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.
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.