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My Remote Rig quit working a month or so ago. No connection. My rig is a Kenwood TS-480HX. Finally made it down to the remote site today and found the network cable from the modem to the Remote Rig unplugged. Plugged it in, checked everything out, and I could connect to the remote via my laptop. Didn't think to take the control head with me to test for local operation. Came back home and powered on the radio. Everything seems to work but I was getting a fast beep from the speaker. Discovered I could have the audio fully down and still got the beep. The radio functions fine and all knobs and dials seem to work but will not transmit. Tried turning off the rig, waited a few seconds, powered it back up, beep was gone but the radio was scanning frequencies and I could not make it stop, again all the knobs and dials seem to work fine. Stations would come in and go out and the radio tuned up the dial. No transmit either.

When I power up I get one of two modes. Radio seems to work fine except for no transmit with the fast beep in the background or power up, no beep and the radio works except it begins to scan frequencies. Discovered when in either mode it will not go into transmit however I can press the PF (function key) and the radio will go into antenna tune mode it will transmit and the MFJ auto-tuner at the remote shack tunes up fine.

I figure I need to go back to the remote site next weekend and troubleshoot and take the control head with me to see how it works locally, but I was hoping there might be some things to try from my control point.

Thanks,
Tom
W5GV


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General / Cannot connect-error says no call sign
« on: 2015-09-22, 08:52:18 »
When I try to connect using 1.3.2 it flashes down at the bottom of the screen "call sign is missing. Since I have a call sign entered I'm not sure what the problem is. I'm using the demo version I just downloaded. I can connect with the radio just fine using my remoterig here at the house so I know everything on the remote end is up and working properly.

Thanks,
Tom
W5GV

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General discussion / Low Audio in DM780
« on: 2015-03-22, 22:03:26 »
I received my RRC-Micro client and got the dongle installed. Everything seems to be working although I haven't tried to transmit yet. Volume level is good in the micro-client and HRD, but in DM780 there is barely enough audio to drive the waterfall and reception.

I have all the volume levels at screaming levels and I only get about 2-3% signal level in DM-780 and that is only when I plug in an external speaker to the laptop and tell Windows 8 to listen to that port and set DM780 to use that port otherwise DM-780 is not getting anything.

I tried using both the microbit microphone and speakers and the laptop onboard soundcard microphone and speakers and always have sound everywhere, except in DM780. When I change microphone and speakers I always go through and match the RRC-micro client, HRD and DM780.

Everything works fine on my desktop PC running the same version of HRD and DM780 running through my regular Remote Rig control boxes.

There are way too many soundcard configuration options these days and I may be missing something.

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General discussion / Trouble with Virtual Com Ports Resolved
« on: 2015-03-02, 02:27:16 »
My Microbit RRC client was working fine yesterday. Today it couldn't locate any com ports. I played with it for quite a while and finally downloaded a virtual serial port driver from http://www.eltima.com/products/vspdxp/ and it works fine. The only trouble is it's a 14 day demo and the drivers are $99 USD. I'm using a Windows 8.1 laptop and from what I can tell from reading on the internet Windows 8 has a difficult time with virtual com ports.

Any other suggestions for virtual com port drivers that are cheaper? The FabulaTech drivers from Microbit don't always seem to do the job with Windows 8.

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General discussion / Audio with digital modes
« on: 2015-03-01, 04:48:56 »
I'm trying to figure out a way to work digital modes without having to listen to them using HRD and DM780. If I turn the audio down on my laptop it turns the audio down in DM780 and I cannot decode any signals. So far the only thing I have figured out is to plug in a pair of external speakers and turn the volume down on them. It works but then I have to carry around a set of external speakers all the time.  :-\

I'm enjoying the demo version. Now that I have it all working I will be buying it when I get my next paycheck.

Tom
W5GV

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The control unit at my apartment started a weird problem. With the TS-480 turned off the Remoterig control unit it would start to cycle. Green light would flash, then the red and yellow lights at the mic connector would flash, then it would repeat continuously. I unplugged the cable going to the radio control head and it would stabilize. Finally it would continuously cycle with everything but the power unplugged. I tried a different power supply and everything works fine.

The other power supply has a 3 amp rating so I am hoping that something in the control unit is not going out and requiring more current to function. I ordered a new power supply from HRO and it should be here next week. I didn't measure the voltage on the old power supply to see if it dropped significantly when plugged in. If the new power supply doesn't work I will do some additional investigation. I've been busy at work and working over the last 3 weekends so haven't had a chance to really troubleshoot the issue.

Thanks,
Tom

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General discussion forum / Remote Control MFJ-993B
« on: 2014-10-26, 01:50:59 »
The MFJ-993B auto antenna tuner has a remote control box as an option using an RS-232 serial cable. I wrote MFJ and asked about the serial interface telling them my Remote Rig had a pass through com port. They told me it should work fine but I had no luck. I plugged the serial cable into the antenna tuner and into com 2 on the Remote Rig at the site. When I powered the antenna tuner on it went into some kind of setup mode asking if I wanted to delete an antenna. I could cancel out of that menu but it would not go back to the normal display. Of course the MFJ gives no information on the baud rate, etc., that it is looking for since it is a proprietary interface. I suspect it is not a true com port and they are using the RS-232 type cable and port as they are common and cheap.

Anyone have any experience getting one to work using Remote Rig? Although the auto tune works fine it would be nice to switch the tuner into bypass mode on occasion.

Thanks,
Tom
W5GV

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So my remote is on the second floor of an old building with no heating or cooling and no insulation. New Mexico gets very hot and very cold (not too worried about the cold). It can also get very windy and it is always dusty. I would like to put the rig, power supplies, antenna tuner, DSL modem, etc. in a cabinet or box of some kind to protect it from dust and prying eyes, but I'm concerned about heat. The power supplies and the radio have cooling fans, but obviously I need to provide some ventilation. I thought about making some cutouts in a cabinet and put filter material over them with a grill of some kind. I could go with an aux fan on the cabinet and still may do that.

I wondered what others are doing in similar situations.

Thanks,
Tom
W5GV

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General discussion forum / Almost had it working - Questions
« on: 2014-03-29, 04:08:23 »
First question is after setting up DMZ on my router and getting my RRC entered into it I was able to connect to the RRC remote web page from my iPhone. Since this it totally outside my DSL router network I'm thinking that I am good to go as far as having the remote RRC available so I can connect to it from home. Is that correct?

From there I thought I was ok, but I took everything apart to set up the radio and rerun all the cables so they are out of the way. After bringing everything back up I could not connect to my remote RRC from my iPhone or connect to my DSL router from my iPhone. I'm guessing the DSL router IP changed. I was out of time, I had already disconnected my computer, and the owner of the building wanted to close up so I will be going back to the remote site tomorrow to see what happened although I'm pretty sure the IP changed.

I did not set up dynamic DNS on the remote rig, nor did I set it up on my modem although it is available on their configuration menu. I'm a little confused as with the DMZ setup the RRC is using the modem IP. I would think I would want dynamic DNS setup on the modem not the RRC. Another option I have is to lease a fixed IP from CenturyLink for 5.95US a month and not worry about it.

I guess I don't understand why I configure dynamic DNS on the RRC when it is running through the DSL router but I know very little about networks as you can tell.

Thanks
Tom
w5GV

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General discussion forum / Internet Speed Needed
« on: 2014-03-01, 01:30:41 »
So I put in an order with CenturyLink and the fastest speed available at my remote location is 3 mega-bit. Will that be fast enough for voice and digital modes?

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General discussion forum / Monitoring XMIT audio on TS-480HX
« on: 2014-01-19, 01:45:46 »
On the Kenwood TS-480HX there is a transmit audio monitor that allows you to listen to yourself when transmitting. I'm getting no audio in my headphones when transmitting. It works with the panel connected to the radio. Watching the ALC I appear to be transmitting audio but nothing coming through the headphones on xmit. I tried using the speaker jack on the control head and the speaker jack on the RRC control. RX audio is fine. Everything else appears to be ok and working.

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I'm considering purchase of a RemoteRig. The remote location has 4G available. The carrier will be Verizon. The control point will be DSL. I've searched and read through a number of posts concerning 3 and 4G at the remote location and I'm pretty confused. I'm experienced in simple networks, but really have no knowledge of the cellular system.

It looks like I can use a 4G router connected to a RemoteRig. Is a USB 4G dongle or air card the better way to go? Do they still have those? I haven't seen one lately. As far as I can tell I cannot plug a dongle directly into the RemoteRig but instead need to use a router. It looks like I can use dyndns or a similar service that RemoteRig supplies to keep the IP updated when Verizon changes my IP since I will not have a private IP. It also appears that if I get a Verizon 4G router I need to have an additional router connected or is that only if I use a dongle or air card?

It probably doesn't matter but I will be controlling a Kenwood TS-480HX through an MFJ autotuner. I'm going to download the manual and look through that tomorrow.

Is there a single post somewhere that details all of the basic info I need to connect to a remote location using 3 or 4G? I don't want to get the 4G router and be stuck with a 2 year contract if it doesn't work.

Thanks,
Tom
W5GV

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