Remotely Operated HF Station

Updated 2 January 2017, 0215 UTC

Background
Station Equipment
Software Required By The Remote Operator (You!)
Scheduling Use
Operator Guides
RemAud Remote Audio Software
Ham Radio Deluxe
VB-Audio Cable
MultiPSK
Fldigi


Background:
In late 2015 it was proposed that the Club look into setting up a remotely operated station. This would allow Amateurs in the area who due do circumstances such as moving into apartments/condos that do not allow antennae, those who do not have the real estate to put up antennae, or can not justify/or afford an outlay of cash to purchase/set up a HF station, the opportunity to be on the air. It would aslo provide an on the air check of your transmitter audio quality.

A committee was established and at the January 2016 meeting gave a live demonstration of operating a remote station. After the demonstration, the Club members approved that a Remotely Operated HF station be established and allocated a budget.

Station Equipment:
The station is a Kenwood TS-570D operating into a G5RV antenna (10-80 metres) in a horizontal configuration and an Off Centre Fed (OCF) Windom (10 - 160 metres). The computer at the station is running Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.x and RemAud.

HF Remote Station Antennae layout

Software Required By The Remote Operator (You!):
For Voice operation: Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.x (Pay version) or Version 5.x (FREE) and RemAud.
If you wish to operate digital modes you will require a virtual audio cable, a digital mode program, and depending on the program supporting software.
Ham Radio Deluxe includes Digital Master/DM780.
MultiPSK works with HRD (TX/RX), and Fldigi works in RX mode only at present (working on TX configuration).
The VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide will guide you through configurations for these programs.
An internet connection will also be required.

Scheduling Use:
Google Calendar will be used for scheduling. Authorized Amateurs will be given access to the Google calendar allowing Amateurs to book their time slots as per the Operating Guidelines.



Operator Guides

The current version is VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide V2.0 dated 1 January 2018.

Download the VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide V2.0 1 January 2018, 5.8 MB PDF

Download the Kenwood TS-570D User Manual (Kenwood Support)
Once downloaded, place a copy into the same folder that you will place the VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide. Rename the TS-570-English.pdf file to TS570_Users_Manual.pdf and it will be available from the link within the VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide.

RemAud Remote Audio Software
RemAud will be used to transfer the audio between you and the remote station.
RemAud website

Ham Radio Deluxe:
In early 2003, Peter PH1PH and Simon HB9DRV talked about developing a simple program to control the soon to be released ICOM IC-703. Maybe it was the beer or the desire to give something back to the radio amateur community, on June 6th, 2003 the first line of code was written and Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) was born. By late 2005, the number of registered users stood at around 20,000.

As time went on, more radios were added to the software. Then Simon and Peter began adding more features. Eventually, the software began to handle Logging, Digital Modes, Satellite Tracking, and Rotator Control in addition to the Radio Control.

HRD Software Buys Ham Radio Deluxe
The first release of Ham Radio Deluxe by HRD Software occured at the Orlando Hamcation in February of 2012. This release was free with the option to purchase support. In February 2013, HRD Software released the first commercial version of Ham Radio Deluxe. This was version 6.0 which included new radios, DX Cluster support, Awards reporting, and more. The look of the modern day Ham Radio Deluxe is very similar to the last version that Simon released in 2010.

HRD Ver 5.x is no longer available on the HRD website, however, they gave permission for anyone to host the files as long as long as they were free to download, keeping the spirit of having HRD 5.x Free!

HRD Ver 6.x: Ham Radio Deluxe website

HRD Ver 5.x:
HRD Ver 5.24.38 (October 2012 - British English Fix)
HRD Ver 5.24.36 (August 2012)

Think the only difference between the two files is the language (US or British English)

NOTE:
HRD 5 will run under windows 10 - Do not install into the default directory.
Install it into its own folder such as C:/HRD5

HRD Ver 5.21 Preliminary Manual

VB-Audio Cable
For operating digital programs/modes you will require a virtual audio cable: VB-Audio Cable (Free/Donation) can be downloaded from VB-Audio Cable. See configuration details in the VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide (in progress).

MultiPSK
MultiPSK (Free) is a comprehensive digital program can be used with Ham Radio Deluxe. MultiPSK can be downloaded from the MultiPSK web site. It requires a virtual audio cable (above), DXLab to Ham Radio Deluxe bridge, DXLab Launcher, and at least one DXLab application. DXLab programs can be downloaded from the DxLab web site. MultiPSK (Tx/RX) has been tested with PSK31 using this software. See configuration details in the VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide (in progress).

Fldigi
Fldigi (Free) has been tested with the Remote Station but as of this date it works in receive mode only. It requires a virtual audio cable (above). Fldigi can be downloaded from the Fldigi web site. Fldigi (RX) has been tested with PSK31 using this software. See configuration details in the VE3KBR HRD Remote Station Operations Guide (in progress).



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