I have been experimenting with remote operation of my K2 using the Internet for control and audio. So far I tried using VNC and WINDOWS Remote Desktop for connecting from my client computer to the remote station. Both basically worked, but have had reliability issues. Today I tried a new approach – a program called TeamViewer.

I first heard of TeamViewer from another Ham. I told him I was thinking about remote operation. He was planning to do the same, and told me he was going to use TeamViewer. TeamViewer is free for non-commercial use. I downloaded it on the Host and Client PCs, started it, and voila – a connection with no hassles. No Firewall problems, no using Skype for audio seperate from the remote desktop application, etc. I am in the first hours of trying this, but it could not hvae been easier so far.

Here is a screenshot, using HRD. Of course this just shows a screenshot of HRD, but I am using TeamViewer to operate it.

Remote K2 operation with HRD and TeamViewer

The overlay in the lower right corner is for control of the connection and audio. It can be minimized to allow a full view of the HRD screen. If my initial attempt with TeamViewer is any indication of its utility and reliability, I will be using it for all my remote applications.

I don’t want to overlook HamRadio Deluxe. This is the only application I have used so far for remote radio control of the K2. There are some K2 functions that are not available with HRD, but overall it is a great program. No problems since the day I installed it.

At this point I think I have a complete remote operation capability using only free software and an old laptop PC. Now on to transmitting. The only barrier to transmitting is getting the three-minute timeout timer in place. This provides the ability to power-off the rig if it gets stuck in Transmit mode, and is required by the FCC for remote station control.

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