Remote setup between EA3RCH and my Home QTH

Because i cannot have antennas and radios at home anymore and because i have all that stuff at the EA3RCH clubstation i am building EA3RCH as a remote station.

Objectives:

  • The setup needs to be accessible from everywhere and by every member of the club.
  • Little or preferable no setup is required on the client side.
  • Setup needs to cheap or free of charge.
  • Setup needs to be real or near real-time.

The plan:
The setup will exist of two configurations at the same time.

Basic setup

HRD Remote 1In the basic setup i will be using the TeamViewer Host software to allow to connect to the host PC and  watch the screen using TeamViewers Remote Control functionality.

The audio part will be handled by Skype. The Skype software will be configured in Auto-Connect mode and an account list will be configured so only authorized users will be able to connect to the host PC.

The advantage of this setup is that you are working as if you were sitting in front of the computer screen. You have full control over what’s happening and which software you want to use for controlling the transceiver.

With this setup i basically achieve all the objectives i mentioned before. This is also the setup i am going to introduce to the club members.

However, for my personal use i will go one step further.

Using the VPN connection

HRD Remote 2In this setup i will use TeamViewer to set up a connection between the  host PC and my VPN server in my home network. That makes that the host PC in the shack sits in the same IP network as my workstation.

On the host PC will run Ham Radio Deluxe Remote Server and will connect from my local HRD installation to the remote server on the host. That makes that i don’t need TeamViewer to use Remote Control to work the transceiver. Instead i will be directly connected to the host PC and everything that happens on the transceiver will be directly communicated to my local HRD software. Audio will still be handled by Skype.

Advantage of this setup is that it uses less bandwidth and all my logging is done locally. No need to copy logfiles between the clubstation and home HRD setup.

This is all going to be build next Saturday the 22nd of December (if the world than still exists). I will post here how everything went.