Ham Basics – Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook 8 Things to Know

I have been using Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook on and off for many years. It started with the free version and now I have the paid version. The latest of Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook is version 6.5. I've cleaned mine up, improved the speed, made it look nice and have it automated just how I like it. Wow what a difference! If you would like to see more, please keep reading.

Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook Streamlined

For too long I left the toolbar cluttered and too many things showing. A while back I fixed that. No more unusable icons and no more wasted space. No more cluttered tabs on the Add Log Entry (ALE) window. This cleanup is easy to do and it makes it easier to navigate.Ham radio deluxe logbook

Speed Improvement

WA9PIE, Mike did a video a while back installing a MySQL (Maria) database for HRD Logbook. I followed the video and it was a big improvement for me. If you have some experience with HRD Logbook and databases I recommend doing this. It helps with large logs. Otherwise you may want to stick to the default database, but you can help HRD Logbook by using "Edit Selections" and view only 100 to 500 records.


Ham Radio Deluxe Customizing the Appearance

It's easy to do and makes a big difference. In my software I like having the Radio Pane visible with my buttons and sliders. There's also the Audio Recorder and DX Cluster that is visible.


Tired of looking at the same colors and fonts? On the toolbar go to More>Appearance. Colors and fonts can be changed to make it more to your liking.

Uploading to Online Logbooks

I have always enjoyed the fact that HRD Logbook can automatically upload to my favorite online logbooks. Mainly QRZ.com (subscription required), eQSL.cc and HRDLog.net. Of course it will upload to LOTW, but you'll have to do that manually. It is very easy though.

Just create an account at each website. You can click on the links at the bottom of the page.

And there is one more, Clublog. I have been using it for a couple of years.

One Last thing - Save the Layout

Go to View>Layout>Save Layout A

ham radio deluxe logbook save layout

Ham Radio Basics HRD Logbook Video

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Thank you

More to come on DM780 and of course the DMR codeplug on my Ailunce HD1.

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.

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Please stay in touch and best 73,

Rich, K0PIR


MySQL (Maria) database for HRD Logbook





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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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5 years ago

Hello dear Rich
I’m using HRD Deluxe vers. 6.6.0. 236 on a win10/1903 pc. I like it.
But when I trie to add new selection in the logbook it failes everytime.
I open “edit selection” and I fill up the field Parameters, I klick on “Save in Selection list”, but when I trie the selection it failes, all Parameters have gone, the Programm just won’t keep them.

What do I wrong? Can you help me?
Thanks and vy 73 de Rene HB9DGZ

Chad K8CMW
4 years ago

Hi Rich,

First, thank you for your time and effort for sharing your knowledge with others. Currently I am shopping for a program for use with my Icom 7300 and have no experience with HRD. It really looks like a nice all around program. I see you can customize colors and fonts for the log page as you described above. Can you also change the font and colors of the rig control/frequency page? The black and gold I see on most sites would be an eye strain for me.Thanks in advance.

4 years ago


HRD is great.
Lately, I have decided to use it on the second computer at home (the first is in a ham shack). Is it possible to automatically synchronise logbooks on both computers?

Piotr SP9BP

Jarrod Fothergill K1LVA
4 years ago

Hey Rich, love your videos and your site. Extremely helpful! I’ve run into an issue with HRD logbook where my entire menu bar (file, edit, and all other configuration settings) are all missing. The only options I have are add, delete, etc. Any idea how to get the top toolbar back where you can pick your layout and all other means of configuring the program back. FYI program is fully up to date and it worked fine when I shut it down last. Thanks for any help.

Jarrod Fothergill
4 years ago

Hey Rich, I just wanted to let you know that I worked through the issue with the help of a support ticket. HRD was fantastic and gave a rapid response and on a Sunday as well! Here’s what they gave me that fixed the issue of the missing menu bar.

“ Close Logbook.
Go to C:\Users\your account\AppData\Roaming\HRDLLC\HRD Logbook\
Delete all LogbookMainLayout*.xml and LogbookSavedLayout*.xml files”

That brought the logbook layout back to its original state as if the software was freshly installed. I just wanted to share this with you and your viewers in case somebody else has this issue. 73 and thanks for your help.

Bill Fults
2 years ago

Can anyone tell me what the default font is for HRD logbook?

1 year ago

Good morning, Rich,
I am having a problem with my HRD logbook, and maybe you could give me some good advice.
On my old computer (win 10) with latest HRD installed, I have lost my Main menu for logbook. The solution is probably right in front of me, but I am not an ordinateur whiz and I cannot find it.

On other small problem, I loaded HRD suite on a new HP (win11) machine. I cannot get overlaid option in QSO forwarding, only ignore and merged. Any help will be appreciated.


1 year ago
Reply to  K0PIR

Same problem here – any resolution?

John Waite
11 months ago

VERY interested in the code plug for the Ailunce HD1. I am a total newbie to DMR and having all kinds of conflicting info coming thru. Needless to say, I am not up and running yet. Very informative site, thank you.

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