Presenting a brand new way to Remotely Control
Click the above icon to go directly to the RemoteTX website.
Click above to try the system yourself.
The demo gives a person access for 15 minutes to an Icom 7200 that is connected to a listening only loop antenna.
The transmit function is disabled.
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I am Barry VE3ISX, and have been operating traditional Remote Controlled transceivers
for the last 10 years. The current system relies on a SKYPE connection to a conventional
transceiver with a SignaLink sound device.
This system requires at least two dedicated computers, one for the SKYPE server
and the other for control of the transceiver.
Recently, I was reminded of a NEW and cost effective way of doing the same thing with a
bare minimum of equipment.
The product employs a Raspberry Pi mini computer,
an Icom, Yaesu or Elecraft transceiver plus internet connection.
Features that caught my attention:
Conveniently operate your station with a smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you have Internet access.
Both radio control and 2 way audio are integrated in an intuitive web browser app.
No additional software such as Mumble, Skype or Teamviewer is required.
Plug and Play network setup. (No special firewall configuration. Works with CGN.)
No dedicated PC required at station.
Low cost, widely available standard hardware (Raspberry Pi..purchased by from Amazon.ca).
Here is what I purchased:
CANAKIT Raspberry Pi 4...starter kit.
The Raspberry Pi kit included a preprogrammed 32GB micro SD card
with all the necessary software to boot it up in a easy to view graphical user interface.
It all looked familiar with the connection to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse.
I next contacted Marcus AK7MG, from the website, the developer of RemoteTX programming
to start the FREE 1 month demo program. He recommended removing the 32GB SD
and substitute a fresh 16GB micro SD card and download the necessary setup file from
his website. After that I was emailed a configuration file from Marcus that was my personal account.
Using a Raspberry Pi Imager tool, the main software to run the Pi was flashed onto the new card.
Next the personal configuration file was simply applied from the Windows 10 download to the SD card.
Next, the magic happened.
A few things had to be connected:
A USB connection was connected to my Icom IC-7100
The radio was configured with proper baud rate and specific instructions from the software author.
Marcus will provide all the instructions from his emails back to you.
The Raspberry Pi has two USB 2 and 3 connectors plus two HDMI output ports.
Turned on the supplied power supply to the Raspberry Pi and following showed up on the external monitor.
How it works:
The Raspberry Pi runs a custom software image that is a free download from RemoteTx.
The operator is issued a unique callsign key from RemoteTx that is installed on the custom image.
This allows the RPi to establish a secure encrypted connection to the RemoteTx Internet cloud servers when it boots.
This connection is unique to the station call sign and remains established
as long as the Rpi is powered on and the Internet connection is functioning.
If there is an Internet disruption it will re-connect automatically once the disruption is resolved.
This connection is used by RemoteTx to control radios and sound cards connected to the Raspberry Pi.
Local Screen Shot:
The Raspberry Pi now was configured running Linux.
No keyboard, mouse or monitor was required to keep the server running in the shack.
So, how does one access the remote rig?
One simply connects using an Internet browser using a personal password controlled account login.
An iPhone, iPad, Android device, or Windows or Mac device is all that you need.
Here is what happens next.
You select your Radio and the rest of the fields as per your information.
Click the Radio button...you will notice the network is connected.
Here is what happens next.
Click "Connect IC-7300" button or what ever radio you are using (mine is the IC-7100)
You then turn on the Radio with the "On" button
and you'll notice your transceiver is turned on.
Simply dial up the band you need, dial up the frequency.
You should have full RX/TX control by pushing the PTT button.
This is a great solution for those with vhf/uhf/HF transceivers.
YOU WILL NEED A USB HEADSET FOR YOUR DESKTOP TO LISTEN AND TRANSMIT.
Your portable iPhone, iPad will work with the built in microphone and speaker.
Finally, I've had my iPhone connected to the Bluetooth home entertainment system.
Fills the room with great sound and still allows FULL TX.
Click above for YouTube video featuring Marcus from RemoteTX
Try before you buy for 30 days.
There is a subscription per year to continue the use of this system after 30 days.
This product is personally approved and recommended by me!
This product is great for anyone who travels or has changed to an apartment/condo QTH.
I am currently Beta testing this product with Marcus using my IC-7100 and IC-7610