In recent years, modes like FT4 and FT8 - that were introduced by Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT - have become very popular. It has resulted in a significant increase in ham radio activity (thanks Dr. Taylor).
This section will discuss the configuration and use of HRD Alert and its features.
Description & Purpose
HRD Alert displays the decodes from 3rd party applications (like WSJT-X and JTDX) and displays them to identify NEEDED stations by band or mode for:
- Alarms that are audible (voice), visual, or via email/text message
- The ability to initiate a QSO from within Logbook
- Filters that show you only needed callsigns by the above categories
- Filters that show CQ, Calling You, QRZ, etc
- Stations you have worked before (B4) are identified and can be hidden from the view.
- LOTW and eQSL members identified
Operators who receive decodes from WSJT-X and have them sent to multiple applications will need to enable "UDP multi-casting. The default IP address and port are recommended. (This is not needed if the operator is only using WSJT-X and Ham Radio Deluxe.)
Appearance tab allows you to select font style & size and your preferred sort order. (Consolas is recommended, as it provides for a slash-zero by default.)
The Layout tab enables the Operator to add or remove columns from the HRD Alert pane.
Each has a description that describes what the field displays and where the data came from.
The Decode Filters tab enables you to add or remove filters from the screen.
When you click "Add" (or Modify), you can create (or alter) Decode filters.
The instructions in the Filter Definition dialog describes how to create them. (Note: This is slightly different than the way they work in DX Cluster.)
The WSI tab is where the Operator defines which QSL types should be included in WSI.
Example: If you want the WSIs displayed in HRD Alert and DX Cluster to match the DXCC Awards Program, then you would include only QSL (cards) and LoTW confirmations. This is because eQSL is not accepted for DXCC credit - so you don't want to miss a new DXCC country because the WSI knows that you have confirmed via eQSL.
Note: This is completely unrelated to how you are going to send your confirmations.
Note: The settings here are common between DX Cluster and HRD Alert.
The WSI Filters tab enables you to select which "entities" you want to view when the filters are ON.
When multiple boxes are checked, the screen will hide any decode where any of the selected WSIs are green (checkmarks).
Note: These settings are common with DX Cluster.
The WSI Alarms tab enables the Operator to decide what events will trigger alarms.
These alarms eliminate the need to create a unique alarm for every needed DXCC Country (or State, zone, etc). This enables Logbook to use it's knowledge of your log - as it knows what the Operator needs - to manage the alarms automatically.
CAUTION: Start small. If the Operator enables many of these at the same time, then a huge volume of alarms will be sent.
HRD Alert Bar
The dropdown filter on the far left allows you to filter to only see "Calling CQ", "Calling Me", Bands, and any others created by the Operator.
The WSI Filters are enabled by selecting On/Off.
The double-sided arrow automatically adjusts the widths of the columns.
The Alarms dropdown is where the Operator will turn WSI or regular filters On/Off.
Options is for configuring HRD Alert.
QRZ.com will open a browser to the selected callsign.
Spots can be created for the selected station by clicking the Spot button.
The entire HRD Alert list of decodes can be erased by clicking the "Clear" button.
The HRD Alert Display
The decodes from the 3rd party application are displayed in the same style as Logbook's DX Cluster. This is intended to continue familiarity and ease-of-use. But while the source of data for the DX Cluster is the DX spotting network, the source for the data shown in the HRD Alert display comes from decoded data from the 3rd party software. So you will see FT8, FT4, and other decoded information in the HRD Alert pane.