Ham Radio Deluxe Digital Master 780 DM780 Custom Look

I have used Ham Radio Deluxe DM780 for many years on and off. This time around I think I have finally got it simplified and configured the best I can for the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610. DM780 is an excellent digital program and has been improved upon over the years. Have a look at how I have it set up!

dm780 main and waterfall

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

  1. Useless buttons are gone.
  2. Radio Pane is visible.
  3. Add Log Entry is visible or accessible.
  4. Tags are visible.
  5. SuperSweeper running.
  6. Waterfall visible and customized.
  7. Logbook tab visible.
  8. Macros simplified.

Non Critical Items

  1. PSK Reporter is enabled.
  2. Send first name only checked in macros.
  3. RSID button added to toolbar and RSID enabled.
  4. Smiley faces enabled.

DM780 Video

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.

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Thank you

Next up Running two radios (SO2R) and two instances of WSJT-X!

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Please stay in touch and best 73,

Rich, K0PIR


Ham Radio Deluxe

K0PIR DM780 Macros

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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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Brad, N6GR
4 years ago

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.

Scott Campbell K5CBC
4 years ago

Hey Rich. Great run through. Thanks.

Rien Aarden
4 years ago

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


Brad, N6GR
4 years ago

Hi Rich,

How did you change the background color for the send and receive panels on DM780?


Rick WD4DT
3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

Hello Rich,

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

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