I'm Gerry, W1VE, among many other calls. I've been an amateur radio operator for some 45 years. My primary operating activities are HF (shortwave) radio, using morse code (CW), and participating in contests (Radiosport).
My vocation is software engineering. Luckily, I've been able to combine my hobby with my vocation in interesting ways.
For the past 10 years, I've been involved in a rapidly-advancing component of the hobby -- remote radio operation. This means operating a radio in another part of the country or world using a remote connection -- typically the Internet.
Why operate remotely? That question has many answers. Some people want to operate remotely because they live in an apartment or antenna-restricted location. Others choose remote because they are interested in understanding propagation from different places on the globe.
As a radiosport operator, I enjoy helping multi-operator teams working together to build winning teams and stations. In a few of the stations I've been associated with, we use remote to offer flexible access to the station (on-demand vs driving multiple hours), and providing access for multiple operators during contests, without worrying about health during pandemic conditions.
In this blog I'm going to talk about various technical aspects of remote operation. It won't necessarily be a lot about RF -- it'll be more about how we overcome automation challenges when attempting remote operation.
I've tried to be a homebrewer for most of these challenges, so I'll present some of my homebrew thoughts, rather than pointing at expensive commercial solutions. (I have nothing against some of the great solutions out there -- the ham market is relatively small -- so prices must be high!) However, ham innovation and the ubiquitous availability of inexpensive hardware makes it so much fun to do it ourselves.
I am the owner of the domain remote.radio. If you are a radio ham who has a remote station and would
like a subdomain yourcall.remote.radio, please send me an email. I can support both fixed IP4 and dynamic IP adressing. Having a DNS name like w1ve.remote.radio is much better than most free dynamic DNS services. Besides, I'll add you to my free status.remote.radio site, which shows the ping and ping history for all the stations in the domain.
I look forward to your feedback and comments.