Living in Laax, Switzerland, JN46pt.
First radio use - army cadet 1972, wireless set No 19.
First callsign GD8IQM (class B licence, February 26th, 1974), then GD4ELI (class A licence, September 18th, 1975).
Licenced as HB9DRV June 8th, 2001.
Motivation Behind HRD?
As a software engineer HRD is the ideal way to put something back into the hobby.
Interest started with the FT-817 - a cheap way to get a computer-controllable radio and experiment with radio control software.
- Experimenting with user interfaces.
- Making complex radios easier to use.
- Putting something back into our hobby.
- Feedback from users.
- Supporting over 20,000 users. Good example is the recent change in the QRZ.com layout which caused a lot of complaints.
- Radios with poor documentation and unreliable firmware.
- Currently adding a new digital mode program Digital Master 780.
- In 2008 a new satellite tracking program to coincide with the new series of High Earth Orbit satellites (P3E, Eagle).
- 2008 - full user interface makeover.
- Who knows?
Why Is HRD Popular?
- It's free to try,
- Free to use,
- Financed through donations.
That's it - who really know what's coming in 2009, 2010, ... ?