Images of the Remote Operation Software & Equipment at WB4IUY
Ham Radio Deluxe
I use Ham Radio Deluxe as my software to interface the computer to the Icom 756 in the shack. I can't say enough good stuff about this software. It is constantly being improved, and has loads of features, and makes it very easy to interface your computer with the internet for remote operations. You can download the software at: http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com/.
Digital Master 780 is a part of Ham Radio Deluxe, and enables me to operate most digital modes very easily. It will work RTTY, CW, PSK (most versions), Olivia, SSTV, Throb, HellSchriber modes, Domino, etc. You can get Ham Radio Deluxe, install it, and run just the Digital Master 780 (DM-780) without having to actually interface HRD to your rig for control. I ran this way for about a year, but once I interfaced my Icom with the computer for CAT control, I LOVE it!
LogMeIn / Team Viewer / Ammyy Admin
I no longer use LogMeIn when running my shack from
outside of my home (not on my wireless LAN). LogMeIn is no longer a free program for hobbiests, though is VERY easy to setup... much easier
than trying to set up Microsoft Remote Desktop, since you don't have to deal with a static IP, set permissions or
punch holes in the router, deal with firewall issues, etc. You can download it at
http://www.LogMeIn.com/, and install it
on yourshack computer and laptop.
If you want to hear the audio from your shack, you'll need an audio transport mechanism. LogMeIn has this, but it is a pay service and there is a good bit of delay in the audio path. I use Skype, because it's fast, easy to set up, and FREE (like most hams, I'm cheap!). You can download Skype at http://www.Skype.com/, and install it on yourshack computer and laptop. This will allow you to hear CW signals wen tuning the radio remotely, and operate phone modes (SSB, AM, FM).
Buxcomm Rascal Interface
I've said this before, but I'll say it again... the best $50 I've _EVER_ spent on my shack was when I bought a Rascal Soundcard/Rig Interface from Buxcomm. I had never even heard PSK31 or other digital modes of that sort... When the Rascal came in the mail to me, I had it opened, installed, and making my first contact on the air in less than 30 minutes. It was a beautifully simple plug and play operation, and came with all cables and software needed to get it up in running in just minutes. You can find it on Buxcomm Communications' website at http://www.buxcomm.com/. It doesn't get any easier or less expensive to get on the digital modes than this! Look down near the bottom of this page for Buxcomm Rascal setup info, system tips, mods, and more.
Buxcomm Related Posts on WB4IUY.BLOGSPOT.COM
This is easy! I simply use www.LogMeIn.com to connect to the home station, and use Skype for my remote audio transport. If I'm only working the digital modes remotely, I don't need to run Skype... I only start LogMeIn and connect to the home shack, and run the shack computer as if I'm sitting right in front of it. That's it!
Remote Interface Computer @ WB4IUY
The interface computer here at WB4IUY is homebrew. It uses a generic case, 300w power supply, 80gig HD, has multiple USB ports, conventional serial ports, 4 gig ram, and a 3ghz processor. The metal case is grounded to the shack's central grounding system, and has all I/O passing through ferrite snap-on cores for noise suppression. It does a great job, and is full-time backed by a UPS.
Using Buxcomm Rascal for remote PHONE & Digital operation...
This is a long description of a short & simple task, but I'm going to try and explain everything I learned in a bit of detail for those who are starting from scratch with their remote operation.
Buxcomm Rascal Mods for Keyed CW
I've been experimenting with my Buxcomm Rascal, to add a key line to it for CW operation (as opposed to MCW via DM-780). MCW works OK, but when you get on a busy band, it's nice to have narrow CW filters at your disposal. In the CW mode on my IC-756, I can only work hard-keyed CW. Click the image on the right to see my simple circuit modification.