A taste of remote operation with Justin G4TSH

It was great to have Justin G4TSH join us for Christmas again this year. In between the the obligatory and very enjoyable Christmassy activities, it was fun to look at Justin’s remote operating capability.
He brought with him what is essentially a remote front panel for the Elecraft K3, a Microset box and a laptop. The Microset box and the laptop were connected to our WiFi. Once this had been established, we were able to use the remote station in the south-west of the UK.
On the laptop we could control the rotator, but pretty much everything else could be controlled from the front panel of the K3.
It worked really well! Most of the time we were looking around on 10m and we both worked some nice South American stations (including CX1JJ and HC2IMP) using the big C31 yagi. There was no perceptible lag owing to network latency and to all intents and purposes.
Magical! It was really good to try this and to be able to use a nice big yagi on HF again. Thanks Justin!
Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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