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Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Updates

I originally wrote the post below back in May of 2012.  With all that’s currently going on with HRD over at QRZ, eHam and Reddit, I thought to bring my original post back to prominence.  And by the way, I still use the last FREE version of Ham Radio Deluxe (by Simon) with no issues whatsoever to this day (December 21, 2016).

Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD)The deal finalized 8 months ago in September, 2011, but it appears Ham Radio Deluxe was sold by Simon Brown (HB9DRV) to a group led by Mike Carper (WA9PIE), Randy Gawtry (K0CBH) and Rick Ruhl (W4PC).  Read the full story here on the ARRL Website.

This is the way it’s supposed to work.  You dedicate your time building an awesome product – then sell it and cash out!  Hopefully Simon did well.

The new website for Ham Radio Deluxe support is now at  There they have links to the new HRD Discussion Forum and also links to purchase their new version 5.21.

From everything I’ve been able to find out, it appears that all previous versions to 5.21 will always be free.  And me likes FREE!  Even though I was a steady Paypal donator to Simon previous to the sale, I think I’ll wait a bit before I pull the trigger on my credit card and pay $60 for their newest version.  I want to make sure they have the bugs worked out first.

While the new owners are working out their bugs, it dawned on me that I’d better find and grab the latest Logbook Country and Unique Database files before they disappear altogether.  For years K7PT did a fabulous job updating these files and making them available for all (and free) on his K7PT Website, but it seems he’s not doing that anymore with the ownership change.    So with K7PT not updating and with the Ham Radio Deluxe ownership change, I saved what I could find to MY server.  Surely in the coming months/years this program, Websites and files will disappear from the Internet but now I know where to look for them.  Anyway, here’s a few links to those latest files and the last, latest FREE version of Ham Radio Deluxe from Simon (right click link and “save as” to your computer):

LogbookCountryDataEx.xml (Updated April 1st, 2012)

UniqueCallSignDatabase.xml (updated April 10th, 2012)

And here’s a link to the latest FREE version of Ham Radio Deluxe (v5.0 Build 2893) built by Simon HB9DRV.

v5.0 Build 2893 Ham Radio Deluxe

Although there is another newer, FREE version from the new ownership group (v5.11a), Simon’s version (5.0, Build 2893) had worked perfect for me for the last year so I decided to stick with it and just update the LogbookCountryDataEX and UniqueCallSignDatabase .xml files for now.  When I booted v5.11a up, it scared me with a cheezy new ownership logo (with bubbles?) on it.  And with me not trusting the new ownership versions yet, I reloaded the last known free version from Simon (V5.0, Build 2893).

Perfect (for now), enjoy!

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  1. Steven says

    Here is what Jim N2SUB went thru because he left a bad review, Personally I think this is BS.
    Here the Link
    READ #8 on HRD Customer Agreement, Interestingly enough this Customer Agreement is No where to be found “at least I did not find it” when you purchase Link Here; But does say Lifetime of Bug Fixes Free, guess that only what they want to Fix. Price Tag $99.95
    Jim was Blacklisted and by Blacklisted I mean that what HRD told him see link above.
    Can also see Jim’s eHam Review Here;
    READ The Review before you judge and let it sink in that HRD Refuses to make a Fix for their own software.
    Now for my Experience, I asked them about RTTY and a few other Digi Modes. My reply was It SHOULD Work but we have no control over 3 party software compatibility but your welcomed to purchase our Software. I did not and I am glad i didn’t.

  2. N0UN says

    Looks like I saved at least $300 then. $100 for the paid HRD program, and $50 per year in “upgrades/renewals”.

    I update my LogbookCountryDataEX file with DXCC changes as they happen, pretty easy stuff. The last free version uploads to LoTW perfectly too.

    Sorry to see what N2SUB and others are going through. Looks like a bunch of us missed the train wreck altogether.

    What a shame – when Simon had it, it really was a first class operation.

  3. Nick says

    And HRD just put on Facebook that Rick is gone, Good on them, perhaps they can rebuild.

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