No quarrel with your post but I decided to join the masses and try HRD with its DM780 digital module. My son brought home his modern Vista equipped machine for the summer from college... a nice toy for Dad to play with for 2 months.
Hamscope hasn't been updated for a few years. HRD/DM780 is updated, arguably too often. I'm waiting for it to include a $2500 Flex Radio as part of the next free download
. I too miss a few of the Hamscope scope features, but HRD shortcomings seem to be corrected quickly.
Can't say I've mastered HRD yet. There are too many features and modes. The PSK Superbrowser allows printing of 20 or more PSK stations simultaneously. It prints PSK and RTTY well. I've become fascinated by its SSTV capabilities. Are there any SSTV experts on here who can comment on how it rates compared with alternatives?
Disadvantages to HRD: Massive number of features. If I go a few days without using HRD, I forget how to use it! HRD requires a powerful machine.