This article may not be of use to you. The following problem applies if you are using a wireless internet connection at the radio end of this remote system. The remote system used here is called 'Remote Rig'. If you intend to use this system with a wireless modem at the radio end, you will need to be careful of the following. I upgraded my Radio End wifi modem/router to the latest available (early 2018). When trying to install it and get the system up and running again, it would not work. I eventually found, after much trouble, that the ISP (Internet Service Provider) had upgraded the technical workings of the new modem to 'CGN'. This now applies to all of their new wifi modems here in South Australia. It now seems that other ISP's available here have done the same thing. To find out if your wifi modem at the Remote Rig Radio End is using CGN and therefore wont work, click here. This problem has curtailed my remote operating.
However, if your wireless modem/router at the RemoteRig Radio end uses a public IP address and not CGN, then this system described may still be of use to you. For this reason, I've kept this page online.
Remote Radio: FT-450D
The following images show the remotely controlled Ham Radio station using a Yaesu FT-450D.
This station is unattended and located on our property in a small shed in the South Australian Bush as shown below.
My Dad and I built this shed some years ago. It's made of second hand colorbond fencing iron.
This location is fairly isolated so the remotely controlled station is solar powered. Hence the batteries.
The nearest town is about 10 klms away (Internet Base station) so a 'mobile phone' 4G Internet connection is used.
The station is turned on and off remotely from the home Qth, 150 klms away using an
SMS Relay switch. Ham Radio Deluxe is used at home to remotely control the radio.
FT-450D, 'Remoterig' black box, blue SMS relay switch, wifi modem to the right. 30A, 12V relays in front plus solar controller.
Mobile phone antennas against the window. One used by the SMS relay switch and the other by the wifi modem.
Antenna at present is the Hustler 6BTV - 6 band HF vertical as shown.
A 12 volt, 145 watt monocrystalline solar panel charges the battery. It produces up to 8 amps.
This picture also highlights the capability nowadays of being able to
remotely control an Amateur Radio station out in the middle of nowhere.
This video was made in 2011. It runs for 7 minutes.