5Wherever there is internet access you can get on the air!
6Initial Questions Is it legal? Where am I actually operating from? What do I need?How does it work?
7Is It Legal? – Part 97 Basics §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)(a) The control operator must ensure the immediate proper operation of the station, regardless of the type of control.§ 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.
8Is It Legal? – Part 97 Basics §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;§ 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.
9Where Am I?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.
10What do I need? Radio physically connected your computer Software to control your radio and other stuffBroadband internet connectionInternet bridge for computer controlInternet bridge for sound
11The Physical Connection The basics...Radio with computer interfaceComputer with sound card interfaced to radioComputer controlled keying & PTTNice extras...Antenna switchingRotator controlAmplifier controlPower on/off control
14Radio Meets Computer PTT & CW Serial RS232 / USB Sound Card LineIn Sound Card OutputSound Card Mic Input
15Hardware Examples Commercial Units WinKey (K1EL) Parallel Port KeyingCommercial UnitsWinKey (K1EL)RigBlaster (West Mountain Radio)DX Doubler (TopTen)YCCC SO2R+ (K1XM)Several others...Serial Keying and Audio Connections
16Station Control Software Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD)DXLabs SuiteCommander (rig control)DXKeeper (extensive logging capability)WinWarbler (RTTY, CW, etc)N1MM Logger (the top choice for contesting)n1mm.comMany, many others...
17Station Control Software FeaturesRadio status (band, mode, etc)PTT on/offCW generationVoice keyingMode selection (CW, LSB, USB, etc)Frequency selectionAntenna selection based on bandRotator controlOthers ... (vary by program)
29KK1L Station Diagram TS850 CPU FT1000 *MicroHam type controller YCCC Serial ControlTS850YCCCSO2RController*AudioRF2x6AntennaSwitchUSBCPUPTT/CWAudioAudioFT1000RFPTT/CWSerial Control*MicroHam type controller