N4GYN Remote

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The Elecraft KPA1500 amplifier is online for your use!
– HOWEVER –
DO NOT USE THE BUILT-IN ANTENNA TUNER!!!
>> Do not click the ATU or TUNE buttons <<

Click the Tune button on the radio before clicking OPER on the amp every time you change frequency or band!

[ If you see the ATU button is selected, De-Select it by clicking on it. You may have to click it again to have BYP selected.]

FINALLY, if you (like me) find this hard to remember, copy and paste to a document and print it for quick reference when operating the N4GYN Remote.

FLASH:  My 7 element HF yagi is out of commision for a while.  The center conductor of the coax has departed the feed point of the beam. Soon to be repaired… (I hope).  Thank you for your patience.


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.

PLEASE READ!

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

Example: “This is [your call] 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.


Your First Time on my remote?

Things that you should always do when connecting to my remote:

  1. Click the ASK button and wait at least 15 seconds.
  2. Choose the band you wish to use.
  3. Choose the correct antenna! 80M Doublet for 80 meters.
    40M Delta Loop for everything else except 6 meters.
  4. If you have received TX rights, click Tune to tune the
    antenna.  The MFJ IntelliTuner does NOT auto-tune unless you click TUNE and may be left tuned for the last frequency used. Each band or frequency change (even within the same band) requires that you TUNE the antenna again to keep the SWR low.
  5. Check to see if the last user turned the RF Power down. (Look for the RF Power slider)
  6. If you wish to use the KPA1500 Amplifier (in sub-window on right side of the client) take time to study the controls before proceding.  Do NOT use the built-in antenna tuner!!
    A. Click on PWR (The button should turn dark with white label)
    B. IF you have clicked Tune on the radio, you are ready to proceed.
    C. Click OPER and you are ready for a QSO.
    D. PLEASE turn the amp off when finished!!!!!
    For BEST results when using the amplifier, leave the radio RF Power at 100 watts. There is an attenuator between the radio and the amp to limit the driving power to the amp.  I do not let it go over 1.5 KW.
  7. When you transmit voice, watch the audio stream at the top of the client. Set your mic level to only occasionally show color there. If you see orange or red colors, you are over-driving the audio. If you do not see any color ever, your mic may be set too low.  Use the MIC slider at the top of your client to adjust the level.  HINT: once you have moved it with the mouse, you can fine-adjust it with the mouse roller while resting on the slider.

NEW PRESENTATION

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX1mQG9WqV8&feature=youtu.be


More hints 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 Inside” slider 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. 

OPERATING CW

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”

NEW!!

IF you wish to operate using a CW key, here is how to do it:
http://www.whiskeytangohotel.com/2019/04/cw-key-via-usb-port-for-remotehamcom.html
Many thanks to Pat W5WTH for sharing this info


Latest Client with Amplifier Controls

Station Wiring Diagram

Antenna Switching Diagram

Buttons and Sliders Chart

RCForb PC Client Example

RCForb Mobile Client Info

Beam Headings at N4GYN


VOACAP Online

…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….



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

IMPORTANT:
There are 3 sections of the client on the right hand 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.

ADR 2200 Antenna Switch on the upper right side

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!  IGNORE the ADR-2200 Switches shown here. That has been updated – simplified.

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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. 

NEW!

The Antenna Switching System diagram has been revised. 

N4GYN antenna diagram Rev 5


 

N4GYN Station Wiring Diagram
N4GYN Station Remote Wiring Diagram
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RCForb Client
Remote Stations List

(Stations shaded gray are off-line)

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Here is a snapshot of N4GYN Remote via RCForb Client, as of 4/30/20. Version 0.9.250 Build 28712

N4GYN Remote Client
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Here is a PowerPoint Presentation on How to Set Up your own station on Remotehams.com: