Remote Radio:  FT-450D

As we extend our reach into the Universe, remotely controlling equipment will become even more vital.

Thanks to the people who have developed the Internet, Ham Radio stations are nowadays able to be remotely controlled too.

The following images show my 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 on Remote at the bottom left of this page.





This Youtube video was made in 2011 before remotely controlled. It shows the location in the Bush and one of the solar systems. It runs for 7 minutes.


The Internet has absolutely revolutionized and transformed our lives and Amateur Radio. Remotely controlling a Ham Radio station via the Internet is often desirable nowadays because of electromagnetic interference to radios in the cities due to power lines, TV's and many other sources. The 2 youtube videos below show my setup using the Remote Rig system and Ham Radio Deluxe. The 4 minute video on the left shows the reception from the IC-7300 remote radio, and the 10 minute video shows the reception from the IC-7600 remote radio at the home Qth. They were made in Dec. 2018 using my cell phone.


















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