WSJT-X FT8 Using CI-V Cable Combined with Ham Radio Deluxe


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.

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  1. Dave Borchard says:

    I’ve had WSJT-X working for weeks. Suddenly, WSJT-X quit decoding stations. I couldn’t figure out the problem. All the configuration was correct. I recovered the computer back in time several weeks, and WSJT-X still couldn’t decode any stations. I then searched and found the solution. The time of day has to be close to the correct time of day. My time of day was off about 15 to 20 seconds. There’s software called “nistime-32bit” that will automatically keep your computer time of day correctly set. Fixing my computer’s time of day problem fixed the WSJT-X decoding problem!

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Dave,
      Nice to hear from you and thank you for the information. That is a very good reminder. It’s just the simple thing but boy it can mess things up if the clock isn’t correct on the computer and synced up.
      Glad to hear you got it figured out and best 73. Hope to hear you on the air!
      I’m traveling to Hamvention next week.
      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Scot WA0SD says:

    Hello Rich

    Have you figured out how to log Calls into both HRD and N3FJP logging programs at the same time?
    I really enjoy features of both programs but its such a pain exporting from one to the other.

    Thanks Scot

    • K0PIR says:

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

      That’s a good question. I have not. Typically I use a logging program for a while, learn more about it, create videos and then move on to another. I just export and import to keep up to date.

      I would like to have a database that each logging program could sync with, but I am not there yet.

      Thanks again, have a great day and best 73!

      Rich, K0PIR

  3. Wes Wilson says:

    Hello Rich
    I really like your site
    Are you thinking about doing the same thing for the new Icom IC-9700? It really needs the same treatment as it is a fine radio and a lot features that need expounded upon.
    Thanks for taking the time to cover the IC-7300 as well as you do, keep up the great work.
    73 Wes Wilson KA9MFY

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Wes,

      Nice to hear from you again and thanks for commenting here.

      The 9700 is on my radar! I was thinking of saving some money and getting a Yaesu FT-847 for satellite ops, but I just don’t want to go backwards at this point. Even though they are fine transceivers.

      I’ll have to see how it goes. It’s going to be a busy summer for me. I have room on my roof for a satellite antenna system, but I don’t think I have time to get it all working. It’s in the plan though.

      Thanks again Wes, best to you and yours, 73!

      Rich, K0PIR

  4. K0PIR says:

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

    I show the advantages and how it works in the video.

    Please tell me more. What are you using for Rig in WSJT-X? Are you using something like virtual serial port emulator (VSPE)?

    Five logging programs. Are they HRD,, eQSL, QRZ and Clublog?

    Rich, K0PIR

    • Lon Martin, KØWJ says:

      Hi Rich,
      As I stated in my comment, I’m using a 7300 and yes, those are the five log systems I use. Of course, in addition to those, three clicks at the end of the day’s session, sends all contacts made from QRZ to LoTW as well.

      And no, I don’t use a serial port emulator. I see no advantage that two ports have over a one port solution.


      • Lon Martin, KØWJ says:

        Hi Rich,
        I just watched your video and learned something new. I very seldom change modes on my radio when I’m in an FT8 session, but being able to click on a spot like you do, and having the mode set automatically, looks like a good feature. Since my focus for this year is on CW instead of FT8 like last year, I can now see where using the C-IV port has a definite advantage.

        Thanks for your video, and sorry for the confusion.

        Lon, KØWJ

      • K0PIR says:

        I see. Yes I forgot about LOTW!

        HRD Logbook does a good job uploading to all of those automatically for me. LOTW is the one I do by myself.

        Rich, K0PIR

  5. Lon Martin, KØWJ says:

    I only use 1 USB cable between my 7300 and PC. I use WSJT-X, JTAlert, HRD and my setup automatically logs to five different logging programs. This frees up the CI-V port for other uses (ie. Amplifier band control, etc.). I traded your whole article to find what you stated, “…there are advantages to using both USB & CI-V ports,” but failed to see where that was an advantage. Where did I miss this?

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