About HRD Software, LLC
HRD Software, LLC. is a company formed in 2012 to continue the development of the Ham Radio Deluxe software suite for amateur radio. Our goals are:
#1 - To have happy customers who would recommend Ham Radio Deluxe to their friends. Providing great service to our customers is our best form of marketing.
#2 - To make great software for amateur radio operators.
#3 - To have the kind of employees that our customers rave about.
Ham Radio Deluxe History
In late 2011, Mike (WA9PIE) talked Simon into selling the source code and all rights to Ham Radio Deluxe to me and two other partners – Randy Gawtry (K0CBH) and Rick Ruhl (W4PC). Rick was the managing partner through the end of 2016. At the beginning of 2017, Randy and I took an active role in the daily management of the company.
The HRD Software Team
Dr. Michael Carper, WA9PIE - Co-Founder
Dr. Michael Carper (Mike) is one of three co-founders of HRD Software, LLC. As of early 2017, Mike took an active role in managing portions of daily business operations of HRD Software. His focus is on Sales, Support, and Digital Marketing. He continues to provide input into product development.
Mike is the Chief Information Officer for Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores (SHOS), based in the NW Chicago suburbs. He has 30 years of experience in the engineering and support of telecommunications and information technologies in the retail, healthcare, financial services, and telecommunications industries.
Mike was first licensed in 1974 as WN9PIE, while living in Greenfield, IN. Mike is an avid DXer. His DXing achievements include:
> DXCC Mixed Honor Roll (342 all-time), CW (309), Phone (292), Digital (119), 9BDXCC, Challenge (~2,000)
> CQ DX Honor Roll for CW and SSB
> CQ DX Field Mixed Honor Roll (175), CW, SSB, and Digital
> CQ WAZ Mixed, SSB, CW, 5BWAZ
Randy Gawtry, K0CBH - Co-Founder
Randy Gawtry is one of three co-founders of HRD Software, LLC. As of early 2017, Randy took an active role in managing portions of daily business operations of HRD Software. His focus is on Finance, Accounting, and Print Marketing. He provides input into product development.
Randy is President and Senior Software Engineer at Timewave Technologies Inc. in Minneapolis, MN.
Mike Blaszczak, K7ZCZ - Sr. Software Engineer
Mike joined HRD Software in May, 2017 as a Sr. Software Engineer.
Mike has worked in the software industry for almost 30 years, including 15 years at Microsoft. He has three patents, written dozens of magazine articles and several books, and done hundreds of presentations to educate and motivate software engineers. Since starting with HRD about 3 months ago he has already resolved over 100 bugs in the software and has made V6.4 the most stable version of the software yet.
Tim Browning, KB3NPH - Technical Support
Tim provides technical support for our customers.
Radioman in the U.S. Navy. Two years DJ, Announcer and Engineer with AFRTS. Two years communications radioman aboard ship. Became interested in and started building and repairing computers as a hobby in about 1980. Drove truck over the road for many years and was an owner/operator until forced to retire due to medical reasons in 2007. Became a ham in 2006. Joined the HRD team as a beta tester in 2012 and advanced to support in 2013.
Erik Gawtry, KC0WWC - Sr. Software Engineer
Erik is a software engineer and programmer for Timewave Technologies Inc. He has been working part time for HRD since 2012 doing a vast majority of the programming. His current project is incorporating a new commercial license server into the HRD support system.
Kevin Young, KC7FPF - Technical Support
Kevin provides technical support for our customers.
Retired USAF 20 years Maintenance F-4 F-5 T-38 F-15. Information Technologist, Network Administrator and Computer Technician CCTV/Telco and Network Cable Installer. Obtained ham license in 1994. Kevin is also a W5YI Volunteer Examiner and Elmer to new hams. Net Control Station for SCARS Net (South Coast Amateur Radio Service), Net control station for Local ARES net, Manager/Net Controller for the Ham Nation 40 Meter Net.
Ferry Hoisderver (PD9FER) - Technical Support
Ferry is a technical support volunteer residing in The Netherlands.
Tammy Carper, KB9YHU - Sales Support and Marketing
Tammy provides sales support to our customers and dealers.
Tammy has extensive experience in sales. She's a licensed real estate broker. She has an undergraduate degree in finance/real estate from Indiana University. She's been a ham since 2001 and joined the HRD sales team in May of 2017.
Veronica Hernandez - Sales Support and Bookkeeping
Veronica provides a variety of support to our customers and dealers. She
Peggy Browning - Sales Support
Peggy supports our customer as part of our sales support team.