A group of three U.S. hams, including two already well-known in the ham radio industry, has purchased the source and rights to the Ham Radio Deluxe software suite from Simon Brown, HB9DRV, of Switzerland. The three include Timewave Technology president Randy Gawtry, K0CBH; W4PC Software president Rick Ruhl, W4PC, and Mike Carper, WA9PIE, who is well-known in the commercial technology sector.
Brown said the time demands for providing support to HRD - which provides rig control, antenna control, digital modes, logging and satellite operations - have gotten to be too much for him to handle on his own and that "it's necessary to take a break and hand the whole project over to another team." Gawtry, Ruhl and Carper say they plan to continue improving the HRD suite. Their first upgrade, version 5.1, will be offered at no charge to currently-registered HRD users when it is completed.