Remote Access

HF Remote Access


The club’s remote Kenwood TS-480 is setup in Golden Gate Estates using the club triband yagi (20, 15 & 10m) and a 40/80m Butternut vertical (vertical is currently not installed).


Getting Started

Step 1: Go to http://remotehams.com/ and do their steps 1 through 3,  use your call sign as your user ID.
Make sure that you install the newest version of 0.9 at the very top of the Remotehams download page!
Step 2:  Once you have the RCForb client installed and logged on after their approval, go to the top right corner and click on the + button next to “add remote”.

Fill the box out as follows and click on OK:

Step 3:  You will see ARASWF on the top of the screen, double-click on it and make the first connection, it will tell you that you must Request Club Permission to receive access.
After clicking on “Request Club Permission”, you should get the following:
Step 4: Please fill in the following form and click the Submit button OR send a short email to: ARASWF_RA@ARASWF.org , it will speed-up your approval time significantly.

Step 5:  Once approved, you will receive a reply to your email, or check the next day if you did not send an email. You may then click on the station and access the radio.

Some tips:

– Turn on power using the PWR button.
– You may need to select your headset mic and speaker first under the audio menu on the top left.

– Use the slider for mic and audio all the way on the very top left. Note that the mic and AF gain controls were removed, so use this instead.

– The TXd button is used as the PTT to transmit SSB, but you can use the space bar instead after clicking on TXd once (note that the space bar remembers the last button clicked and not specifically TXd).
– Disconnect using the drop down button on the far left of the menus (left of audio).

– The TS-480 will automatically power off if no one else connects within 60 seconds. You therefore do not have to turn power off on the rig.
– When someone is using the station, you will see their call sign listed as the current op and the controls will be blocked.

– To gain access, you can wait until they disconnect, or you can click on a button to request access and they can pass access over to you when ready. Alternatively, you can use the built-in chat function to ask when they will be finished or ask other questions.

– To send CW, use the field on the bottom right to enter your text and send when using the space bar. Use the CONFIG menu there to set it up to your preferences. Note that these preferences, memories and your text will only be seen by you.

– To turn the yagi, use the control on the right side of the client to click on a direction, or enter the bearing you want to turn to.

– You may wish to download the manual for the TS-480 from http://manual.kenwood.com/files/4fb9df09b7216.pdf and read the operating parts to familiarize yourself with the rig.
– Learn how to properly operate a receiver by also adjusting the RF Gain and DSP limits. A good guide can be found at http://brarc.org/wp-content/uploads/Adjusting_HF_Receivers.pdf
– Note that a number of controls have been removed or disabled from the remote interface. This was done to simplify operation and prevent someone from messing settings up for the next person. Also note that slider controls take effect once you let go of the slider and not as you move it.
– You can turn VOX on using the audio menu and using the switch found there on the far right. However, note that the latency may be too high to make it useful and you would have to use PTT in that case. First try turning the slider for VOX Delay all the way down to 300ms and see if that meets your needs.
– There is also an Android client available that costs a fee of $9.99. Download from Google Play using “RCForb” as the search term. There no clients available for Mac or iOS, sorry! !  Mac users must use a Windows Virtual Machine software like Parallels.
– To use your logging program with CAT, it is a bit tricky, just do the following:
1. Under the menu “Virtual Devices”, go to “Virtual K3” and set a COM port and turn it on
2. Connect to the ARASWF remote (it only works if connected first!)
3. Then start your logging software and set it to use a K3 (not a TS-480!) and the COM port that you selected (baud rate 38400)
If you require help or have a question, just email: ARASWF_RA@ARASWF.org and provide a phone number if that would be easier for you.
– We can add enhancements (e.g. paddle support, HRD client, etc.) in the future if there is a need and they are requested.