This post is a continuation of the previous post dealing with remote operation.  To configure a truly remote operation one would need some way to turn equipment “ON” and “OFF” from afar.  West Mountain Radio has engineered a solution for this.  The RIGrunner 4005i seem to fit the bill.  It’s an IP-based power distribution panel that allows the user to remotely switch DC power to multiple accessories through the use of a built-in webserver.  It allows for monitoring and control of five outputs.  I found this item advertised in a recent copy of CQ magazine.  I’d heard this was possible but the West Mountain folks seem to have it packaged into a unit ready for mainstream use.  The price is a little salty, about as much as a current tablet computer or netbook.  The price will deter many folks but for those who are dedicated to remote ops, I think it’ll be a winner.  This is definitlely a product designed for a niche market.  However, one thing the West Mountain has been good at has been engineering various products that are well-made for a variety of specialty applications–whether it be digimode operation, rig control, or DC power distribution options.

I have a RIGblaster Pro that I used with an older ham radio and it’s worked very well for rig control and digimodes.  With my new Flex-5k I don’t need these external peripherals but there are many hams out there that still use radios that cannot simply be interfaced to computers and soundcards by simple plug-n-play USB cables and the like.  So, I hope this doesn’t come off like an add for WMR (since I’ve purchased all my own components over the years).  I hope this might be of interest and provide options to further enhance remote operations to those who are away from home or cannot have a station in their home.

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  1. Good stuff Jeff. There are several manufacturers that make IP power switches now. I use IP PDU (power distribution unit – its a long power strip essentially for server racks) from American Power Conversion (APC) and Liebert. These PDUs allow me to cold reset disk arrays and other equipment at work. As far as remotely turning on your PC you might want to use something called Wake On LAN. Most all PCs support it, but it’s usually not enabled in the system BIOS for home users. I have a free little program that will WOL your desktop PC, but it needs to be on a wired network for that I believe. Cool thread. I would like to experiment with remote ops more also.

    73! de Nick N9SJA

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