Installing and using HDSDR

February 2017 v 2.76 released.  Look at "What's New" on the HDSDR pages.

Version 2.76 (February 02, 2017)
- switchable display mode: S-units / dBm
- switchable mode for S-meter: RMS / Peak
- enhanced accuracy of level indicators. New calibration required!
- periodic and explicit level logging into .CSV file [
[This feature IS present! It might test your patience to find. If you do not want the challenge look at the bottom of this page.]]
- switching AGC to off, sets manual gain value
- oversteering/clipping audio does now reduce gain value - not volume
- fixed OmniRig handling: "MuteOnTX"
- deactivate AFC after frequency/mode changes for a small duration
- Fast WAV file demodulation & recording
- some new keyboard shortcuts
Advanced Startup features Select Profile, DLL,  Uninstall and resetting HDSDR.
Transmit and Receive IQ balance (Link) Including RX DC Removal (Centre spike) if present.
Digital Modes CAT to HDSDR 
Fldigi and WSPR shown.
Transmit Including some hints for using CW.
Use with Conventional Equipment. CAT 

HDSDR is a derivative of Alberto's Winrad, parts of these notes apply to this and any other derivatives.
HDSDR is still being developed, new features added. We are promised a version 3 at some time.
My experience covers SDRs using the Si570 like the Softrock, the FCD, RTL dongle, and Elad.
HDSDR may be used with many other SDRs.

Installing HDSDR:-           Softrock type SDRs:-     Installation with references to SDRs like the Softrock.  

Download HDSDR from here
While you are there read the other pages, note the link to Alberto's  original help and You Tube.

Execute the installation. 
Later versions of Windows have security features that make altering the contents of "Program Files" difficult. A way round this might be to change the default and install HDSDR somewhere different "C:\HDSDR" perhaps. 
Note the folder  where it  installs, you will usually need to find it in order to place a DLL file in there.

Look here for DLLs and instructions for use with many radios, SDR and conventional .

HP Keyboards:- There have been reports that software installed with these can prevent HDSDR and SDR-Radio from running properly. See here

November 2014, USB2 controllers as in the Softrock and other SDRs. There have been reports that these are not working in USB3 sockets. Try a different socket, there should be a USB2 socket. Or, possibly the work-round linked here

Select the soundcards and bandwidth (sample rate) if necessary.
Click "Start" or press F2.
You may need to set the Windows mixers and properties to suit recording  (input) and playback (speakers.)

Look at Read the mouseovers. Also keyboard shortcuts, see an HTM file link in the Start Menu, actually located in the program folder. The keys affecting tuning can be particularly useful.
Look at all the Options.

Make sure that the IQ Swap (Options - Input Channel Mode for RX) is set correctly. Ensure that SSB signals are on the correct sideband and that tuning is correct, that higher frequencies ARE actually to the right.
Note if you have not set "Options - Callibration Settings - Input Channel Calibration" (Image rejection) you will see images on strong signals. Do not be confused.

Channel Skew (Image Rejection) Adjustment
At "Options - Calibration Settings - Input Channel tab."
Below I show the important TX image rejection panel seen when in transmit mode. The RX panel is similar.
For receive the image has to be set manually. Maybe an automatic system will eventually be implemented.
"Sample Delay" is only needed for a few, mainly old Creative, soundcards. Try various combinations if you see very little difference in the two signals.

Tuning HDSDR
Note the Tune/LO figures are Hz. WWV 10MHz will show 10.000.000. The 70cm ham band 432.525.000.
SDR beginners:- Note that "LO" sets the centre of a band of frequencies. "Tune" shows where you are within that range. Simply changing "Tune" with the mouse will not move from that range. The LO must be changed by the mouse or by any of the other tuning methods.
Fixed frequency SDRs:- Set the LO to the exact crystal frequency then use "Tune".
At the centre of the display you may see a sharp spike. The effects of this spike may be hidden. "Options - Calibration Settings - DC Removal" and set RX DC Removal to "Auto". Do not use this centre area unless you have to.
 Place the mouse cursor on a digit. The mousewheel  or left/right clicks will set it. Set LO to, say, 10KHz from the required frequency. See Options.

 Look on the waterfall for the signal, click on it.
Drag the shaded area that represents the signal bandwidth.
Drag the frequency scale to move up/down.

Click the red arrow at the end of the tuning scale to increase LO frequency by the visible spectrum bandwidth or use Ctrl+PageUp on the keyboard.

Note the two VFOs. Click the "A" or "B" next to the LO frequency.

Look at keyboard shortcuts, some useful tuning aids.  Details in the htm linked in the Start Menu. Or a link shown when you click the "Info/Update" button. (F1)

And direct entry with the numeric keypad. 
 Quick Tune:- Type KHz - Enter
Or type MHz, for example 14.2 - letter "M"
  This will give you a fixed  offset from the centre. This is recommended for TX operation, you set your TX image calibration at a fixed audio frequency so TX image rejection will not vary so much across a band. (Like PSDR). 
Or tune with the mouse over a band, find a station, or frequency, you wish to call, right click. Or, left click and press "C" on the keyboard, the offset is then applied.
Then TX image will not need much tweaking once set for the band in use. This should also help for receive image rejection.

Lock Tuning and LO.
Right click on "Tune" and "LO" will lock either or both so the frequency is fixed.

AFC and "Tune" legend next to the tuned frequency.
When the AFC button is clicked the colour of "Tune" shows whether the AFC is locked (green)  or not (red). Yellow shows when loosing lock after having once locked.
When AFC is not activated it acts as a tuning indicator, green when exactly tuned.

CW Zap
Click this to net perfectly.

CW Offset:- CW Pitch
Hold the keyboard control key and left hand mouse button to drag the centre line of the CW filter. OR Control-Click when the green cursor is on the required frequency.
Or just click on the yellow "CW Pitch =" and a box appeas.

Filter Widths
The red lines on the lower spectrum are the filter limits. You will not see the right one if zoomed in. 
Drag them.

S Meter calibration 

Calibration:- Options - Misc Options - S Meter...shows this.
V 2.75 Options - Calibration Settings - S Meter tab.
"OK" sets HDSDR to signal calibration mode.
Note "Right Click to end."

You may find the Keyboard shortcuts easier than multiple mouse clicks. When in setting mode Shift - up and Shift - down sets the calibration. Shift - Home resets to default.
The normal calibration is at -73dBm, 50uV into 50 Ohms, 
. But any known value may be used.
Precise measurements may be made by zooming the Spectrum Scaling, the two lower controls.
Also available on main spectrum. 

Squelch, click on S Meter scale.
Level shown by red line on the scale. Care! Sometimes an accidental click is the reason for no audio!

Notch - Noise Blanker - Noise Reduction
Read the mouseovers, this applies to most of the buttons.Clicking on one of these buttons brings up its adjustment slider. A right click on the button hides the slider.

Even this has a mouseover!
And note the level in dB is displayed by placing your cursor on the level slider.

Frequency Manager
Radio Bands, User defined entries and EIBI shortwave list. 
EIBI is placed in your documents, for example C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\HDSDR\CSV This is done automatically, Select EIBI and use the drop-down menu on this button. Or you can download the latest yourself. 
User:- Type in at bottom - Add.

Waterfall/Spectrum Display.
Note the sliders and controls under the waterfalls. Again mouseovers to explain. Adjust spectrum upper/lower dB limits, waterfall speed and definition. Zoom in on the frequency in use.
Extreme low speeds described here
Click on picture below for an example.


All options now here
"Show Upper Display" Removes everything except the upper spectrum and waterfall. Drag this window either way, very big or down to a very small size.  "Esc" returns to normal.
De-selecting both the upper and lower display just leaves the controls, no spectrum or waterfalls.

Within certain limits the HDSDR window may be resized by dragging the edge or corner. For a wide display it can be dragged to span two monitors.
Right click-drag on the frequency scale alters the spectrum/waterfall ratio, as far as selecting one or the other.  

Right Click a choice of formats, examine the whole spectrum later if you wish.
Note, you may use this to schedule frequency changes, just set a 2 second recording time.

Softrock Frequency Calibration shown here
Options - Calibration Settings - Frequency Calibration tab.
Do not use HDSDR's calibration feature with a Si570 controlled Softrock. See above link.

Frequency Calibration for Other SDRs
For receivers that do not have a calibration facility use the above tab. When the phase indicator stays still check that the two boxes at the top show correctly and click "Calculate". Check the tuning is correct, if not "Reset" cancels, try again.

Converter/Panadaptor controls. See my other pages
Use the menu OR a Right Click on "ExtIO" brings up this tab.

A specialist addition for closely examining signals.
The AF spectrum is used. Note that a click on "Spectrum" will activate this mode, further clicks will restore normal operation.

Select a DLL when starting HDSDR
One way to do this is just to drag the DLL to the shortcut. 
HDSDR will start using that DLL

Set Different Profiles.

HDSDR can use completely different settings for each profile. These are stored in the Windows' registry at  HKEY_CurrentUser\Software\HDSDR\<optional profile>\. This allows
HDSDR to be started with many different configurations.

Making custom profiles:- (for example per receiver) using a command line option "-p profilename" (the profile name should not contain spaces or other local characters)

Make a shortcut to HDSDR.exe, rename it. Right Click -Properties. To the end of "Target" add -p your profile name - Apply.
When opened with that shortcut all settings are saved under that profile.
Any number of profiles can be saved to avoid changing settings. 

(There are usually spaces in the Path so inverted commas have to be used as in the example below. These will be present if needed.)

Select a DLL with a Shortcut
Provided you have put the required DLL is in the HDSDR folder just enter the name on the "Target" line. This one is for the RTL dongle.
HDSDR starts with the RTL DLL selected and with the "RTL=VHF" profile.

Rather than putting the DLLs in the program folder you may store DLL files elsewhere. In that case the whole path must be entered like:-  ....\HDSDR.exe "C:\my files\extios\ExtIO_FCDplus.dll"

And top left of the HDSDR window reminds you of which profile you are using. "HF-USB" in this case.
If this looks wrong it is because I prefer "Misc Options" Swap Spectrum/Waterfall. And I have increased the relative size of the spectrum display by right clicking and dragging the frequency scale.
And also I have set the "Spectrum Scaling" sliders to suit my purpose.

Uninstalling HDSDR:- If you have more than one installation then I found that uninstalling one will reset all other HDSDR installations and profiles to default.

set ALL HDSDR's settings to default go to Options - Misc Options - Reset to Factory Settings.

Corruption of just one profile:-First make a note of any settings, for example IF or converter frequencies. Using Regedit go to the Windows' registry at  HKEY_CurrentUser\Software\HDSDR\<optional profile>\. Delete the key, and sub-keys for this faulty profile.
 This will not delete the shortcut. Just restart using this shortcut and re-configure HDSDR.
Advanced users may wish to save the registry keys when profiles are setup. Then in the rare event of a corruption settings may be instantly restored.
By saving the complete HDSDR key all profile settings are saved. An individual profile might be extracted from here but saving each profile might be safer.

Other Menu Settings
Bandwidth [F6]:- Sets Input and Output sample rates. Proper operation requires that you set these at rates your SDR system will support. Output rate may be set at 192000 to enable wide FM reception. Output sample rates are saved for each mode.
Options [F7]:-
Select Input. WAV file playback. ASIO if you have a soundcard that supports ASIO. Note ASIO may not be used when in transmit configuration.
Visualisation. Many settings to suit your requirements.
Input Channel Mode. IQ for SDR radios. Other settings for mono radios and special purposes.
Output Channel Mode for RX. Normally to both channels, or to suit. IQ mode sends IQ signals to other software, see my other pages.
Misc Options:-
Autostart HDSDR runs when started.
Various other Misc Options including "Show Status", "Export (Registry) Settings", "Reset to Factory Setting" (Delete ALL HDSDR registry settings.)
Mouse Wheel. Sets tuning preferences.
Help/Update:- Check for updates. Keyboard Shortcuts. HDSDR web pages. Feedback/Bug Reports.


For TX soundcard selection "SDR TX Support" must be ticked.
When in TX mode IQ swap and image rejection for TX is enabled and the Volume/AGC sliders change to mic gain and power output. 
In transmit mode the transmit filter width is adjustable by dragging, just as with receive. 

An external receiver is required to check IQ swap and setup TX rejection.

 PE0FKO produced a DLL, with CFGSR V2.6, to go with the latest version of HDSDR,  ALL THIS DOES IS PUT A SOFTROCK TO TX, so far no CW keying.
The only way at the moment is to use the "Return" key for CW. But see "CW Operators" below.

Two soundcards required but do not forget VAC acts as a soundcard. The second sound device can be a cheap one used for the mic and speakers.
Do not forget to tick "SDR TX Support.
No ASIO for TX. Spacebar works PTT 
to TX.

Below, set to use a COM port to set HDSDR to transmit.
This can be a virtual port connected to other software.
Third party software may be connected with VAC. WSPR, for example can be used with CAT (TS2000) to set the Softrock to TX and change frequency.
When in CAT mode HDSDR may be put into TX mode by setting CTS or DCD, pins 8,1 high, selectable in the Menu, as above. Also DTR pin 4 will activate TX mode. You may just put this pin high, through a virtual COM port to another program, no CAT required at the other end.

Below, sets the Mic input, one or both channels. The IQ mode is for special uses.

 Tone Generators:- Press Ctrl-Shift-G when transmitting. Pressing Ctrl-Shift-G  again switches to next generator. This will not work for CW mode. See here HDSDR tone generators. (and the reason Softrock CW is not supported.)

CW Operators. 
I think really fast operators will always have trouble with PC SDR, too much latency.
But many report that good results may be had up to around 25 WPM. QSK seems impossible. Rocky is possibly the best software. September 2015 Problems with Vista or later? TRY ROCKY v3.8, ALEX HAS USED WASAPI DRIVERS FOR LOW LATENCY.

With HDSDR transmit is not fully implemented, just the "Return" key, maybe try this This is suited for earlier RXTX Softrocks I give information how the Ensemble could be modified. 

  • Note the various links on Yahoo pages, for example, "Next post in topic >>, 
  • Show all 4 messages in this topic" to get the whole picture.

  • Some have used CW successfully with a keyer and SSB mode. No sidetone latency. Tuning needs thought. describes one way. You have to click links on the Yahoo page to see all the messages. Note HDSDR's transmit bandwidth may be reduced to avoid any IMD effects. And And
    Warren offers another way requiring some modification, an Arduino keyer/sidetone:- note Warren corrects the subject, it is not break-in.

    The keyboard  "Shift Control U" when in CW TX mode is the equivalent of holding down the key, constant carrier.

    Here:- CW-Skimmer using HDSDR's IQ out facility This page details how many digital modes may be used with HDSDR including more on interfacing with a conventional transceiver.

    USING HDSDR with digital mode software, Fldigi and WSPR shown

    And below WSPR-X and HDSDR. And use of HDSDR with CAT interface of a transceiver.

    This uses CAT to control HDSDR.
    After setting the required COM port and baud rate go back and Click "activated"

    And this is WSPRX set up so it tunes HDSDR and puts a Softrock to TX. WSJT-X will have the same settings. just the setup tabs are different.
    HDSDR's audio in/out is connected to WSPRX via VAC.
    And the CAT is connected by a Virtual Serial port. For example COM0COM
    WSPR-X is available at 
    Windows v0.7r2960 19 Jan 2013. WSPR-X is now replaced by WSJT-X which includes most JT modes.

    Another HDSDR setup page Shows how HDSDR may be set to follow a conventional transceiver using Omni Rig. 

    And the transceiver also controls HDSDR and hence the Ensemble.

    Click on image for full size.
    This is a composite showing HDSDR tuned to 7.186,550 my FT847 also tuned by HDSDR.
    Also the OmniRig settings. To activate, bring up OmniRig setup and click OK.
    Make sure the Ensemble is working correctly with HDSDR first. Then all that is needed is to setup the CAT as shown.

    Use HDSDR With a SDR Connected to the IF of a Receiver or Transceiver
    Panoramic display, wideband SDR receive for voice and data, click on a signal and transmit. 

    Running HDSDR and the FCD Dashboard Simultaneously

    For a visual display with Doppler correction, lots of information here. 

    A cheap dongle may be used as a wideband SDR. Different tuners will work from 25MHz to 2GHz some with a L band gap. Performance is not outstanding but can be adequate. Ebay is a good source. There are upconverters available so HF may be received. I do not reccommend the cheaper direct conversion option.
    For use with HDSDR:- The Zadig driver has to be installed and the RTL DLL placed in the HDSDR program folder. Select this when starting HDSDR.

    Driver installation on HDSDR's site

    HDSDR's ExtIO button brings up the dongle controls.
    The important dongle RF Gain adjustment is available on a slider by clicking "RF" by the control buttons and the sampling rate is adjusted by clicking the "Bandwidth" button .

    More than one Dongle?

    More if needed:- Instructions and a link to HDSDR ExtIO for RTL USB dongles — Read more
    DLL At the top, select "Zip". 
    Zadig driver If you are new to this read carefully and use the install package. At the top 1 "Download the self-contained installer
    This shows Zadig setup.

    January 2017 v 2.75 Some of the new features were introduced especially for the RTLSDR Dongles:

    - 8 bit support, of course - displaying the RF (ADC) level in dBFS allow working with deactivated Tuner AGC – NOT overdriving/clipping the ADC. This will also ease making good recordings.

    Here HDSDR and a dongle SDR used with an HF upconverter. RTL dongle used as an IF panadaptor with HDSDR.
    This must be the definitive list of software for use with a RTL dongle.

    Funcube Dongle
    The Pro and ProPlus may be used. The correct DLL has to be placed in the program file. There are HDSDR DLLs which integrate the FCD controls with HDSDR. Found here
    Supports multiple FCD Pro+ dongles, read the README in the zip.

    HDSDR's ExtIO button brings up the dongle controls for special "Bias T" settings. Do not touch unless you understand what it does!.
    The important dongle RF and IF Gain adjustment is available on a slider by clicking "RF" and "IF" by the control buttons. Note that different situations will require different combinations of RF and IF gain.
    "RF Gain" has four positions which are the four possible combinations of LNA and Mixer gain ON/OFF. Try both middle positions, I find the lower position (+10) sometimes gives overload while the upper (+20) does not.

    Alternatively you may use the FCD DLLs found in the files section of the Yahoo group. These are not integrated with HDSDR. You have to join the groups but I do not advise getting them anywhere else.
    HDSDR's ExtIO button brings up the dongle controls.

    Does the FCD work with Newer computers? There have been reports of the FCD not being correctly configured when it is plugged in.
    Try removing ALL USB devices, ALL including any keyboard or mouse receiver t
    hen plug in the FCD. Then plug in your mouse, keyboard, other devices. If there is still a conflict, maybe the keyboard does not work, then try other sockets or use a hub. is the main site. Look at the drop-down menus when you hover over the headings in the black bar. The Yahoo! groups may be an easier place to find information. 

    RX and TX Image adjustment for HDSDR This page should help for other software.

    Fundamental settings for digimodes beginners, receive only. r_receive_digimodes 

    This page gives many details about HDSDR and digimodes. With examples of CAT and DDE (Orbitron controlling HDSDR for Doppler compensation).

    My preferred way for a HF panadaptor. Ideally take the Ensemble antenna connection from the transceiver. Using an Ensemble with a conventional transceiver as a panadaptor

    Using with a conventional receiver or transceiver as an IF panadaptor.  Ham Radio deluxe controlling HDSDR with DDE .

    Using HDSDR with a RTL dongle And using the dongle as an IF panadaptor with a conventional rig.
    How to set HDSDR for measuring signal levels, can be reasonably accurate if you have a standard. Using HDSDR for signal measurements, the S meter and Spectral Display. 

    Autocorrelation (and Cepstrum), new features November 2013. If you want to use this feature you probably know more about it than I!

    RX and TX Image adjustment for HDSDR This page should help for other software.

    Alberto's Winrad help partly updated for HDSDR.

    HDSDR version of CSVUserlistBrowser  The video shows  RDS Spy with a frequency list. EIBI Aoki and HFCC lists may also be used. In German but use Google translate. The PDF instructions are English.

    Softrock:- you need CFGSR and the USB driver  but may well already have them. Driver Read carefully. CFGSR Current version 2.6  which you download from  with automatic installer and new guide on that web page. (Click on "msi" the correct msi file...) Note instructions on that page.
    As things develop my screenshots may show an earlier version of CFGSR or HDSDR but all features will be found.

    Download HDSDR from here
    While you are there read the other pages, note the link to Alberto's  original help and You Tube.

    Execute the installation. 
    Later versions of Windows have security features that make altering the contents of "Program Files" difficult. A way round this might be to change the default and install HDSDR somewhere different "C\HDSDR" perhaps. 
    Note the folder  where it  installs, you will need to find it in order to place a DLL file in there.

    The paragraph below is to install Softrock type SDRs, look here for DLLs and instructions for use with many other radios, SDR and conventional .

    Softrocks and others using the USB ATTiny controller.
    Winrad and its derivatives need ExtIO_Si570.DLL to be placed in the program folder. There is a shortcut to it in the CFGSR Start Menu folder.  COPY it to the Program folder. (Drag with RIGHT mouse button) Or navigate to the program file, eg C:\Program Files\CFGSR\ExtIO_Si570

    When starting you probably will NOT get this.
    But if you do select the DLL and "Open"

    Current versions of HDSDR open in a window. This window may be resized. (The original Winrad has a fairly basic interface, when first started it will fill the screen, some versions can be made to start in a window.)
    Note the links in the HDSDR Start Menu. Keyboard Shortcuts may be useful. Direct frequency entry, shifting up and down bands in defined steps. Many other features

    In the set up you must select the Input Source as 'SoftRock V9.0 Si570'. (This is usually preselected.)
    MME drivers will work with all cards.
    If you have ASIO it may be used only for receive.
    For use with transmit a second soundcard (or VAC) is required MME drivers only. Some raise concerns about this, ASIO drivers are better but perhaps the actual advantage is small.

    You probably will not have so many sound systems, here I have selected 3 different ones. For transmit two are required, one may be VAC for data modes.
    You may need to set your soundcard mixer to set the correct input, keep the RX input as low as possible so the HDSDR noise level rises only slightly. Disable all special effects.

    Only select a sample rate your card is able to use. 48000 is a good start, all will be able to use this.

    Press keyboard "H" or click "ExtIO
    The green dot should be present, bottom left. and the connected information Note the Manufacturer and other fields do not always show any entries. 

    If the USB is not connected got to the USB tab, check it is present, select it and "Open"
    If there is nothing here you will have to diagnose the problem.

    Make sure that the Options - Swap I and Q Channel for RX is set correctly. It normally needs to be ticked but ensure that SSB signals are on the correct sideband and that tuning is correct, that higher frequencies ARE actually to the right.
    Note if you have not set "Options - Channel Skew Calibration" (Image rejection) you will see images on strong signals. Do not be confused.

    This page is my start at updating Alberto's original "Winrad" instructions to suit HDSDR.It has not been completed but it does include some features I have not mentioned on this page.

    Contact HDSDR

    The correct way for reporting bugs (and other feedback) is printed in the "Help/Update" dialog:

    Please report via eMail to Mario <>
    If you can attach additional information to the report: * make a screenshot of the Status dialog (Options / Misc Options / Show Status), which also shows operating system version, CPU type, ExtIO DLL, .. * export the settings: Options / Misc Options / Export HDSDR settings * possibly additional screenshots * possibly> additional RF / AF recordings and of course a detailed description of the error itself. (LC).

    G4ZFQ January 2013
    alan4alan at googlemail com
    More of my pages related to SDR
    Setting up CFGSR for different versions of the Softrock

    All aspects of the Softrock SDR a big page with lots of links but you should find answers to most questions.

     1 The Si570        
    2 Getting and Making Softrocks What computer?          
    3 Building a Softrock. Or look at        
    4 For Information Surrounding the Softrock  VHF converter, MOBO, PAs, Panadapter for use with conventional rigs etc.    
    5 Soundcards Setting up, USB, problems.      
    6 PIC/PICAXE control of the  Si570, Tony's first method. switched control without a computer. Reprogramming the PIC (and PICAXE)          
    7 Parallel Port Control of the SI570.        
    8 USB Control of the SI570  Information, driver installation. BPF control.       
    9 Serial (COM) Control of the Si570.         
    10 Some Stand-alone Controller Kits Control the Si570 independently. Links to other SDR kits.     Notes and links for all soundcard SDR software I know. 
    Including Modes not yet Supported by these SDR Programs.  Audio Files to Test Software Without a SDR And a few links to some of the many SDRs on the web. Check them out without owning one.    

    February 2017 v 2.76 released.
    - periodic and explicit level logging into .CSV file

    Look at the Keyboard Shortcuts.

    Single-Shot write S-Meter level to CSV  Ctrl + Shift + Insert
    Minimum Power averaging in ms for CSV  Ctrl + Insert
    AutoSave S-meter level to CSV on Level-Change  Shift + Insert
    AutoSave S-meter level to CSV periodically   Insert

    CSV saved on my computer C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\HDSDR\CSV