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1 Remote HF Operation HamCon 2010 Ron Rossi, KK1L

2 2 Maybe you are stuck here...

3 3 Maybe have a little time on a business trip...

4 4 Maybe you have all the time in the world...

5 5 Wherever there is internet access you can get on the air!

6 6 Initial Questions Is it legal? Is it legal? Where am I actually operating from? Where am I actually operating from? What do I need? What do I need? How does it work? How does it work?

7 7 Is It Legal? – Part 97 Basics §97.3 Definitions (partial) §97.3 Definitions (partial) –(5) Amateur station. A station in an amateur radio service consisting of the apparatus necessary for carrying on radio communications. –(13) Control operator. An amateur operator designated by the licensee of a station to be responsible for the transmissions from that station to assure compliance with the FCC Rules. –(14) Control point. The location at which the control operator function is performed. –(38) Remote control. The use of a control operator who indirectly manipulates the operating adjustments in the station through a control link to achieve compliance with the FCC Rules. § Control operator duties (partial) § Control operator duties (partial) –(a) The control operator must ensure the immediate proper operation of the station, regardless of the type of control. § Station control (partial) § Station control (partial) –(c) When a station is being remotely controlled, the control operator must be at the control point. Any station may be remotely controlled.

8 8 Is It Legal? – Part 97 Basics §97.5 Station license grant required (partial) §97.5 Station license grant required (partial) –(a) The station apparatus must be under the physical control of a person named in an amateur station license grant on the ULS consolidated license database or a person authorized for alien reciprocal operation by § of this part, before the station may transmit on any amateur service frequency from any place that is: (1) Within 50 km of the Earth's surface and at a place where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC; (1) Within 50 km of the Earth's surface and at a place where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC; § Station identification (partial) § Station identification (partial) –(a) Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every ten minutes during a communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions. No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station.

9 9 When operating a station remotely use the call sign appropriate to the physical location of the station. When operating a station remotely use the call sign appropriate to the physical location of the station. –You are the control operator of the amateur station. –Follow the rules where the station is located. Where Am I?

10 10 What do I need? Radio physically connected your computer Radio physically connected your computer Software to control your radio and other stuff Software to control your radio and other stuff Broadband internet connection Broadband internet connection Internet bridge for computer control Internet bridge for computer control Internet bridge for sound Internet bridge for sound

11 11 The Physical Connection The basics... The basics... –Radio with computer interface –Computer with sound card interfaced to radio –Computer controlled keying & PTT Nice extras... Nice extras... –Antenna switching –Rotator control –Amplifier control –Power on/off control

12 12 The Basic Station

13 13 Radio Meets Computer Serial RS232 / USB PTT & CW

14 14 Radio Meets Computer Sound Card Output Serial RS232 / USB Sound Card LineIn Sound Card Mic Input PTT & CW

15 15 Hardware Examples Commercial Units Commercial Units –WinKey (K1EL) –RigBlaster (West Mountain Radio) –DX Doubler (TopTen) –YCCC SO2R+ (K1XM) –Several others... Serial Keying and Audio Connections Parallel Port Keying

16 16 Station Control Software Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) –www.ham-radio-deluxe.com DXLabs Suite DXLabs Suite –Commander (rig control) –DXKeeper (extensive logging capability) –WinWarbler (RTTY, CW, etc) –www.dxlabsuite.com N1MM Logger (the top choice for contesting) N1MM Logger (the top choice for contesting) –n1mm.com n1mm.com Many, many others... Many, many others...

17 17 Station Control Software Features Features –Radio status (band, mode, etc) –PTT on/off –CW generation –Voice keying –Mode selection (CW, LSB, USB, etc) –Frequency selection –Antenna selection based on band –Rotator control –Others... (vary by program)

18 18 HRD Main Screen

19 19 DXLabs Commander Screen

20 20 Radio Met Computer Sound Card Output Serial RS232 / USB Sound Card LineIn Sound Card Mic Input PTT & CW

21 21 Let’s Build the Bridge

22 22 Putting It All Together

23 23 Putting It All Together QRZ Kilo Five Delta UP UP

24 24 Putting It All Together Sound Card Mic Input...QRZ Kilo Five Delta UP! UP!

25 25 Remote Computer Control Remote login software – FREE! Remote login software – FREE! LogMeIn LogMeIn –Relatively easy to set up VNC VNC –Requires Virtual Private Network (VPN) Microsoft NetMeeting, etc Microsoft NetMeeting, etc –Too slow

26 26 Remote Sound Voice over Internet (VoIP) software – FREE! Voice over Internet (VoIP) software – FREE! Skype Skype –Very easy to set up –Mono only IP-Sound by SM5VXC wireless.org.uk/software.htm IP-Sound by SM5VXC wireless.org.uk/software.htm wireless.org.uk/software.htm –Requires VPN or Port mapping –Stereo (good for two radio work)

27 27 Advanced Control Serverless Connection Serverless Connection –GlenTek –Hardware TCP/IP interface –Directly connects sound and radio control to the internet

28 28 Okay...Show Me! Demo time... Demo time...

29 29 KK1L Station Diagram FT1000 CPU 2x6 Antenna Switch TS850 YCCC SO2R Controller* Audio RF Serial Control Audio *MicroHam type controller PTT/CW USB RF

30 30 KK1L Station

31 31 KK1L Station

32 32 Audio Control and Antenna Switching

33 33 Okay...NOW Show Me! Demo time... Demo time...


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