N4GYN Remote

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If you are here, it is probably because you have connected with my remote station via remotehams.com and you are looking for more information about operating my station.


If you are working ANY station, when giving your call sign
you MUST give credit to this station.

Example: “via N4GYN Remote”

It is my opinion that it is not fair to the DX station, to think you are operating direct from your own station; NOR is it fair to me for providing you with this remote station. 
If I hear you working DX stations without giving credit for this remote I will remove your transmit privileges.


I recently gave a presentation about RemoteHams.com at our local radio club, GARS (Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society) and it was recorded and put on YouTube.  This video is a good way to learn how to operate my station AND set up your station for remote control:



Instructions for operating N4GYN Remote:

Please use the newest remote client from RemoteHams.com. 
Click Here to download the latest 

If you are familiar with how to use the client already, here are some tips to make your operating more enjoyable:

  • When using NR, also use the WIDE filter.  NR works best with the WIDE filter. Then you can adjust the “PBT Outside” to roll off the highs if you have adjacent frequency interference.
  • I have pulse noise occasionally and NB is very effective to eliminate this kind of noise. 


When operating CW, you will want to do the following for side-tone while transmitting:

In the CW portion of the Client, click the CONFIG button:
Then Select “Enable Keyboard Sidetone”


IF you wish to operate using a CW key, here is how to do it:
Many thanks to Pat W5WTH for sharing this info

Antenna Switching Diagram

Buttons and Sliders Chart

RCForb PC Client Example

RCForb Mobile Client Info

Beam Headings at N4GYN


…lets you see the beam headings and propagation for a given location.
You can find it at:http://www.voacap.com/hf/

To find the beam heading for a specific station, do the following:
Write down the callsign of the station.
Look up that callsign in QRZ.com
Write down the station’s QTH (location).
Use VOACAP to get the beam heading…

Below is a snapshot of VOACAP, showing how to get the beam heading for my yagi (when you are on 20 meters and above).
♦ This example is for a contact with any station in France (near Paris). I looked up a station on QRZ.com and clicked on the detail tab to find his Grid Square.  Note the arrows & numbers below.
♦ #1 is the red point you want to move to YOUR location.
♦ #2 is the blue point you want to move to HIS/HER location.
♦ #3 is where you click [Prop Wheel] to get the graphic showing time and band for best propagation.
♦ #4 is pointing to the calculated beam heading you should use from MY QTH to get the best signal
♦ On the left (after you click on Prop Wheel-on the right side)  you can see a circle plot of the current propagation for each band at a given time period.  If you put your cursor on the hour and band you want, you will see the percentage of the chance of communicating with France.
♦ On the right side, above Prop Wheel, are other important settings for getting the best results; (mode, power, antennas, etc).

Click on the picture for a larger view….

Section 1
Buttons and Sliders on N4GYN Remote
NB Noise Blanker
NR Noise Reduction (DSP)
Tune Tunes the #1 antenna.
ANF Auto Notch Filter (will cancel up to 2 tones automatically)
MNF Manual Notch Filter (adjust with slider on left)
PBT Clr Pass Band Tuning Clear (returns filter to original setting)
Split Split transmit/receive frequencies.  Radio will transmit on SUB vfo frequency and receive on MAIN vfo frequency.
M/S Main versus Sub VFO (used to toggle between them)
M=S will make SUB VFO equal to MAIN VFO.
Comp Turns on Compression (levels are preset)
TEST When selected, TXd will allow you to “intercom” with others logged in WITHOUT transmitting on the air.
DW Dual Watch (if using SPLIT mode), you can listen to both frequencies at once.  DW should not be used if MAIN and SUB are set for different bands.
TXd Transmit button.  The “d” means “digital”.  It cuts out the local mic here so other sounds aren’t transmitted.
TUNE AutoTuner  works by clicking once on this button. 
Pre Amp MUST BE OFF if you are on 40 or 75 or 80 meters!!!
LOCK Shows if radio is locked by owner.
ATT Attenuator
PBT Inside & Outside sliders refer to controls on my radio.  Play with them and see what they do.  Then click on PB Clr to reset to the current Filter setting.
APF Audio Pass Filter – Works only with CW.  Amplifies weak CW signals after you tune them in using 500 Hz CW filter.
NR Level Noise Reduction Level.  Use this when NR button is selected.
SQL Squelch slider.  Should be at least 24 to mute in FM mode.
BAL Balance slider = When DW is selected, lets you slide from MAIN vfo to SUB vfo or hear both if centered.

Section 2
RCForb Client Example

There are 3 sections of the client on the right side: 
1) The Antenna Switch at the top;
2) the Amplifier Switch in the middle;
3) the Rotator control at the bottom.  These parts of the client can be shaped as you wish. Wide, narrow, large, small.

     See ADR 2200 Antenna Switch on the upper right side.
Note that the top 4 antenna switch selections are 1-of-4 only, while the bottom 4 are 4-of-4

NOTE: This and other sub-windows of the client can be resized to suit your taste. Put your cursor on the edge of the ADR-2200 window, look for the double-ended arrow, left click and drag for new size!

Section 3
N4GYN Antenna Switching Diagram

The TOP 4 switches are 1 of 4.  In other words, you can select only 1 of the 4 switches.  When you select another switch, the previous switch is no longer selected.
The BOTTOM 4 switches are 4 of 4.  You can select all 4 at one time.  BUT, if you want one of them to NOT be selected, you must select it again… toggle it on and off. 


The Antenna Switching System has been re-designed. 
See the next diagram. 

To select an antenna, do the following:

  1. Click on Select Wire Antennas or Select Yagi Antennas
  2. Click on the Wire or Yagi antenna of your choice. 
  3. De-Select the other TYPE of Antenna (bottom 4 choices)
    Antenna Wiring Diagram
    Click to enlarge

RCForb Client Remote Stations List
(Stations shaded gray are off-line)

Click for larger view

Here is a PowerPoint Presentation on How to Set Up your own station on Remotehams.com: