Ham Radio Deluxe Digital Master 780 DM780 Custom Look
Digital Master 780 or DM780
"Digital Master is capable of a wide range of digital modes, including CW, RTTY, SSTV, PSK31, MT-63, and more." - HRD website.
In the past the problem that I had was the interface and sometimes DM780 was unreliable. The interface was too busy and occasionally the program locked up or lost settings and sometimes I would lose my macros or layout . I think over the years DM780 and the Windows OS has improved. I rarely have problems with it today (occasional minidump 😡 ). Maybe I just know it better now. Operating PSK31 is a breeze and the macros are easy to edit and use (see video).
Icom 7300 and Ham Radio Deluxe DM780 Setup
It's really simple. I am using just the USB cable with this setup. The USB cable is a USB 2.0 A-Male to B-Male Cable w/Ferrite Core. See my Icom 7300 or Icom 7610 screen captures page for the radios internal settings. The rest is in the video and photos below.
I use my CI-V cable for WSJT-X rig control and other software programs. More on that later.
How Does My DM780 Look?
If you followed my other article on HRD Rig Control Quick Start you'll see how I fixed it. I reduced the number of useless buttons and made it more attractive, IMO.
I also did an article on HRD Logbook, Ham Radio Deluxe 8 Things to Know.
I've done the same with DM780. I got rid of buttons I don't use and customized it for a better look and feel.
DM780 Highlights of the Customization
- Useless buttons are gone.
- Radio Pane is visible.
- Add Log Entry is visible or accessible.
- Tags are visible.
- SuperSweeper running.
- Waterfall visible and customized.
- Logbook tab visible.
- Macros simplified.
Non Critical Items
- PSK Reporter is enabled.
- Send first name only checked in macros.
- RSID button added to toolbar and RSID enabled.
- Smiley faces enabled.
I will go over all of the items mentioned above and then some. * At 3:22 in the video I mention refreshing the “Quick Log” in DM780. I was mistaken, it doesn’t always need a refresh. I was having trouble and it is updating by itself now.
Next up… Running two radios (SO2R) and two instances of WSJT-X!
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.
Please stay in touch and best 73,