Friday, 20 June 2014

Ham Radio Deluxe V6xxx and that 30 day trial period.

Now maybe like me you like to test things before you spend your hard earned cash on them.
Well if you want the latest version of Ham Radio Deluxe you will have to pay for it, the last free version was HRD Version 5.24.38 back in October 2012.
They do allow a 30 day trial period and after that you have to buy.
Well I found a couple of problems with sections of the HRD suite that I frequently use so informed them of this and they said that it would be fixed. Well by this time my 30 day trial had expired, so how to see if it really had been fixed?
Just removing the program and then installing again did nothing and I wasn't prepared to pay $99.95 to find out, so what to do?
A little bit of registry work is required but not a lot.
In win7 on type run in the search box, click on Run in the results, in the window that opens type regedit  then click OK and the Registry Editor will open.
Click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to expand it, then click  SOFTWARE\Amateur Radio\ .
You will see the directory HRD User Profile,  right click on it and click Export and save it.
Now right click it again and this time click delete.
Now start Ham Radio Deluxe V6.xx and you be be presented with the first run wizard and another 30 day trial (note using the same call sign as before may only give you 7 days but that's long enough to test).
If like me your problems haven't been solved you will have saved money, if they have been fixed go pay your $99.95 for your licence.

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