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We have been carrying on with our work on remote rigs and the latest addition is the TS-590SG. This has proved to be quite straight forward and as before, simply requires a USB lead from any PC to the radio. We are using an old laptop with an early version of Windows. With this simple setup it is possible to operate this radio from anywhere in the world. And we have even managed to remotely control the power on / off button.

Peter G3OJV.

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Even More Remote   October 14th, 2015

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Here at Waters and Stanoton we are continuing to work on the remote control systems for ham radio. The picture above shows just how simple the base station control system needs to be. The laptop is responsible for interfacting between our Elecraft base station and our wiifi system.
We have now configured our base station so that it works with the matching KPA-500 amplifier. We are also able to remotely switch the amplifier on and off. Visitors to the shop have been very impressed with our demo facility of the remote control of our base station. Almost any computer can be used. We are currently using £150 type laotops to demo the station. Provided wifi access is available, it is possible to achieve full transceive from anywhere in the world.
Justin, G0KSC, has been experimenting with mobile phone control and is now able to demonstrate control of the Elecraft station using an Android phone. What is more, this system will work on 4G networks. So if there is a 4G network available, it is now possible to operate our demo station using a mobile phone via 4G. That opens up all kinds of possibilities. Mobile operation from a car running 400W to a 70ft dipole!

More reports to come. Peter Waters G3OJV.

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Remote Operation Update   October 11th, 2015

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Justin, G0KSC and myself have been carrying out further work on remote operation using the Elecraft K3S as the main transceiver located at Hockley showroom. We have now got things working pretty well and our tests have all been carried out on 40m because the band is open for most of the day and night. The antenna is a rotary dipole at 70ft.

Today, Justin is away at the RSGB Ntional Convenvention where he is giving a lecture on antennas. He has reported back that he is able to operate the K3 using his smart phone. For my part, I am able to listen to 40m anywhere in my house and indeed anywhere, where there is wifi.

The picture shows my own current station and the Laptop PC above which cost me £129 from Staples and runs the remote connection with a touch screen skin of the K3S. That is pretty neat I think you will agree. It means that if I take my campervan to any site that has wifi, I can operate on 40m with a big antenna, and all with a cheap laptop.

Peter G3OJV

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A Remote Reality   October 7th, 2015

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The photo shows my laptop with the K3 displayed on it and this forms my remote control for the K3 located at our demonstration centre at Hockley in Essex. I can’t take all the credit for this as a part of the work was done by Justin G0KSC.

I used a low cost laptop with fold back screen. This gives me comprehensive receive and transmit control with RIT, NB, NR, filter mode and band selection etc. The system works well and the next step is to use a hardware controller instead of the PC. However, with the touch screen on my PC it offers the possibility of excellent remote operation from hotels etc.

Peter G3OJV

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A Remote Possibility!   October 6th, 2015

We have recently been looking at the way forward with remote operation of ham radio transceivers. A meeting we had with Elecraft a few weeks ago prompted us to use our K3S line up as the test bed. We have today completed the initial phase of the set-up, which enable us to remotely operate the K3S from anywhere in the world. The benefit is most likely to be for those who have for one reason or another, no access to decent, or indeed, outside, antenna systems. Anybody with a Windows based PC or laptop, should be able to operate a station remotely.

We intend to publish fuller details once the work is completed, and to also encourage clubs to make available a remote station for those who may live in flats or restricted locations. This will enable many to continue with the hobby, even if they no longer can operate from home.

Peter G3OJV

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