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.
The picture below also highlights the capability nowadays of being able to remotely
control an Amateur Radio station via the Internet even if out in the middle of nowhere.
The following only applies when using a wireless Internet connection at the radio end. When I replaced my wifi router at the radio end with a new one because I had had it for a few years and it had deteriorated and was no longer usable, I ran into a problem which I thought was unsolvable.
Nowadays, most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use a function called 'CGN' on their wireless Internet connections. This means that the wireless IP address is no longer public and therefore, when, at the control end, trying to find the remote modem at the radio end (using a dynamic website address), this RemoteRig system will not work. This caused a lot of problems whereby I had to cease remote operating for about a year, when as luck would have it, a fellow Ham here in Adelaide, Matt, VK5HZ, who is a network technician, sent me an email to say that he had helped VK3SSB who, not long ago had the same problem. More information which may help you to overcome this problem is provided on another page. If interested, click here.
This video was made in 2011, before remotely controlled. It runs for 7 minutes.