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!
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I found HRD to be one of the more difficult user interfaces I have seen but that is the problem with software with so much functionality. I stuck with it and happy I did.
Thanks for the video. I will check it out as I am sure you have some good idea’s.
Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.
HRD does have a lot to it. I like it and will keep using it for a while. I would like to see them add USB-D to the list of modes and I would like to see how their spectrum scope (waterfall display) works with the 7300 and 7610. It will be interesting.
Thanks and best 73!
Hey Rich. Great run through. Thanks.
Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here. I would like to do more with HRD so maybe more in the future.
Hi Rich tnx for this nice video,
Only one thing I Rich
How can I select in Hamradio Deluxe the mode USB-D1??
I doing PSK via USB-D1 but when i work PSK-3 in DM780 I cannot chooche USB-D1 only USB or RTTY or PSK ?
Rien, PA7RA Much to dicover for me Rich with IC-7610 and Ham Radio Deluxe hi
Do you see a drop down for Data? Choose from there.
How did you change the background color for the send and receive panels on DM780?
Hi Brad, Nice to hear from you. In DM780 go to Options>QSO>Receive tab. You’ll see it there. I hope this helps. 73!
Rich, just a note to say thank you. I just received my 7300 yesterday, and love it. You articles and videos had me up and running in a few hours. Please keep up the good work. I also purchased HRD and its awesome.
Congrats! It’s a great transceiver and I will be using mine daily while traveling this month. Maybe we’ll have a QSO.
Thank you so much for commenting. Best 73 & Good DX IN 2020!
I am now returning to DM780 after several years. Maybe you can help me. When one selects the DM780 mode (CW,PSK, …) it would be nice that the radio is switched automatically to the appropriate mode (CW,USB,..). However I was not able to figure out how to setup the program. I went thru your videos but I did not find the answer. Thanks for help. 73
Thank you for commenting.
I believe what you are looking for doesn’t work in DM780, if you are using the drop down. If I remember correctly that drop-down list is just for decoding. I am away camping and do not have access to HRD at the moment. Do you have your radio pane showing in DM780? You can use it to switch modes. As an alternative I have programmed memories into HRD so I can quickly go to my fav frequencies and put the radio in the correct mode.
There are also radio control macros that are very useful. See this https://k0pir.us/dm780-radio-control-macros/
I am using FLDGI right now while I am portable and it behaves similarly. From the drop-down it does not change the mode in the radio it just changes the software for decoding.
Thank you again and be safe, best 73!