Digital Master DM780

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Digital Master 780

Introduction

DM-780 is a very sophisticated, feature packed, program that allows you to send and receive many of the popular amateur radio digital modes, including SSTV and several PSK versions using a computer sound card. It supports AFSK modes as well as FSK RTTY.

The program integrates with the Ham Radio Deluxe Rig Control program to control band and frequency changes without exiting the program. It’s also integrates with the Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook to allow easy callsign look-ups and logging of your digital contacts through its built-in Add Log Entry (ALE) screen.

DM-780 has features not found in any other program on the market today. The SuperSweeper gives you the ability to view and decode multiple signals using CW, BPSK and RTTY in single window. You can also enable the SuperSweeper History file to keep track of and display information about callsigns you have heard from your location.

The SSTV module has a built-in editor for creating templates for your outgoing messages on background pictures from your own photo collections. It can also place an incoming picture within one of your outgoing pictures so your contact can see just exactly how his transmission looked when you received it. These are just a few of the many great features of DM-780.

Getting Started

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Start DM780 from within your Ham Radio Deluxe application by clicking on the DM780 button in the toolbar. For now continue to use the Dem-o-matic TS-2000 rig if you do not have a data interface with your radio.
When you first open the DM780 for the first time you will see a Getting started dialog that you must complete. The first item of business is entering your callsign.

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  • 1 Click where is says Click here. This will open the Programs Options window.
  • In the first dialog line your callsign should auto-populate with the callsign listed in License Manager.
  • Enter you name in the line below labeled Name. We will come back and enter more information later in this chapter.

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  • In the Programs Options window, select Soundcard in the first window on the left side.
  • Verify that correct sound card is selected. If it is not... well you know what to do. We will save calibration for a bit later.
  • Close the Program Options dialog window.

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  • On the Toolbar click on Radio if it is not open.
  • Click on the Configure button in the Radio tool bar. This will open the Radio Configure dialog window.

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  • The Configure Radio window is where you layout your display. This is similar to what you can do in Ham Radio Deluxe Rig Control. If you do not see any radio functions, click on the Connect button.

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  • You can close the Configure Radio window.

Interfaces

Rig Control

Before you really use the DM-780 program you must make some connections to your rig for CAT control and audio input/output.

Rig/CAT Control Rig/CAT control provides software control of your rigs receive and transmit features via a cable connected from the rig to either a serial port or USB port on your computer.

Some rigs, like the Kenwood TS-2000 only need a serial cable connection between the rig and the computer for rig control. Others require a CAT interface product of which there are several good ones on the market. Keep reading and we will discuss some of them. Some do rig control only while others interface rig control and audio.

Audio In/Out

You also need an audio interface to send and receive the data (Audio tones) to and from your rig and this is done by connecting your rigs audio output and input to your computers sound card.

DM-780 requires the use of a sound card some type of interface from the sound card to the radio. Although the computers built-in sound card can be used it is recommended you either install a second sound card. The second sound card can be either internal or external. The advantage of having the second sound card it can be used for your digital communications while eliminating the possibility of transmitting unwanted computer sounds. You would also be able to listen to music on your computer while still operating in the digital modes.
Next we need to interface the sound card to the radio. Interfacing can be done in so many ways that it would take days to plow through all the available information. You can do a Google search and find hundreds of articles on the subject. It is possible to connect your radio directly to your sound card without any form of isolation but it is not recommended. We’ll assume that you want to do things properly, so here is a home brew circuit that has proved its worth many times.
This solution will work with any Icom or Yaesu rig that has a 6-pin mini-DIN connector for external audio. It will work on just about any other rig but you will have to modify the connections to your radio. If you plan to use the circuit below, please check the actual connections to the mini-DIN connection of your rig.
Note: HRD Software LLC does not accept responsibility for damage to your rig should things go wrong.

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You should always use the rig’s high-impedance audio output if there is one available this supplies a constant signal level to the sound card. Most rigs also have a TX audio connector independent to the microphone input: you are advised to use this input. Some commercial interfaces don’t allow this: It is recommended that you avoid any interface requiring use of the microphone connector and speaker output of your radio unless there is no other option for getting the audio signals to and from the radio.

Commercial Interface Solutions

There are also some very nice commercial solutions available for interfacing the radio’s audio to the computer.
Timewave Technology has a very good reasonably priced CAT rig control product called the HamLink USB which allows rig control. As with all CAT rig control interfaces, the level of rig control is controlled by the capabilities of the rig.
Timewave also offers the PK232SC - which has a built in sound card and CAT rig control. This unit has many other useful features such as Digital Signal Processing which helps clean up the audio signal. More information can be found at their website: http://www.timewave.com
Tigertronics provides two different interfaces. One has a built-in sound card and one does not. The advantage of having an interface with a built-in sound card is it frees up the computer’s internal sound card for computer audio, such as listening to CDs, while using the external sound card for the digital modes.

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The SL-1+ connects to your computer's sound card and to your radio's Mic, Data or Accessory Port. It is designed to work with ALL computer sound cards, and with ALL radios. The SignaLink SL-1+ is compact, low powered and fully isolated for optimum performance. It supports ALL sound card Digital and Voice modes, and does NOT use a serial or USB port!

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Note: Neither SignalLink product interfaces with the radio for CAT control. These are soundcard only interfaces.
The SignaLink™ USB combines the legendary performance of their SignaLink SL-1+ with a state of the art “built-in” low-noise sound card. The SignaLink USB has only one USB connection to the computer, and in most cases, only one connection to the radio. Convenient front panel controls make setup and operation very easy. The SignaLink USB is fully isolated and is compatible with ALL radio Mic, Data, and Accessory Ports, and supports virtually ALL sound card Digital and Voice modes. Both of the above interfaces are available from on the Tigertronics website at http://www.tigertronics.com
Another commercial solution to interfacing the radio’s audio to the computer is the Navigator.

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The Timewave Navigator interface is available on the web from Timewave. The website is at https://timewave.com/product/navigator-sound-card-modem/ The Timewave Navigator is a high quality interface between the rig and the computer, for use in running the digital modes such as PSK31, Olivia, MFSK, Hellschreiber, MT-63, etc. It also works fine for SSTV.
The Navigator interfaces to the rig using a USB port, thus it does not require a serial port on the computer. The Navigator has a built-in sound card for audio from the radio to the computer. It also provides CAT control to the rig via a serial connection from the Navigator to the rig. The Navigator is completely configured and defined in software, and future updates are expected to be flash-ROM updates that can be installed by the user.
The Navigator is also directly supported by DM-780 by clicking on Program Options and then selecting Navigator from the list of options on the left side of the window.

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The microKEYER II™ is the most powerful single radio All-In-One USB interface and the only USB interface to fully support voice operation including microphone switching. With an single USB port, micro KEYER II™ works with any Windows based logging or control program for CW, voice, FSK and digital (RTTY, PSK31, SSTV, OLIVIA, MFSK, WSJT, etc.) operation. micro KEYER II™ includes a radio control interface that supports all standards (RS-232, CI-V, Kenwood and Yaesu TTL), a powerful CW memory keyer using K1EL's WinKey, a Digital Voice Keyer, two channel audio for transceivers with dual receivers, automatic microphone selection, and a buffer/sequencer for amplifier or LNA control. microKeyer II is available from the MicroHam website at http://www.microham.com.
West Mountain Radio offers several RIGblaster products with various features. Visit their website at http://www.westmountainradio.com for more information.
Note: Because West Mountain Radio control the radio in a slightly different manner we had to add special support for these interfaces. Please visit the Options in Ham Radio Deluxe and select the COM Port TX tab then click the West Mountain - RIGblaster support box (See image below)

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Other companies who provide audio interfacing solutions that work well are:
If you choose to use one of the commercial audio interfaces, make certain you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for installation and set up.

Program Options Overview

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Clicking on the Program Options icon brings up the menu where you can configure the appearance and many options found in DM-780. Below is a brief description of each option.

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Program Options Menu
  • Appearance: Select the theme and skins used for the main display
  • Callsign (My Info): Enter information about your station used in macro tags and the My Station screens.
  • Clock: Configure appearance and time format of the tool bar clock
  • Logbook: Configures and connects DM-780 to Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook.
  • Modes + IDs: Configure CW and RTTY Ports and setup RSID and Video ID
  • PTT: Configure transmit Push To Talk options
  • Radio: Configure appearance of the radio pane
  • QSO: Configure appearance of the receive and transmit panes
  • Soundcard: Configuration of the soundcard used by DM-780
  • Sounds: Enable warning sounds used by DM-780
  • Storage: Configure program and storage directories for DM-780
  • SuperSweeper: Configure DM-780’s panoramic frequency monitor screen
  • Waterfall: Configure DM-780’s waterfall appearance and options
  • Alarms: Set and maintain alarms
  • Favorites: Set up and maintain frequency/mode listings
  • Macros: Access to the Macro Manager
  • Modes: Create Modes tool bar on the waterfall display
  • Navigator: Configuration for U.S. Interface Navigator
  • Audio Recorder: Configure Ham Radio Deluxe audio recorder utility
  • PSK Reporter: Configure PSK Propagation Reporter
  • Soundcard Calibration: Calibrates soundcard for use in SSTV
  • Time Synchronization: Adjust computer’s time to national time standards

Configuring DM-780

You should now have your audio connection made between the radio and the computer so it’s time to start configuring DM-780.

Now, let’s get started. DM-780 can be run as a standalone program, however, to take advantage of the many integrated features from Rig Control and Logbook, we recommend running the entire Ham Radio Deluxe suite.

Your Information

  • Select Program Options from the Toolbar. This will bring up the Program Options window used to configure DM-780.
  • Select Callsign (MyInfo) from the menu on the left side of the screen.

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  • Enter any additional information that you would like displayed. The center portion of this option contains information about you and your station used for substitution tags within DM-780 macro sets. We’ll discuss setting up the macro sets later on in the documentation, but for now, just type in all information under the QSO Tags section. Don’t worry about the lack of a SAVE button on this screen, your data is automatically saved when you exit this screen by clicking the red X in the upper right corner of the display.

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  • After you have entered the information in the QSO Tag portion, you will notice on the right side there is a button Edit My Station Direct. Clicking on this brings up the My Station data screen.
Information in the My Station screen is used by Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook. If you have already set up the Logbook portion of the suite, this screen should be populated with the required information and you can just close it out and continue with the set up.

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My Station Set Up

Ham Radio Deluxe allows you to set up multiple QTH locations. This allows you to have a “Home” location as well as other locations such as a vacation home or favorite portable locations.

Multiple Callsigns

If your License Manager shows more than one callsign such as for parent and child or husband and wife, you are able to enter station set up information for each callsign. You can also set up “Guest” accounts for club or special event stations.

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If you haven’t already set up the My Station data, in the Description field you see the word HOME for a profile of your Home QTH. This generates your main “location”. Then go ahead and fill in all the rest of the information for this location. Please note which fields are required if you use one of the DX Clusters.
Most of the fields are self-explanatory. A couple of the fields do need a little explanation. The field SIG stands for Special Interest Group. This could be a club or any organization you belong to. The SIG Info field could be a website address for a group. You could leave these fields blank if you like.

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Another spot you might need help is once you enter your Locator, for example EN36QR, if you hit the little arrow that points downward, that will automatically fill in your Latitude and Longitude fields.

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By the same token, if you know your Latitude / Longitude, enter them and hit the upward pointing arrow to fill in your Locator.
If you operate from mobile or maybe have a vacation home, you can generate My Station profiles for those locations as well by clicking on the Add Location button. You can copy the data from the Home location to be placed in an additional location then just edit anything that is to be different for that profile. Each profile is auto-saved when you exit the screen by clicking the red X in the upper right corner.
Once you’ve completed configuring your Tags and My Station, your almost home. Just a couple more things before you can go on the air live with DM-780.

Soundcard Setup

Now that we have our sound card interfaced to the radio and our personal information set up its time to start configuring DM-780 to receive some signals. The first thing we need to do is tell our software where the sound card for our digital operation is located.
  • Click on Program Options, on the toolbar.
  • Select the soundcard option.

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  • Locate the Input (Receive) device at the top of the options. There is a dropdown box where you select the input device on the sound card that receives the audio from the radio. In this illustration we are using the Microphone input from our USB external sound card.
  • For the Output (Transmit) device, another drop-down box where you select to send the audio from the sound card to the radio. In this case, the Speakers of our external sound card is selected.
  • Everything else should be left at DEFAULT for your system at this time. Just click the “X” in the upper right corner to exit the Program Options and your settings will be saved automatically.
You should now be back to the Getting Started Screen in DM-780. To clear this window, let’s click on the “X” on the tab just to the right of where it says “Getting Started”. This tab is located just below the QSO and the SuperSweeper icons on the menu bar. Your screen should now look like the picture below.

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DM-780 Tour

Now that we have the bawsic setup completed for DM-780 it is time to take a tour of the program. You will find this program to be both confusing and easy at the same time. That is what happens when you have a powerful application available to use.

DM-780 Toolbar

QSO Window Click on the QSO icon, located on the left end of the toolbar. This is going to open the DM-780 main display window.

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The CW Mode screen above is divided into several sections. The larger white section is the receive panel, the smaller white section is the transmit panel.
On the left side of the screen are several tabs. The top one is for the ALE (Add Log Entry) panel. The next one is for Macros. Both of these will be discussed in detail later in this section. The bottom tab opens the Tag window which you have already seen.
The receive panel and transmit panel are self-explanatory. The receive panel is where incoming text is displayed. The transmit panel is where text is prepared for transmission. The ALE (Add Log Entry) section is just that. This is where data about your contact is placed to be added to the logbook after your QSO is over. Information in the ALE can be entered manually from the keyboard or automatically from one of the Call Sign look-up services configured in HRD’s logbook module.

Changing Operating Mode

To change this window to a different operating mode click on the mode select tab in the top left corner of the QSO window, There you will see over a dozen different digital operating modes displayed. Each of these modes is further sub-divided into variants of the digital mode. Note our example of PSK offers three variants of PSK for you to choose from. We have selected to most popular PSK operating mode.

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After you have made your selection you will notice that there has been some subtle changes in the QSO window for operating in PSK.

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Some things, however, have not changed as they are common to all of the operating modes.
Next to the mode selection tab is a series of tool icons. In order from the left:
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Save Received Text - This allows you to save all your received text to a file in Rich Text Format in a location of your choice.
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Viewer - Opens a viewer so you can view your saved received text.
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Erase - Clear the receive screen.
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Alarms - Manage and select user defined alarms. Help you spot desired stations.
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Channels - Select to receive one, two or three channels at one time. Allows you to keep tabs on up to three different conversations at one time. You can only transmit on the Main channel which is the top most or left most depending upon your display choice.
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Options - This is another way to access Program Options that you have access through the toolbar.

Waterfall

There is one important panel missing from our display. There has to be a way to tune in the digital signals on a frequency. That’s the job of the Waterfall.

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On the tool bar click the Waterfall icon.

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The waterfall is a requirement for working PSK and this version is loaded with features to make your digital contacts jump. Full operational details can be found later in this section.

SuperSweeper

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SuperSweeper is a great tool to see what is happening on the bands. This high powered tool allows you to set alarms to alert you of stations that you want to locate. The blue signal is caused by an alarm for stations calling CQ. The setting up and use of SuperSweeper is discussed later in the section.

Radio Panel Thee next operational feature found on the toolbar is Radio. This allows control of your radio without switching back to Rig Control.

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You can see that you have some controls displayed when you open up the window. There are built in features.
There are several items in the radio panel toolbar that make operation easier. The << and >> icons shift your frequency up or down in 500 Hz increments.

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The next group of icons allow to tune to preselected favorite frequencies either by selecting the frequency from the drop down list or by using the two arrow icons to scroll through the list. You can managed the contents of this list by selecting Manager from the drop down list.

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Radio Panel Config

The last icon in the Radio panel is the config button. This allows you to cofigure buttons, drop downs and sliders that are very similar to those you set up in Rig Control. If the item does not have a label, no function is assigned and it does not display.

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To assign a function to one of the buttons, click on a button to select it and you will see a Select Button window where you can make your assignment. Do the same for the drop downs and sliders. When you are done click on the Save button.
The remainder of the icon buttons in the toolbar should be familiar to you by now.

Main Window Tour

We now return back to our main display.
Now, let’s review selecting a mode. The most popular of the digital modes is BPSK-31 and the most used frequency for this mode is 14.070 in the 20 meter band. At this time, tune your radio to 14.070 and set it to upper sideband, since ALL digital modes are used in upper sideband, with maybe one exception and that’s QPSK which can be used in USB or LSB. You might also want to tune your antenna for lowest SWR on this frequency before we go any farther.
Next, in the upper left corner of the large receive panel, you will see a small tab with a drop-down arrow. Clicking on this brings up the Modes menu. Highlight PSK and another menu will show up with BPSK-31, BPSK-63 and BPSK-125. Click on the BPSK-31 mode to select.

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Looking at the main display, you will also notice that the tab just above the ALE also reflects the current mode being used. We have selected the mode so now take a close look at the Waterfall.

Waterfall

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The Waterfall actually has three sections. The top gray section is the Waterfall tool bar. The black area contains audio frequencies calibrated in HZ, and the blue area is the actual Waterfall. The reason for the name is the light colored signal traces flow from the top to the bottom of the display just like a waterfall. The traces are actually signals from different stations.

PSK Bandwith

The bandwidth of a BPSK-31 signal is 31.25 Hz. Our waterfall is about 3000 Hz wide. Since BPSK has such a narrow bandwidth, the use of audio off-set frequencies can be used to display many BPSK signals on the waterfall at one time. Notice how each signal is displayed under a different audio frequency on the waterfall. In the picture on the left you see what our cursor looks like on the waterfall. The yellow bar is about 31.25 Hz wide. There is an arrow at the top of the cursor and two lines extending downward from the cursor. Placing he cursor on a BPSK-31 signal with the arrow in the center of the signal and the trailing lines on either side of the signal tunes in the base frequency of 14.070 + the audio frequency off-set to allow you to decode that signal in the Receive panel.

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Go ahead and try a few on your own. It takes a little practice to position the cursor properly.

Display Check

At this point if you are not showing any traces on your waterfall or are unable to decode the traces, go back and recheck your sound card settings, cables, and if using a commercial audio interface, read the manufacturer’s installation instructions over again to make sure everything is set correctly.
Once you are receiving and decoding signals its time to try to transmit using DM-780 and BPSK-31.

Transmit Panel

The Transmit panel is where you prepare text to be transmitted. This text can either be entered manually thru the keyboard or by using one of the pre-defined macros. For this test we will be entering the text manually.
In the waterfall, place your cursor somewhere near the center of the waterfall on an area where you don’t see any signals. Wait a short time to make sure the frequency is clear and then proceed.
Before we continue with the transmit test it is recommended you install a dummy load, if you have one. If you don’t have a dummy load it’s best then to decrease your RF output to it’s lowest possible setting which will give you some deflection of your power meter to indicate you are indeed transmitting.
Place your cursor inside the lower Transmit panel of the main display. Now, type in the following:
CQ CQ CQ DE (your callsign 3 times with a space between each) followed by PSE K
The transmit panel should look something like this:

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Transmitting

Pressing the Send or the F4 key will transmit the string you just typed in the Transmit panel. Your transmitter should now key and the text transmitted. As the text transmits it will show in the Receive panel and a strike-through will move through the text in the Transmit panel. Immediately after sending the text, press the Stop or the F5 key to un-key your transmitter.

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If your transmitter keyed and you have seen deflection on your power meter, you’re in business. If the transmitter keyed and you see no deflection of the power meter, first, go back through the audio set up and make sure you have selected the proper Output (Transmit) device in the Program Options sound card settings. If everything is correct there, try increasing the RF power just a bit and maybe even increasing the audio volume on the sound card you’re using. If you’re using one of the commercial external interface devices, check the installation instructions to make sure you have everything set correctly for the unit you’re using.
If all else fails, first contact the manufacturer or distributor for the sound card device your using. If all seems fine there contact HRD support through one of the methods listed on the support page at https://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com

Transmit Toolbar

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Clicking on the Send button OR pressing the F4 key starts transmitting data currently in the Transmit panel.
The Auto button or F2 on your keyboard will start transmitting data currently in the Transmit panel and will automatically stop and return to receive mode when all text is sent.
The next two options are normally grayed out when in the receive mode. They are the Pause (F3) and Stop (F5) buttons. The Pause button allows you to pause transmitted text at any point while it is send. This allows you to edit the text following the pause, such as inserting a comment or deleting part of it, then clicking the Pause again resumes transmission where it left off to the end of the text.
The Stop (F5) immediately stops the transmission and returns the rig to the receive mode. The Break-In is a toggle and turns the Break-In mode ON or OFF. With this mode toggled on, text that is typed into the transmit panel is sent immediately, however, if you pause typing while this mode is turned on, the transmitter switches back to receive. Once you start typing again, the transmitter keys and you continue from where you stopped. This allows you to listen briefly to see if your contact is trying to Break-In on your transmission, just like is done during CW operation when a sender pauses briefly to see if his contact is trying to break in.
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As text is being sent, an overstrike line moves thru the text in the Transmit panel. If you Pause the transmission at any point, when you Un-pause it, the transmission continues where you left off. Pressing this icon removes the overstrike line from the sent portion of the text making it appear to be un-sent. When you resume, the transmission begins again from the beginning of the text in the window.
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The Eraser icon does just that. Pressing this icon erases all text in the Transmit Panel.
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DM-780 can send the contents of text files. Clicking on this icon allows you to navigate to a folder where you have text files stored. Once in the folder you can select a text file which will automatically be opened in the Transmit Panel where you can then transmit the contents of the file.
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Clicking on this icon allows you split frequency operation in the current passband. To do this, first select the frequency or audio frequency where you want to transmit. Place your main cursor on that frequency and press the lock icon. An indicator will appear with a TX inside a little box that shows the transmit frequency. This will be the frequency where your contact will receive your transmissions.
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Now, move your cursor to the frequency you are receiving on. This will be your contacts Transmit frequency. When you transmit, DM-780 will automatically shift and transmit on the frequency indicated by the TX marker on the Waterfall. In this case, the audio frequency is 1600 for transmit and 1700 for receive, a 100 Hz split.
To clear the split and go back to normal, just click that lock icon to release it.
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This icon brings up a drop-down menu that allows you to turn off or set an interval timer. This comes in handy when calling CQ. You can set a time interval in this option to automatically send a CQ call for you at the specified time interval. Once you set a time interval, you start sending your CQ macro. Once it starts sending you will see the Repeat icon on the tool bar becomes active. Clicking on the Repeat icon now sets DM-780 to transmit the CQ macro, wait the preset time interval, and resend the macro again. This will continue until you click the Repeat icon to toggle the repeat off.
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This is the icon to toggle your RSID on or off. For those not familiar with RSID, it stands for Reed-Solomon ID RSID was originally developed by Patrick Lindecker, F6CTE. The Reed-Solomon ID (RSID) is a short 16-tone MFSK transmission which identifies the mode in use. The RSID transmission is about 180Hz wide and lasts for just less than two seconds.
You should enable RSID when using an 'exotic' mode such as Olivia so that users of programs with RSID support know what mode you are using. For a full list of modes supported by this program look in the Program Options for Modes + IDs.
There are two ways to enable RSID: 1) In Program Options select Modes + Ids and check the option to show the RSID button in the Transmit tool bar, 2)Add the tag <rsid> to the beginning of a CQ macro. The latter is most recommended since it is rather annoying to have the RSID popup coming up EVERY time a contact transmits during a QSO. By including the tag in the CQ macro, the RSID information only displays when the CQ is received.
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When activated, the Video ID places text in the waterfall which can be seen by the sending and receiving stations. The Video ID is based on the Hellschrieber digital mode.

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The Video ID is set up in the Modes + IDs area in the Program Options display of DM-780. Above you can see there are several items you can have sent in the Video ID. Callsign, Mode, or both. When activated a display is seen on the Waterfall that looks similar to the one shown above. It can be sent in a Vertical or a Horizontal display. This is an eye-catcher for anyone sitting watching the waterfall.
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This next icon toggles a mini-logbook display on the Transmit tool bar. Click once to turn it on and again to turn it off.

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Last but not least, clicking on this icon activates the QSO Options panel from the Program Options menu.

Receive Panel Toolbar

We’ve gone through the options on the Waterfall and the Transmit toolbars, so now we’ll look at the Receive Panel Toolbar.

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Clicking on this icon revels a drop-down menu where you can select the digital mode you would like to operate.
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Click on this icon to allow you to save to a file all the text in the current receive panel.
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Opens a Viewer to allow you to go back and review all text in the receive panel.
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This icon erases all text in the receive panel.
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Clicking on this icon allows you to manage, select and activate alarms.
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These icons move your cursor up and down the waterfall to the next active signal.
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Rewind (replay) the last transmission on the current frequency selected on the Waterfall.
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This icon has a drop-down menu that allows you to activate up to three receive panes (channels), along with associated channel markers for each channel on the Waterfall. This allows you to monitor and participate in three QSOs at the same time, if you are one of those “Muli-taskers”…..
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Activates the QSO Options panel in the Program Options Menu.

Waterfall Toolbar

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Looking at the Waterfall tool bar you will see buttons that control various things. On the left end you will see ZOOM. To the right of word ZOOM you will see a left pointing arrow, the number x1 followed by a right pointing arrow. This number controls the magnification of the waterfall. Click on the x1 will increment it to x2 and the arrows on each side will become active. Pressing on the left arrow will now shift the waterfall to the left and pressing the right arrow will shift it to the right. The magnification can be increased up to x4 by clicking on the number.
To the right of the word Main you will see a number. In the above picture the number is 1862. That is the audio frequency that your main cursor is currently sitting on. On the left of this number you can see the left pointing solid red arrow. Clicking on this arrow moves the main cursor down the waterfall in 10 Hz increments. Clicking on the left pointing chevrons, between the arrow and the number, moves the cursor down the waterfall in increments of 1 Hz. These can be used for fine tuning in on a waterfall signal. The arrow and chevrons on the right side perform the same function except they move the cursor up the waterfall.
The next control is Signal. The blue arrows to the right move the cursor up or down the waterfall to the next signal detected.
The Re-cycle symbol to the right of this plays back the last transmission received from a trace on the waterfall.
AFC toggles the Automatic Frequency Control on or off.
The Decode button toggles a little receive pane on the waterfall that displays the text being received from the signal your cursor is centered on.
The Option button brings up the Waterfall Options screen where visual changes can be made to the Waterfall.
Next is the Frequency Tool bar. When activated from the Options it displays the frequency the radio is tuned to. HRD Rig Control must be running for this option to work.
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The rest of the tool bar explains itself. There is a list of bands. Clicking on a band button brings up a drop-down list of frequencies available on the band which are used by the mode you are in. If you change mode, the available frequencies change. Check the frequency to change the radio frequency.
Clicking on the Faves tool activates the Favorite Frequency panel. This panel contains an editable listing of modes and frequencies normally used by the modes in each band. Items with check marks in the Enabled column are the ones contained in the band buttons we previously described.
The Modes icon activates a panel where you can add another tool bar to the waterfall. This would be a Modes Tool bar, and could be displayed by individual mode buttons, such as BPSK-31, Olivia, RTTY, CW SSB, etc. It could also be configured to just display groups with drop-down pick menus for each mode. This is a choice for the operator. Use the extra space for the waterfall or take part of the waterfall to display this tool bar.

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Configuration Tabs

Above is the Waterfall Configuration panel. There are 4 tabs on this panel and each configure a different aspect of the waterfall. Below is a list of the options that are configured from this tab.

Waterfall Options Center Frequency Marker

Define up to three center frequencies, normally set to the center of a narrow filter. When enabled a [C] button is displayed in the waterfall tool bar.

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You must also define a Radio macro button to enable the narrow filter - or select the filter from the radio pane in DM780 or from your radio's front panel.

Radio Macros

It is normally convenient to display special radio macro buttons in the waterfall tool bar. Typically radio macros are used to enable narrow or wide filters.

Various

Erase when changing frequency - erase the waterfall when the radio frequency changes.

Only update if visible - only updates the waterfall f visible - saves CPU cycles on computers with less powerful graphics cards.

Show radio frequency tool bar - shows the current radio frequency in the waterfall tool bar.

Show sound card in window title - shows the name of the current sound card selection in the waterfall title bar.

Tuning Guides

Tuning guides - channels - vertical bars displayed in the waterfall when help you position the M, A and B channels over the received signal.

Tuning guides - mouse - vertical bars displayed at the current mouse position in the waterfall, helps you correctly select a signal.

Tuning indicator - the traditional display which helps you tune a signal correctly.

Waterfall Configuration

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Waterfall Color Options

On this option panel the operator can adjust the color settings of the Waterfall to his own preference. This is strictly a trial and error type adjustment. If you don’t like one color setting, try another until you find something that you like and is easy on your eyes.

Waterfall color settings do not affect decoding!

The waterfall display takes the audio from the sound card and converts it to power (signal strength). If you enable the Spectrum option you see the relative signal amplitude. Use the color schemes to highlight the signal peaks so that you can find the signal traces.

Suggested Schemes

The best and most commonly used schemes are: Default and Scope 1

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Frequency, Mode, Speed Tab

This top section allows you to select the Mode for the Waterfall. You can display the standard Waterfall, display a Spectrum representation, or both. You can also adjust the Passband width to your taste. You can also adjust the speed that the Waterfall moves. The higher the speed the higher the CPU usage, so those with a slow CPU might want to select a slow speed to avoid a possible jerky display or pauses during printing of received or transmitted text.
The center portion of the above panel adjusts the Waterfall Display Mode only, and does not affect decoding. This section adjusts for clipping of the signal. Use clipping to shift the data so that baseline noise is at the bottom of the screen, thus giving a larger viewing dynamic range.
The lower portion of the panel adjusts the appearance of the frequency bar of the Waterfall. You can select the background and text color, and font for the numeric display. You can also adjust it to show either the audio frequencies or show the RF frequency + Audio. To do the later, requires a radio connection.

Weak Signal Configuration

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This panel helps adjust and compensate for weak signals on the Waterfall.

Enhance / Amplify

When enabled all signals are uniformly increased in strength so that the strongest signal is at the maximum strength, similar to your radio's AGC option.

Advanced

When enabled automatic gain is applied to all signals by using an advanced digital amplifier algorithm.
This amplifier has both gain and bandwidth, the signal is amplified by the selected gain such that the signal strength of the strongest signal inside the bandwidth does not get clipped or cause visual overload.

Gain

The gain applied to the signal, range is 0 to 100%. The effect of gain depends to a large extent on the current Color scheme (selected in the Colors page).

Bandwidth

The bandwidth of the amplification applied to each signal, range is 100 to 1,000Hz. Now that we have DM-780 configured, can both transmit and receive digital modes, and have gone through some of the various tool bar options, its time to start looking into the more advanced features of the program. This includes the use of macros to create shortcuts to use during your QSOs, logging QSOs, using SSTV and customizing your display.
Since you should be basically up and running at this point, HRD Software LLC would like to welcome you to the fascinating world of Digital Communications.

Main Display Configuration

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There are many configuration options available for the visual display of DM-780. If you will notice there is a scroll bar located on the right side of the ALE panel. Using the scroll bar and sliding down to the bottom of the ALE reveals more control buttons for the ALE. Many people don’t like to have to use this scroll bar so one option is to reduce the hight of the Waterfall.
Placing your cursor along the top edge of the waterfall, just below the transmit panel, clicking and holding the left mouse button, will allow you to drag the top of the Waterfall down so you can see the options on the bottom of the ALE. Doing this, though, brings up another problem. When you get it to the point where you can see the bottom of the ALE, the Waterfall is so narrow it makes it hard to select the signals.

Full Screen Mode

An alternative would be to press your F11 key. This takes the display to the Full Screen mode.

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Now in this mode you can see the lower part of the ALE, and as you will learn later, below the three icons at the bottom a line of text will appear when you have a call in the Callsign box indicating the worked status of that call. Plenty of room for all of that now, but another problem has been introduced.
You have lost your tool bar and have no way of selecting any other options available.

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SOLUTION: Select an empty spot on the tool bar and click your right mouse button. A menu will pop up looking like the one at the left. Un-check each of those checked options in this menu to remove them from the tool bar. Remember, removing the Clock from the tool bar isn’t going to hurt you, you always have the system clock on the Windows Task bar. The frequency is displayed on the Waterfall tool bar. Everything else will now be available from the Text Menu at the top of the screen.
Now you can adjust the height of the waterfall to something easier to work with and still see the entire ALE without having to use the scroll bar.

Multiple QSO Windows

On the Text menu at the top of the display, click on QSO and select New Window. You will see a new tab appear on the display. The tab will be identical to the first one created. Click on this new tab. It doesn’t look like anything changed. Your still in the BPSK-31 mode and the screen looks just like the previous tab.

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Click on the BPSK-31 tab, in the upper left corner of the Receive panel. When the dropdown selection box opens, come down to RTTY and click on RTTY-45. You now have TWO mode tabs open on the main display.
Let’s try another. Click on QSO on the Menu and select New Window. You now have THREE mode tabs. In this new tab, let’s select Olivia 8/500.
The tabs in your display should look like the following picture.

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You can have as many mode tabs open as you like and easily switch back and forth just by clicking on the tabs. To close a tab just click on the “X” located to the right of the tab name.
If you a QSO and someone sends you a link a website, you don’t have to exit DM-780 to view the site. You don’t even have to open your favorite browser. All you have to do is click on the link, in the receive panel, a browser tab will open to the website you clicked.

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Looking closely at the above picture, you can see you now have four tabs on the display. Three Mode tabs and the Browser tab.

Digital Modes

At present, DM-780 handles 14 of the most popular digital modes used in amateur radio. These modes are BPSK, QPSK, CONTESTIA, CW, DOMINOEX, HELLSCHRIEBER (HELL), MFSK, MT63, OLIVIA, RTTY, RTTYM, THOR and THROB and VOICE. Each mode is subdivided into variants of the mode.

The mode can be selected from a number of places in the DM-780 display, depending on how you customize your display. Modes can also be selected by right-clicking on the waterfall and choosing from the popup menu.

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You can select from the Modes Pane, which can be pinned to the display or by clicking on the small mode drop-down tab located in the upper left corner of the Receive Pane.

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You will find that some modes, like BPSK and QPSK require only about 25 to 40 watts to maintain a good QSO contact, while others require more power. You will also find that some modes, like OLIVIA and CONTESTIA, require more RF power but perform extremely well under adverse band conditions. You can often be able to copy an extremely weak DX station when there is a high noise level using one of these modes.
Experimenting with the different modes and variants can be a lot of fun and you can find the mode that works best for you under even the worst band conditions.

Logging QSOs

DM-780’s integration with the Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook makes it very simple to log each QSO by using the ALE (Add Log Entry) panel.

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Add Log Entry (ALE) panel

If you do not have Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook running and are not connected to it, this panel will be grayed out. If active, you can manually enter a callsign in the Call field, press the TAB key on your keyboard and depending on how you have the call lookup configured in Logbook, the call will be looked up and all information will be populated in the ALE.
Once the callsign and other information is entered in the ALE, the “HIS TABS” will become active in the macros and when used will be replaced with the data from the ALE window.
There is also an alternate method of entering the callsign into the ALE and automatically completing the look-up.
You can place your mouse cursor on the callsign in the Receive Pane and right-click.

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ALE Alternate Method

Using this method brings up a context menu where you can select Callsign, left-click and the call will automatically be added to the ALE and the look-up will be performed to populate the rest of the data. This method makes logging quick and easy, especially during contesting.
In performing this alternate method of entering a callsign into the ALE, you might have noticed another feature of DM-780. When you hover over a callsign, a balloon will pop up indicating whether you have worked and logged the call in the past.

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Worked Status Pop-up

Again, these features will only work if you have Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook running and connected to DM-780.

SuperSweeper

From the DM-780 tool bar, clicking on the SuperSweeper icon adds a tab to the main DM-780 display and brings up an outstanding feature of the program.

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SuperSweeper Display

You can now switch between the SuperSweeper and the BPSK-31 display by clicking on the tabs just above the display window. You can also close the active window by clicking the “X” on the right end of the tab.

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BPSK-31 – SuperSweeper Tabs

The advantage of using the SuperSweeper window is its capability to decode multiple signals on one screen. This is a lot different than using the main display with the waterfall or spectrum display where you can decode only the signal you have marked with your cursor.

Modes

Modes available in SuperSweeper are selected by clicking on the drop-down mode indicator in the upper left corner of the window.

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SuperSweeper Mode Selection

In the screen shot above, you will notice the call AK4VN followed by a check mark and a red X. If you have HRD Logbook running and are connected, when SuperSweeper recognizes a call it places it on the end of the red trace. The symbols after the call are Work Status Indicators. The first, the green check mark, indicates you have worked the country of origin for this call. The red X indicates that you HAVE NOT worked this operator. In the above, what we’re seeing is, the country of origin of this call is the United States and we have worked it, but we have not had a QSO with AK4VN.

History Report

Another useful feature of SuperSweeper is the History report. Clicking on the History icon in the SuperSweeper tool bar brings up this feature.

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When enabled, the History logs callsigns recognized, by SuperSweeper, the time, band, continent and country of origin. It also shows if you have worked the country, indicated by either a green check mark for worked or a red X for not worked, and whether or not you have worked that particular call.
This feature can come in handy if you are trying to determine how the propagation on a band is running. You can find what areas are being received the most, at your local station, and by checking the times you can see what time of day the propagation into an area was the best from your station.
This feature can be enabled or disabled by clicking the Enable button on the History panel. You can also enable or disable the Status, which shows at a glance how many countries, how many stations and what continents were heard by clicking on the Status icon.
Clicking the Report icon transfers the data from the History panel to the Notepad, where you can save or print the report if you choose to keep it for future reference. Clicking on the Erase icon clears the History.
Starting a QSO from the SuperSweeper can be done using two different methods. In the first method, while watching SuperSweeper, and you see a callsign in light colored area on the left end of the trace, if you double-left-click on the callsign two things will happen. First you will be taken back to the main DM-780 display. The second thing that happens is the call you clicked on will automatically be transferred to the ALE and an automatic look-up will be done to populate the information about the call. You will also find your cursor is on the frequency that is being used by the QSO.

QSO Connection

From here all that needs to be done, when the contact finishes his current QSO, you hit your CALL macro which puts out a call for the station callsign appearing in the ALE call field. From there just proceed as normal to carry on your QSO with the contact.
The second method is holding a QSO in the actual SuperSweeper window. On the SuperSweeper tool bar, clicking on the QSO option changes the layout of the window.

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You will now notice you have the ALE panel, a QSO RX and a QSO TX panel displayed along with the SuperSweeper. Clicking on the red trace of any QSO will now display the received text in the QSO RX window located in the lower left part of the window. If there is a callsign displayed in the white end of the trace, hovering your cursor over the call will bring up the balloon to let you know whether or not you have worked that station. If you double-click on that callsign, the Call Look-up panel will open in the display. The callsign will be transferred to the Look-up panel and details will be populated from the call look-up service you have configured in the Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook. If you decide you would like to work this station, on the top of the Look-up panel, click on the LOG icon. This will populate the ALE panel.
You can now make your contact and carry on your QSO just as you would do from the main DM-780 display using the QSO TX and the QSO RX windows.
When your QSO is completed, click the ADD (F7) icon at the bottom of the ALE to save the contact to your logbook and clear the ALE for the next contact.

Macro Manager

Macros are a great way to handle repetitive operations in the digital modes. They allow you to pre-define operating procedures and execute them with just a click of the mouse. It’s much more convenient to just click on a macro to send a CQ call rather than type in the call each time.
DM-780 contains a Macro Manager tool that allows you to set up and maintain an unlimited number of macro sets to handle these procedures. When installing DM-780 for the first time you will find a default set of macro definition. This is usually a READ ONLY file and should be kept as a template to build other editable sets. Sets can be made mode specific for CW, PSK, RTTY or set up for contesting exchanges. The uses for macros are almost unlimited.
When you create a custom set of macros it’s recommended that you not only save the set within the DM-780 directory but also in an external directory, such as in a folder in your Documents. In the event you have to re-install HRD from scratch, having the macro sets saved in an external folder will eliminate the need to re-create the sets. You can just load them from the external folder and save them back into the DM-780 program folder.
Macros can be accessed from either a tool bar located between the Receive Pane and the Transmit Pane of DM-780 or from a macro pane which can be pinned to the display. This choice is yours.

Macro Toolbar

Between the Receive pane and the Transmit pane, just below the Transmit tool bar, you will find the Macro toolbar. Left clicking on any one of the Macro buttons will automatically transfer the contents of the macro to the Transmit pane and depending on how the individual macro is configured, it will AUTO SEND the contents or wait till you press the SEND button to transmit the contents.

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From here we can send a macro by clicking on the macro button or we can edit individual macros by right clicking on the macro button which will take you directly to the Macro Editor. For this part of the documentation we are going to use the Macro Manager by clicking on the far right icon called Macros then click on the drop-down option Manager.

Macro Manager

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Above is a screen shot of the Macro Manager with the Default macro set displayed. From the Macro Manager you can edit the contents of individual macros, create new sets, modify the macro tool bar and edit how each macro functions.

Tool Layout

In the bottom portion of the Macro Manager you will see three columns.

Appearance

The first column manages how the tool bar appears on the main display. With a tick in the “Button” option, the macros are shown on the tool bar as individual macro buttons.
With the tick in the “Popup” option, the macros are displayed as GROUPS with a dropdown menu for each group to select the macros within that group.
The next option under appearance is “Icons”.
  • If the function of a macro is set to “Send Immediately”, an arrowhead is placed to the left of the macro name in the tool bar.
  • If it is set to “Erase TX Window” after sending, there will be an “Eraser” icon in front of the macro name.
  • If both are ticked, both icons will appear.
  • If the macro is a Radio Control macro, another icon will appear to designate the macro as a control macro.
In the Macro Manager screen you will see a column named “GROUP”. Each macro is assigned to a group. Under the Macro Pane heading there is a check box to display the macros in order of groups. You also see a check box for showing the macro set title. This title is displayed on the tool bar and also at the top of the macro pane.
The third column shows First Name. When a call is looked up and the data is entered in the ALE the contacts full name usually appears in the Name field of the ALE. By checking the box under First Name, when a macro is sent that contains the <his: name> tab, instead of sending the contacts full name, the macro will only send the contacts first name.

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Above is the Macro Manager toolbar.
  • The New icon opens an empty Macro Editor window.
  • Copy allows you to highlight a portion of one macro definition and paste it into another macro.
  • Highlight a macro and click the Edit button brings up the Macro Editor and allows you to edit an individual macro.
  • Highlighting a macro and clicking the Delete icon deletes the macro from your list.
  • Highlighting a macro and pressing the up or down arrow on the tool bar moves the icons position up or down in the list.
  • Clicking on the Import icon brings up a drop-down menu of the ten macro sets in DM-780. This can be used when creating a new macro set. You can create an empty set then Import an already created set into the blank one to use as a template to edit the new set.
  • Clicking the Defaults loads the Default set of macros.
  • If you have created more than ten sets of macros, you have the ability to Save these additions sets to some location of your choice. Once the set is created click the Save As icon to save the set.
  • The Load icon allows you to load any macro sets you have saved. These functions give you the ability to have an unlimited number of macro sets.

New Macro Sets

This next section will deal with creating a new macro set. As mentioned before, it’s always best to keep the default macro set as a template. This can remind us of the format for each macro.

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To create a new macro set, just above the window that contains the macro definitions, you will see a field called Macro Set. This is a drop-down field which currently contains the word Default. Clicking on the drop-down arrow in the field brings up a box containing 10 macro sets. Some of these sets may already have names assigned, which indicates there are already macros created within the set.
Select an empty set from this drop-down menu. Usually a name like Set followed by a number is an empty set.
Let’s say for example that you select Set 4. Clicking on Set 4 will bring up an empty editor screen with Set 4 showing in the Macro Set field. To the right of this field you will see a button that says Set Title. Clicking on the Set Title button will bring up a box where you can enter a name for this group of macros.

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In our example, let’s name this new set My PSK so type this name over the name currently in the Set Title box and click the OK button. My PSK now appears in the Macro Set field. We are now ready to create the individual macros for this set.
We now have an empty macro set named My PSK in the Macro Manager. Since we’re new to programming macros we are going to use the Default set as a template to make our My PSK macro set.
On the Macro Manager tool bar click the Import macro. A drop-down box will appear and from that, place your cursor on Default and click the left mouse button. A new dialog box will pop up asking you if want to Replace My PSK with Default or Add Default to My PSK.
Since we’re starting with a blank set it really doesn’t matter which you select. If you had macros already in this set and just wanted to add the Defaults to those you would select the Add option, or if you wanted to replace them you would select the Replace option.

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With the Macro Editor, we create each individual macro and set how it executes. Here is a brief explanation of the various functions available in the Macro Editor.
Macros contain free-format text with optional tags. Tags are enclosed within angle brackets <> and contain:
  • Information about yourself such as your callsign and name - taken from the Tags window,
  • Information about the other station such as his callsign and name - taken from the Add Log Entry (ALE) window,
  • Special tags such as the date and time.
Example:
<his:callsign> <his:callsign> de <my:callsign>
<my:callsign>
73's and thanks for the <my:mode> QSO k
In this example <his:callsign> is replaced with the value in the Callsign field in the Add Log Entry window and <my:callsign> is replaced with the value in the Callsign field in the Tags pane of the QSO window. (Select Tags from the QSO menu to display the Tags pane.) The tag is replaced with the current mode (PSK31, RTTY etc.) as shown in the mode dropdown in the QSO window.
So if HB9DRV is working GD4ELI using RTTY the actual text sent is:
GD4ELI GD4ELI de HB9DRV HB9DRV
73's and thanks for the RTTY QSO k

Adding Tags

To add a tag to the current macro:
  • Position the cursor in the definition field where the tag is to be inserted.
  • Make sure Tags is selected in the tab strip.
  • Double-click on an entry - the my: and his: prefixes are added automatically.

Options

The extra options are:
  • Send immediately - when the macro is selected DM780 starts sending.
  • Autostop - switch to receive when the macro is sent.
  • Start on new line - make sure the text starts on a new line.
  • Erase TX window - erase the contents of the TX window when selected.

Load Text from File

When you select this option the text
<file:YOUR-FILENAME-HERE>File-contents-go-here<eof>
is added to the macro. Replace YOUR-FILENAME-HERE with the full path of the filename. the contents of the file replace the text between the <file:...> and <eof> tags. This option is typically used for sending weather reports from automatic weather stations.
Now we’ll create a macro that does a CQ call. The first thing is to create a title for the macro. In this case, the title will be CQ. Type the title in the title box at the top of the editor.
The next field is “tool bar Title”. This is the title that appears on the macro button. Since we are going to have this macro do a CQ call two times, we will make the tool bar Title CQ X2, again without the quotation marks.
We’ll now create a Group for this macro. Let’s call this group CQ. Enter CQ in the Group field.
We want to make sure this macro is going to be Enabled on the macro toolbar, we need to place a check mark in the box to Enable the macro. This box is just to the right of the macro title field.
In the large yellow area we can now build our macro. Place your cursor in the editor area and type CQ CQ CQ DE. Hit the space bar after the DE and look down at the Tags list. In the My Tabs column you will see callsign. Double-click on callsign and you will see the <my:callsign> tag displayed in the editor after the DE. Your macro will look something like this….. CQ CQ CQ DE <my:callsign>. Place the <my:callsign> in the macro two more times, making a space between each tag. Immediately after entering the last tag press ENTER on the keyboard and repeat the sequence.
After entering the second CQ call, place PSE K and from the Special Tags column, double click on the Stop to place the <stop> tag at the end of the macro. Your finished macro should look like:
CQ CQ CQ DE <my:callsign> <my:callsign> <my:callsign>
CQ CQ CQ DE <my:callsign><my:callsign> <my:callsign> PSE
K <stop>
When you’re finished entering your macro definition we can now set the macro options. For this macro, under the Macro Options, located on the right of the upper portion of the macro editor, place a check in all four options. These options determine how the macro is transmitted. It will start transmitting immediately when you press the macro button, it will begin on a new line, it will automatically stop at the end of the text and erase the transmit window when finished executing.
To save the macro just click the OK button in the lower left corner of the editor and you will be returned to the Macro Manager screen.
Now we’ll talk just a bit about some special tags used within macros. There are several of these tags that perform various operations. Some are used in standard macros and some are used to create Rig Control macros.

Reed-Solomon IDs

This idea was originally developed by Patrick Lindecker, F6CTE.
The Reed-Solomon ID (RSID) is a short 16-tone MFSK transmission which identifies the mode in use. The RSID transmission is about 180Hz wide and lasts for just less than two seconds.
You should enable RSID when using an 'exotic' mode such as Olivia so that users of programs with RSID support know what mode you are using.
For a full list of modes supported by this program look in the Program Options for Modes + IDs.
There are two ways to enable RSID:
  • In Program Options select Modes + Ids and check the option to show the RSID button in the transmit tool bar. Clicking this button will transmit the RSID at the beginning of each transmission you make.
  • Add the tag <rsid> anywhere in the text being sent. By adding this tag to a macro, the RSID will only be sent when the macro is executed.

Insert Video ID

A special feature of DM780 is the ability to send an ID string which can be read in the waterfall - for more information select Modes from the Program Options in the main menu and tool bar. Many thanks to Dave Freese W1HKJ for the original design and coding in fldigi.
The Video ID bandwidth is ~ 80Hz.
When you select Insert Video ID the text
<ident:YOUR-TEXT-GOES-HERE>
is added to the macro, the <ident> tag must be at the start of the macro. Replace YOUR-TEXT-GOES-HERE with the text to be sent, for example:
  • Callsign: <ident:HB9DRV>
  • CQ: <ident:CQ>
  • 73: <ident:73>
There are two special options:
  • Call: replaced with the callsign in the tags window, and
  • Mode: replaced with the current mode.
Whatever you send - keep the text short!

Callsign

<ident:call>CQ CQ CQ de HB9DRV HB9DRV HB9DRV pse K

Mode

<ident:mode>CQ CQ CQ de HB9DRV HB9DRV HB9DRV pse K

CQ

<ident:CQ>CQ CQ CQ de HB9DRV HB9DRV HB9DRV pse K

73

<ident:73>G4POP de HB9DRV 73 and thanks for this QSO

Radio Control

A radio control macro contains commands sent to Ham Radio Deluxe to configure your radio, for example to set a special filter. The text in the definition is not added to the input (TX) window. These definitions are specific to the radio you are using.
The tag {{RADIO-CONTROL must appear anywhere in the macro definition. If you have added this by mistake just remove the lines containing the tag.
The easiest way to add entries is to use the Radio window, as you select options in the Radio window the options are sent to Ham Radio Deluxe and the corresponding text is added to the definition (remember to press the Connect button in the Radio window). Only add one entry per line.
Note: Lines starting with # are treated as comments and are not passed to Ham Radio Deluxe. Blank lines are ignored.

Commands

There are four command types:
  • Center frequency on/off,
  • Drop down (menu) buttons,
  • Normal press buttons,
  • Sliders.
To simplify the command parsing any spaces in the button / slider names are replaced with a tilda (~). Slider entries contain the radio title, this is for historical reasons.

Center Frequency

  • center-on
  • center-on 1750
  • center-off
To enable the current center frequency option in the waterfall enter center-on.
Note: The center frequency option must be enabled (checked). To specify the center frequency just add the frequency in Hz after the center-on tag, for example center-on 1750.
To undo the center frequency option and restore the previous radio frequency enter center-off.
The center-on and center-off text must be the only entry on the line. Typically you combine these options with a filter settings, for example when enabling the center frequency option a narrow filter is selected, when undoing a normal (wide) filter is selected.
#++
#
# {{RADIO-CONTROL
#
# For the TS-2000
#
# Set the center frequency to 1250Hz, adjust DSP filtering
# to Low = 1000Hz, High = 1400Hz.
#
#--
center-on 1300
Set slider-pos TS-2000 DSP~low~cut 11 // DSP low cut = 11
Set slider-pos TS-2000 DSP~high~cut 0 // DSP high cut = 0

Drop down-Button

When you select an entry from a drop down button it is added to the end of the definition. Existing entries for the same drop down button are not overwritten as a drop down button can contain unrelated commands.

Press Button

When you press a button the editor first tries to replace an existing entry for this button; if there is no entry then a new entry is added to the end of the definition.

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