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.

 

Be  careful  of  the  following.  I  upgraded  my  Radio  End  wifi  modem  to  the  latest  available.  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.  So,  I  am  now  looking  for  a  different  ISP  which  does  not  use  this  new  technology.  To  find  out  if  your  wifi  modem  at  the  Radio  End  is  using  CGN  and  therefore  wont  work,  click  here.

 

This  picture  also  highlights  the  capability  nowadays  of  being  able  to

remotely  control  an  Amateur  Radio  station  out  in  the  middle  of  nowhere.

 

 

If you are interested in running your station on solar power or controlling it remotely,

then perhaps you may like to visit my website pages below for further information.