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.

 

 

 

 

 

                 
                 

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This video was made in 2011. It runs for 7 minutes.