Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter

Have you seen the Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter? Well suffice it to say, it's off to a rocky start. I paid to renew my subscription and downloaded the latest HRD. My first impression is they have a long way to go before it's useful. I'll show below how to get it going and you can be ready for the maintenance release.

Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter

It was designed to work with compatible radios - ICOM IC-7300, IC-7610, IC-9700, and the Kenwood TS-890S.

Major issues:

  1. I get white flashes in the Panadapter.
  2. It crashes periodically and when it crashes, HRD Connect (rig control) closes.
  3. The Panadapter freezes up, a lot.

I look forward to their maintenance release. I like Ham Radio Deluxe, the logbook and DM780.

UPDATE 11/17/2019: The maintenance release is out.

Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter Setup

  • Use the USB cable for HRD connect. The CI-V USB baud rate (different from CI-V Baud Rate) in your Icom radio needs to be set to 115200. See my screen captures for the Icom 7300 and 7610.
  • Have the Spectrum Scope displayed on the radio before opening the HRD Panadapter.
  • To open the Panadapters in HRD go to Tools in the menu. You'll see the Panadapters, Main and Sub.

I will probably have a video out showing the Panadapter when they get it fixed and there is some documentation on it.

Thank you

Coming up: Digital Master 780 and RTTY FSK. It's working!

What are your thoughts on the Panadapter? If you have any questions, comments or solutions, please comment below. 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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Ham Radio Deluxe

Ham Radio Deluxe v6.7.0.244 Released - ! NEW FEATURE ! Ham Radio Deluxe Panadapter Display is released in its initial phase. It was designed to work with compatible radios - ICOM IC-7300, IC-7610, IC-9700, and the Kenwood TS-890S.

For the Icom 7610 I am using a computer monitor with a DVI connection.

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4 years ago

First of all, I want to thank you for all the great videos you’ve provided in the past.
I’ve set my 7610 to the settings you recommended for the Panadapter operation. First of all, I don’t see any activity on the Panadapter display. Secondly and more importantly now I’m unable to transmit either by pressing the Tune button on WSJT-X FT8 or the 7610 front panel Transmit button.
I need to go back to the original IC-7610 settings for FT8.

Jack – K4KSW

Al Bisasky
4 years ago

Hi Rich,

As far as the HRD Panadaptor is concerned, no worries, mate. She’ll be right. They’re good at fixing what’s wrong, Just give them some time to work it out.


4 years ago

Hi Rich I just stumbled across your article as I am less than impressed on the Panadapter with HRD and the 7610 . I purchased HRD in 2017 and soon stopped using it as I found it would not work as a Remote solution, but then Black Friday came around and by the time Cyber Monday kicked in I wanted to see this Panadapter function. Well I did see it then it disappeared then it came back then it stuck. Needless to say i’m even more unimpressed with HRD than I originally was at the expense of a few more dollars.

Boobg Moore
2 years ago

What do I need to use the panadapter in HRD? Do they need to work on it that much??

Dave Rinehart
2 years ago

Just discovered this article. I’m using HRD with 2 monitors (DM-780 in one by itself) and in the rig control window I have the panadaptor running continuously. I find it useful in determining adjacent signals even as it is. It has a bit of latency but nominally useful. I’m not clear on what the panadaptor “sub” function is though

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