Have a look at the RemoteRig page of Mikael, SM2OAN and see for yourself how simple remote contolling of amateur radios can be!
The most elegant solution is a transceiver with a detachable control panel. In this case the extension cable is cut and each end is connected to one of the two control-boxes on the control and on the (remote) radio site. Between the control-boxes lays the internet.
In my case, the FT-8X7 has to be placed at the remote site and controlled by a control software on a PC. All the control software programs I know look to complicated to me (except the original YAESU rc software fo the FT-950 and FT-2000), so I decided to write my own program, implementing the OmniRig Engine by Alex, VE3NEA.
Here are the results:
The features of my Remote-Control-Software are:
- Lean software, file size less than 300 kB
- No registry entrys, one exe-file and one dll-file in installation folder, one subfolder with setup-files
- Skin of YAESU FT-897, but works with many rigs supported by OmniRig
- Direct Band and Mode entry
- 1 kHz and 100 Hz - step control by arrow keys on keyboard
- Tune-Button, switches to AM mode, 25W and after release back to previous mode, previous power
RemoteRig offers one spare COM-Port [Remote-Rig "Com1"], wich can be used for rotor- or antenna switch-control etc. So far I have implemented 3 independently switchable channels to control 3 relays of an antenna selector switch at the remote end.
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