Category Archives: Software

New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new “candidate release,” WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It incorporates all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1.

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New “Pre-Release” Version of WSJT-X Includes FT8 Changes

A new “pre-release” version of WSJT-X now is available. This is the Amateur Radio digital software suite developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, that includes the new FT8 mode, which has been catching on like wildfire. The September 2 release, WSJT-Xversion 1.8.0-rc2, fixes a number of issues, provides better performance, and offers some new features.

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

Cofounder ejects over blacklist for bad reviews

The developer of Ham Radio Deluxe – a popular app used by thousands of hams – has restructured its management following claims it punished users who wrote critical reviews.

HRD Software said in a statement on Friday that co-founder Rick Ruhl will step down to pursue other interests. Ruhl, along with co-owners Mike Carper and Randy Gawtry, ran the radio software company after buying the rights to the code in 2011.

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N6EY to join HRD staff

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March 28, 2014

N6EY to join HRD staff; Updates Public Beta; SAM Callsign CD is ready for purchase

HRD Software, LLC announced today that Jason Boyer, N6EY, will be joining the Ham Radio Deluxe team to do sales, support and QA on the HRD project.

Many hams know Jason from his tenure the past 3 ½ years at M2 Antennas in Fresno, California. Prior to M2, he worked in the telecommunications field after a career in the United States Navy as an avionics technician. Jason’s past and amateur radio activities include serving in Navy-Marine Corps MARS as both a civilian volunteer and on active duty, VHF/UHF weak signal, and CW and digital modes on HF. His wife and two of his daughters also carry on the amateur radio tradition.

Rick Ruhl, W4PC, said, “HRD is going to increase phone support hours to 10 AM to 7PM, ET, M-F. Current HRD Tech Support Manager, KB3NPH, will handle the East Coast and European calls while Jason will handle the West Coast and Asian/Pacific calls. The long term plan is to have 24/7 support M-F with a couple more ham radio support people on the other side of the world.”

HRD continues to grow and add more hams to the staff.

The SAM Callbook CD for summer 2014 is now available for ordering on the website. The CD will ship on the 4th of April to current subscribers and anyone who purchases one of the options from the website. Pricing will stay the same as when VIS was supplying the CD.

The company also released Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.2 (Public Beta 3.3 for paid users). The sharp-eyed HRD users are always great in helping find the ‘gotchas’ in a new version. The final release date is not set, since a major goal will be the addition of JT9/65 and HF host mode support for the PK-232/SC+ and other Timewave TNCs.

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