Big step forward. The RemoteRig units arrived and, after a struggle with ip set up and port forwarding, they are functioning at the Radio Ranch and in the condo on Merritt Island. The two locations are 140 miles apart. Connected by the internet, I can now control the Kenwood TS-2000 at the Radio Ranch from the condo. Audio – both ways – and radio control are controlled by the RemoteRig units (one on each end) and I’m controlling the rotor by a remote desktop app called LogMein. Audio reports have been good, no packet drop outs reported.
I have an Icom IC-7200 with a Buckmaster 6 band OCF dipole at the condo. This station is still in place and it’s very interesting to run both stations side by side. I have even used the two stations together, listening on the Icom and transmitting from the Radio Ranch with success. The difference in what I can hear between the two locations has also been surprising. The dipole at the condo runs north-south, favoring signals from the east-west in theory, and the Radio Ranch is a hexx beam, favoring the direction in which it is pointed. Early tests have shown the hexx beam into Europe and Asia is very strong. I’ve been able to work many stations on both stations and difference in signal reports have been significant. More to follow as I get more operating time.