A few years ago I started looking for some radio software that provided all of the facilities that I wanted and that had a user friendly interface when I stumbled on Ham Radio Deluxe.
In those early day Simon Brown and Peter Halpin (Now SK) had just started the development and over the years the program has changed dramatically and now includes the following features.
Full rig control - Supports most radios Logbook DX Cluster Built in web browsers Winkeyer support Rotator Support Most of the data modes including SSTV, PSK, RTTY, Olivia, Throb etc Satellite tracking with Doppler tracking and AZ/EL rotator control Plus many other features to numerous to mention
HRD is in my opinion the best Ham software available today and it is completely free, although some of its 50,000 users do donate via PayPal to help Simon defray his costs.
Born in the East End of London in 1940 my interest in radio communications was kindled by my science master at school, Jim Turner G3AYZ, and for many years I was a short wave listener and built a lot of my own equipment from war surplus parts.
My other lifetime interests have been, motorcycle and car racing, flying RC models and sailing with excursions into fly fishing and SCUBA diving
My wife and I travel fairly extensively having been around the world several times and we travel all over Europe in our motor home (RV)