Ham Software Recommendation
What Ham Radio Software do you use? What do you recommend? Assume an ICOM-7300 SDR radio and Windows 10.
What is a must have? What would be the first few things that you would install?
Operator needs logging. Wants to do FT8. What else? Specify if free or not. Opinions?
Would like to integrate Logging, FT8, LOTW if possible...
Is there anything that could decode CW?
73 de Bill WØSUN
I'm currently using HRD ($100) for my logging on the home computer, for general logging. N1MM for contesting.
I use Log4OM (Free) on my POTA laptop.
Both are using either WSJT-X for JTDX for FT4/8, along with GridTracker. WSJT-X has some contest modes (FD for example). JTDX decodes better and as well as some other features I like (Activity timer).
As for CW decode, I use CWGet ($35). CW Get works fine with N1MM also.
I also use JTSync when off grid. This allows you to sync your clock to the signals received by WSJT/JTDX.
That's very helpful.
73 de Bill WØSUN
I use Ham Radio Deluxe. I find the whole suite of HRD very helpful. I think the HRD Logbook is very good with all the functionality it offers. I find Digital Master helpful for those difipmodes I have never used before but want to try, like PSK or Olivia.
the Satellite tracker program is very good and is fantastic for keeping the radio frequencies in sync with where the satellite is on a pass. (This would not be relevant for an IC-7300)
Bill I just started with Hamradio Delux. ($100) It is very feature loaded and may be overkill for what I want to do. It has some quirks. I have just started with both WSJTX and JTDX for FT8. getting them to talk with Hamradio Delux is a bit challenging and Paul has been helping me.
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