Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter

Have you seen the Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter? Well suffice it to say, it’s off to a rocky start. I paid to renew my subscription and downloaded the latest HRD. My first impression is they have a long way to go before it’s useful. I’ll show below how to get it going and you can be ready for the maintenance release.

Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter

It was designed to work with compatible radios – ICOM IC-7300, IC-7610, IC-9700, and the Kenwood TS-890S.

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Major issues:

  1. I get white flashes in the Panadapter.
  2. It crashes periodically and when it crashes, HRD Connect (rig control) closes.
  3. The Panadapter freezes up, a lot.

I look forward to their maintenance release. I like Ham Radio Deluxe, the logbook and DM780.

UPDATE 11/17/2019: The maintenance release is out.

Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter Setup

  • Use the USB cable for HRD connect. The CI-V USB baud rate (different from CI-V Baud Rate) in your Icom radio needs to be set to 115200. See my screen captures for the Icom 7300 and 7610.
  • Have the Spectrum Scope displayed on the radio before opening the HRD Panadapter.
  • To open the Panadapters in HRD go to Tools in the menu. You’ll see the Panadapters, Main and Sub.

I will probably have a video out showing the Panadapter when they get it fixed and there is some documentation on it.

Thank you

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What are your thoughts on the Panadapter? If you have any questions, comments or solutions, please comment below. I prefer the comment section here or in YouTube over e-mail because your comments and questions will help others as well.

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73,

Rich,K0PIR

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K0PIR

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

6 Responses

  1. Danny says:

    Hi Rich I just stumbled across your article as I am less than impressed on the Panadapter with HRD and the 7610 . I purchased HRD in 2017 and soon stopped using it as I found it would not work as a Remote solution, but then Black Friday came around and by the time Cyber Monday kicked in I wanted to see this Panadapter function. Well I did see it then it disappeared then it came back then it stuck. Needless to say i’m even more unimpressed with HRD than I originally was at the expense of a few more dollars.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Danny,

      Thank you for commenting here and you sound exactly like me. I was disappointed about the remote and that’s one of the reasons I purchased it Initially.

      I hope they get the panadapter working better.

      We’ll see. Thanks again for coming I appreciate the input and I know I’m not alone.

      73 and good DX!

  2. Al Bisasky says:

    Hi Rich,

    As far as the HRD Panadaptor is concerned, no worries, mate. She’ll be right. They’re good at fixing what’s wrong, Just give them some time to work it out.

    73,
    K3ZE

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Al,
      Thanks for commenting here. Yes, I don’t think it’ll be too hard to fix. It looks like they are imitating the Spectrum Display in DXLab Suite. If they can get it to scroll when in fixed mode, that would be fantastic. (When the range is Fixed, the Frequency AutoTrack option is enabled, and you QSY out of the current range but still within the current band, Commander will automatically slide the range up or down so that the transceiver’s frequency (receive frequency if split) will be visible in the new range.)

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  3. K0PIR says:

    Hi Jack,

    If you changed the settings in the 7610 from the menu. Just double check them with the screen captures I have online.

    Nothing for the panadapter would interfere with the transmit button on the rig. You should see the TX indicator in the LCD turn on when pushing the transmit button.

    Read over it again, the 7610 spectrum scope needs to be showing for the panadapter to work. The baud rate needs to be 115200 also.

    Rich, K0PIR

  4. Jack says:

    First of all, I want to thank you for all the great videos you’ve provided in the past.
    I’ve set my 7610 to the settings you recommended for the Panadapter operation. First of all, I don’t see any activity on the Panadapter display. Secondly and more importantly now I’m unable to transmit either by pressing the Tune button on WSJT-X FT8 or the 7610 front panel Transmit button.
    I need to go back to the original IC-7610 settings for FT8.

    Jack – K4KSW

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