaming\HRDLLC\HRD Logbook\
Delete all LogbookMainLayout*.xml and LogbookSavedLayout*.xml files”
That brought the logbook layout back to its original state as if the software was freshly installed. I just wanted to share this with you and your viewers in case somebody else has this issue. 73 and thanks for your help.
Hi Jarrod, that’s great news and thank you for posting back the information you got from support. I’ll definitely make a note of that. Stay safe and best 73!
Can anyone tell me what the default font is for HRD logbook?
Good question. I installed it on my laptop recently, so I haven’t changed it.
It is Courier New, Size 10
Thanks for posting here. Best 73!
Good morning, Rich,
I am having a problem with my HRD logbook, and maybe you could give me some good advice.
On my old computer (win 10) with latest HRD installed, I have lost my Main menu for logbook. The solution is probably right in front of me, but I am not an ordinateur whiz and I cannot find it.
On other small problem, I loaded HRD suite on a new HP (win11) machine. I cannot get overlaid option in QSO forwarding, only ignore and merged. Any help will be appreciated.
It’s nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here. That’s a great question. I’ve had the menu trouble before and I believe I had to reinstall Ham Radio Deluxe for it to work again. First try clicking on a different Layout and see if that brings it back. Do you see Layout A and B?
Perhaps reinstalling HamRadio deluxe will solve the QSO forwarding issue too.
You may want to check out the HRD support group before reinstalling.
Sorry I couldn’t be a more help and I hope this works for you. Let me know.
Very best 73 and good DX!
Same problem here – any resolution?
It’s nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.
Did you try using a different Layout?
If it the QSO forwarding problem. In HRD Logbook under QSO Forwarding try a different port, say 2336 and change the port in WSJT-X to match it. I’ve had that problem too and changing the port works.