WSJT-X FT8 Using CI-V Cable Combined with Ham Radio Deluxe
The last part of this series with Ham Radio Deluxe is adding WSJT-X FT8 to it. In this setup I’m using the CI-V cable for rig (Icom 7300) control in WSJT-X as opposed to using Ham Radio Deluxe as the rig in WSJT-X. There are advantages doing it this way. See the video below.
WSJT-X is a popular program for JT65, JT9 and the most popular mode is FT8. In the video below you’ll see WSJT-X FT8. WSJT-X is also a very easy program to setup and operate, especially if you are using a radio like the Icom 7300 or Icom 7610 that has built-in sound capabilities. I have videos and articles on WSJT-X and there are 3 or 4 good ways to integrate it with Ham Radio Deluxe.
WSJT-X FT8 Logging to HRD Logbook
In this configuration I’m using QSO forwarding in HRD Logbook. It works very well. See my article Using the Icom 7300 with NEW Ham Radio Deluxe and WSJT-X.
Multiple ways to Integrate WSJT-X with Ham Radio Deluxe
- Using two cables (it works well with other logging programs as well). The USB cable for HRD rig control and the CI-V cable for WSJT-X rig control.
- One USB cable. Get HRD up and running with the USB cable and using it for rig control in HRD. WSJT-X uses Ham Radio Deluxe as the Rig in it’s settings.
- One USB cable (preferred by many). Same as #2, but close HRD rig control leaving HRD Logbook open. The USB cable is used for Rig control in WSJT-X.
- One USB cable. Use a virtual serial port emulator (splitter) to split the COM port so HRD Rig Control and WSJT-X can control the radio.
We will be completeing #1 in the video below.
I have been using two cables since I got the Icom 7300 and it works very well. See my article and video: N3FJP ACLog, WSJT-X, JTAlert A Powerful Combination
Probably the easiest way to use WSJT-X FT8 is to use it as a stand alone program. It has it’s own internal logging. I have an article here: WSJT-X FT8 and the Icom 7300 the Easy Way!
WSJT-X and HRD Logbook Screen Captures
Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 Screen Captures
Many Hams use JT-Alert and it can be added to this easily. Just download and install JT-Alert. When I use JT-Alert I set it up to log into HRD Logbook, therefore disabling QSO Forwarding in HRD Logbook.
If you have any questions, please ask them here. I prefer the comment section here or in YouTube over e-mail because your comments and questions will help others as well.
73 – Rich, K0PIR