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Since I use the IC-7100 with two RRC clients, my second Radio (server) RRC has become redundant.

FS: RRC-1258mkII Radio Unit with installed wifi card in excellent condition.

Asking 250 total (RRC + Wifi card + Shipping EU)
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General discussion forum / Problems with sleeping
« on: 2013-12-19, 16:38:21 »

Sleeping problems are quite common amongst radio DX-ers, but this is not what my subject is about  ;)

I am having some problems with Remoterig and APO "auto power off" functions in different radios.
With the RRCs in combination with my IC7100 the APO functions perfectly as it should.
With my IC706/703/R2500 APO seems ignored by the RRCs (radio simply stays on)
With the TS480 the radio goes to sleep but does not wake up anymore,the radio RRC stays "transferring" and does not go to idle,while the radio itself seems off.The TS480 radio body needs a DC power reset before the RRC server functions normally again.

I wonder where the differences in APO handling between several radios come from?
All radios mentioned have the timer function incorporated in the radio body, not in the control unit.
I would expect the radio body simply go to sleep/idle without needing any data exchange with the control head before switching to idle.

Would there be any solution to handle APO better in the other radios?
APO is not only handy to give the DXer his necessary sleep, but is also a quite valuable function to preserve power in solar/battery installations.

Mainly, I would like to understand why APO is problematic with some radios, while others work fine.


Hardware, Cabling, Installations / IC-7100 TX monitor?
« on: 2013-09-21, 16:07:59 »

Should TX Monitor work in remote via the RRC's?

I've always understod they are full duplex capable.
Or is audio muted in the control RRC?


General discussion forum / Some IC-7100 experience
« on: 2013-09-07, 17:31:34 »

I have been using the RRC/7100 for some weeks now and really enjoy the combo.

There are some small issues I encountered, which I think are Icom's problem but may be worth noticing:

-Sometimes the radio body will not power up at the remote end while the RRC connection/transfer is okay. The body of the radio needed to be reset by DC power interrupt. I use a i/o port of the RRC to switch DC power to the radio for safety,this is highly recommended for the 7100 to be able to reset by DC interruption.
-At random the control head does not correctly recognize the headphone socket. Even with headphone installed the speaker is still switched on.
-I noticed that after a few days of having the radio's DC powered down, the date/time was back to 00:00. I haven't checked thorroughly, but other settings seemed to be still there.
Better to keep DC present to the radio body and only use DC disconnect for reset (and use the SD card periodically to make a settings copy).



Since I am operating some more equipment at my remote location, I noticed that powering down the IC-706mk2g (with the power button on the remote control head) always causes a short TX burst.

The 706 shortly keys down, which I notice on my other equipment.

My TS480/RRC combo does not do this.


General discussion forum / Icom IC-7100
« on: 2013-03-05, 23:28:52 »
Hi folks at Remoterig,

Since compatibility with Remoterig is going to boost IC-7100 sales dramatically;
Has Icom given you the possibility to pre-test the configuration?

I am thinking to become an early IC-7100 adopter but RRC compatibility is crucial for me.

If you have any news, I'd be glad to hear.



A tough one :-)

Since some time I have a small problem with one of my control RRCs.
It is the old (mono) version and I have a WIFI board installed.

Here's what happens:
If I start up the unit by inserting power it sometimes gets into a "start-up loop".
The red/orange light flashes, the green light just *very* briefly flashes, the audio gives a click end all repeats several times. Only after several startups the unit gets to the regular green blinking status of waiting for a connection, and eventually it finally connects to WIFI. This can be after more than 15 startup loops.

As I have 2 RRC sets I tried exchanging WIFI boards, same problem.
If I use the unit with ethernet, there is no problem at all, it connects immidiately.

Lately the problem stayed away for a while but now temperatures have dropped around this RRC to about freezing point, the problem is back again. seems this RRC has a problem acknowledging the WIFI board when temperatures are quite low.

Is there any temperature critical component I could look at?
Could it be the WIFI board somehow receives too little current so the unit wants to restart?
What regulator is supplying the WIFI board voltage?
Is there a temperature limitation for the WIFI board itself?

I realise this is a strange & difficult to analyze problem.
Any advice welcome.


Configuration, RRC 1258 / New RRC/Wifi set arrived
« on: 2012-12-11, 18:30:17 »

Today my second RRC/Wifi set arrived for my TS-480SAT.
I would like to try a setup locally first before moving the radio body to my server location,but can't get things to work yet. Must be overlooking something...

Both RRCs are wifi-ized and they are visible on my router, I can connect to the webbrowsers and have made all my TS480 settings.

In the Client RRC I entered in SIP contact the LAN IP of the (local) server.
In the Server RRC I entered the SIP contact with the Client LAN IP adress.
All is within LAN.

Both green power leds stopped flashing so the RRCs "see" each other over Wifi.
I only get the dial tone when I push the TS480 power button.

What have I forgotten?


Hardware, Cabling, Installations / TS-480 cables
« on: 2012-11-28, 19:25:57 »

Having used Remoterig with my IC706mk2g for about two years, I found out it is the most stable and reliable remote ham solution I have. So I decided for a second "DX" setup with the TS480SAT.

The RRC manual still speaks about splitting/making your own cables but I would like to have a lazy approach this time. Is it correct I need:

Radio side.
- A short RJ11 cable with all six leads (already in ts480 box)
- a short isolated RJ45 CAT5 patch cable for microphone audio
- a minijack cable for keyer (or is this not needed?)

Control side.
- just a single RJ11 cable to front (already in ts480 box)
- (mic straight into RRC)

Hope to have my second setup ready for winter time conditions.
Btw: Are wifi-boards also possible to order pre-installed?


Hardware, Cabling, Installations / Wifi feature request
« on: 2012-10-13, 18:55:55 »
Hello Remoterig team,

Would be possible to add the wifi channel in the list of available SSIDs?

In this way it would be easier to diagnose which channel to use for your RRC.

(My control-head RRC sometimes sees more than 10 access points....)


General discussion forum / RRC Wificard > medium wave noise
« on: 2012-08-04, 14:48:40 »

I'm using the Wifi card for several weeks now and it is a great solution.
My link is around -76dBm without any degradation in data compared to ethernet.

A small side effect I noticed is a significant increase in noise in the upper region of the Medium Wave.

Does the Wifi card contain a switched DC-DC converter that needs to be tamed?
Any other ideas?

Keep up the good work.

General discussion forum / Remote switching via RRC
« on: 2012-06-19, 09:03:57 »
Hi group,

With the addition of wifi, and the steadyness of Remoterig, l would like to make the RRC the central part of my remote link.

For this I would like to do some simple remote switching of other equipment via the RRC.
(this will boot a small server and some SDR equipment)

What is the easiest way to switch 1 or more relays via the RRC connection?
With serial busses? Or could I simply use the CW key output? (it is not in use)

Any tips welcome.

Hardware, Cabling, Installations / Wifi card
« on: 2012-06-18, 15:17:06 »

Happy to report my Wfi board installation went very easy with the pdf manual at hand.
I use it on the server location, so I placed the Wifi antenna chassis in the empty CW-pot slot of the RRC remote radio enclosure.
(this saves drilling ;-)

Wifi connection is very steady, no difference compared to ethernet link.
Radio and RRC are now galvanically seperated from DSL/router/etc. resulting in much reduced ethernet carriers and data warbles.

One thing is unclear to me with the latest FW:
Are wifi settings also stored per radio profile?

It seems if I choose another radio profile Wifi link is lost after reboot.
It would be nice if there were a 100% fool proof link re-establishment when changing profiles.

(Btw power down gives perfect reconnection)

Thanks for this wonderful option!


For who's interested and wants a to reduce selfmade QRM to a minimum:

I've decided to connect my Remoterig with a fiber-optic link to the router.
This gives galvanic seperation and keeps ethernet/router QRM at minimum levels.
With fiber optics you can cover a 2km link between router/DSL and your Remoterig.

The Allied Telesyn "media converters" are a good solution for this as they are becoming very cheap secondhand.
I tried the MC101XL (100baseT) with good results, but still noticed some ethernet carriers.
Now I use the older AT-MC13 (10baseT) which I obtained for 20 euro a piece on Ebay.
QRM from the ethernet link and Remoterig data noise has been reduced drastically.

If you want to locate your station galvanically seperated in a minimum QRM location far away from router/ethernet noise I can highly recommend a fiber-optic link.




Does the radio side always automatically switch off, when SIP connection is lost?

What is the time out value?


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