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Remote SDR listening.

The aim is to operate a remote receiving site via the Internet, where there are almost no "man-made interference" (e.g. PLC, power supplies, solar power system, DSL-lines, etc.).

This presentation of seven DX-ers using remote receiving sites were written in 2015 reflecting the situation then. But it has become both easier and more necessary over the years. Now, with software defined radios, it’s a joy. Give it a try!

Running remote is actually easier than you think. Certainly some of you have used VPN at the job to connect to the company servers.
It's just as easy to connect to your own remote computer. Instead of a VPN client from for example Cisco, you normally use another remote control software such as LogMeIn Pro.

Only a few of the software and other equipment listed below is needed for you to remotely use all functions of your SDR as well as remotely control the computer where your SDR is installed. When the software is in place and configured correctly, it is very easy to listen to your SDR over your network, LAN (Local Area Network) or wireless network (Wi-Fi), or from any computer with an internet connection with more or less high speed (broadband)!

Below, we let a few well-known DX-ers present their installations. They have been DX-ing remote for several years. Their installations represent three different types of systems, from the simple base installation to the advanced suitable for several DX-ers. The basic installation should certainly not deter anyone from setting up a remote site.

A good example of a simple and straightforward installation is Anders Hultqvist's on Dalarö. Using LogMeIn he easily shifts between the three available SDRs, each of which is connected to its own unique antenna pointing at the area of ​​interest.

A slightly more advanced installation is Bernt-Ivan Holmberg's at his parental home in Möklinta. He has supplemented the basic installation with remote control of the available antennas, three beverages and one T2FD, via a relay card. That way he will not bother with the relay board and additional programs to control the antenna selection.

The largest and most advanced installation is in Kongsfjord and is used by four Norwegian DX-ers. Such an installation must meet higher standards. Among other things, active splitters are used to eliminate attenuation as the antennas are shared by all four. Also higher demands on all devices so that no RF generated noise can enter the system.

In its basic form only two elements are needed, Internet connection and the remote software - LogMeIn Pro, which is by far the most common in these contexts.

Internet connection. You need a fairly decent internet connection, either via ADSL (preferably at least two Mb) or via a special mobile broadband for rural areas (up to 3.1 Mbit / s) running on the old NMT frequency of 450 MHz with Turbo 3G. If the base station is far away, the range can be increased by using an external, well-placed directional antenna at the remote site.

An example of a suitable provider is the one OJS proposes below, Net1 ( www.net1.se/ ). On their website there are coverage maps for Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and they claim to cover almost 95% of Sweden.

LogMeIn Pro. This program is used to remotely control the PC and SDR from any computer, regardless of operating system and browser. All you need is a reasonably high speed Internet connection, i.e. an ordinary broadband.
There are other programs like TeamViewer, etc, but LogMeIn Pro is easy, very reliable and as I said, completely independent of operating systems and browsers!
You can use the free version of LogMeIn, but then you are limited to only remote control of the application. Another program to transfer the sound will be necessary, such as Skype.

And now it's time to let a few other wellknown DX-ers present their remote SDR installations.

Anders Hultqvist running his Dalarö site from Älvsjö.

1. I use LogMeIn Pro. It does not cost many dollars per year, but is very good, easy to install and easy to use. There is also a version available for Iphone and iTunes. But these have no sound facilities yet. But all other functions are there. That means that you can for example make a quick check of Medium Wave even if you sit on the train, and trigger a recording if it looks exciting.

2. The better the speed of the connection, the better "live" feeling. I'm now using ADSL with 2 Mbit / s connection. And it will do just fine. In the beginning there were only 0.5 Mb available on Dalarö and it actually also did a good job. But equally important is to have good PC on both sides with solid performance, otherwise it is easy to get "stuttering" in the transmission. RAM, processor, good sound card and a monitor with a quick refresh rate is a must. Maybe a monster gaming computer is preferable if you are allowed to dream?

I often run with 1 x NetSDR and 2 x Perseus at the same time and this gives no problem. Each Rx has its own, unique aerial / antenna direction, so changing antennas is actually done by changing the rx. Nor is it any problem to record on all three receivers simultaneously in the highest sampling rate. The computer is a Packard Bell with 64-bit Win7, Pentium Dual Core E5300, 2.60 GHz and 8.0 GB of memory.

3. With LogMeIn Pro you control the remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it. The best way to understand how it works is to look at their website: https://secure.logmein.com/products/pro/

4. It is on the computer on Dalarö where everything happens.
I.e. listening, recording, playback. It is in practice impossible to transfer the huge amounts of data over a 2mb ADSL in real-time. But by using LogMeIn Pro, you can DX remotely from any location as long as you have an internet connection. That's the finesse!

5. I always transfer the recordings that look interesting to an external hard drive (which of course also are connected to the remote computer). This means that it is easy to transfer the recorded files to another computer if desired.

Something more to be added to make it as clear as day? I use neither VAC, control scripts or remote antenna switching. So it is very easy to start and run remotely. And this has worked well since 2008.

I have not bothered too much to look for other types of remote control of my antennas as I don't have the need. However, I am pretty sure that BIH know more about this.
(Regards, AHK, Anders Hultqvist)

Bernt-Ivan Holmberg running his Möklinta site from Sala.

I use the same program as AHK and OJS, i.e. LogMeIn PRO. I think it costs about 400-500 SEK annually and then you also get sound transfer.

The speed of my broadband between home and receiver QTH is Telia's ADSL 8 / 0.8. In reality, I have about 6 MBit down and from 0.6 to 0.7 up and everything is moving on pretty well. Sometimes you get long delays for the commands and the sound may “stutter” a bit. The solution is in such cases to log off and log on again to get a better line.
I always record to the computer's HD and when it becomes full, I travel the three miles to transfer the files to a portable HD, this is ideal when I also can get coffee at my parents.

I don't use the built-in sound card in the remote computer because I believe I can hear more from the weak disturbed recordings with my Edirol soundcard than with the built-in. Edirol makes the sound a bit sharper and clearer in combination with my headphones (AKG K240) and ears. It may differ for others but when you already have inferior sound quality in the DX recordings, you have to take care of every little improvement that is possible.

In the drivers for my sound card (Edirol UA25), there are only "speakers" and "analog connection". None of those audio streams can be used by the audio recorders I have tested so far (Adobe Audition, RecallPRO, Audacity, etc.). The option in the audio driver that is missing is a "Stereo Mix", "Mono Mix" or "What U Hear" slider / choice. Such exist in some sound card drivers but not in the Edirol drivers.

My simple solution was to take the sound card's "line out" and route the sound to my other computer's "line in" and record the audio there. I installed all equipment three years ago and at that time there was no I-Sound Recorder for Win7 (at least I did not find it then).

I-Sound Recorder seems to capture sound without having to use any drivers. I will test the I-Sound Recorder in near future. (I-Sound Recorder is the solution to such problems, see comment below from AHK)

Antenna changing was a hard nut to crack. I bought a Velleman relay card in a kit (8-channel relay card type K8056) that is controlled from the serial port on the QTH computer. I built it into a box and and also mounted BNC connectors. I had to solder in minicoax between the relays to get rid of the crosstalk. From the relay card there is only a 2-wire cable going to the computer's COM-port.

Velleman also has a small experiment- / testing software for their relay cards and that is the control software I use. If you are skilled in programming you can make it much nicer yourself, marking up antennas etc.

Nowadays Velleman uses USB connectors for the new card (K8090).

Another "must" with Perseus is in my opinion StationList, Jurgen Bartels' add-on "program. Works very smoothly, you can pre-set the demodulation of each step of the NA_CA_LA frequencies (10 kHz steps). The beauty is that you can jump back and forth in optional steps in the recording and go back and forth through files and remain on the same selected QRG, these are very good features.

In his latest update of the program you are now able to click the "waterfall" to go to the desired frequency and time.

(Best regards, BIH, Bernt-Ivan Holmberg)

Comment from AHK ang Edirol soundcard:
I'm using I-Sound Recorder for Windows 7 to make MP3 files, and it works just fine on the remote computer. Then I add these mp3 files in my Dropbox, and presto, I have access to them even on my other computers for further processing.

Odd-Jörgen Sagdahl running his Kongsfjord site from Trondheim.

The Kongsfjord site is also used by Bjarne Mjelde, Arnstein Bue and Tore Johnny Bråtveit.

We all have our very own installation in Kongsfjord, this means that everyone has their own computer, Perseus, disks, etc. The only things we share are the antennas and the access to Internet, just like on a regular expedition.
We use LogMeIn Pro for controlling the computers. This software is very easy to install, and allows you to control the quality of the transmitted sound.

If you are running on the lowest quality, a connection of 120 kbit / s can provide useful transfer. NOTE: This refers to "upload" speed of your Internet connection. "Download" speed is not as relevant as it is relatively little data transfer that way. We use Ice 450 MHz Internet connection (in Sweden http://www.net1.se/ ) with an external antenna. It usually works very well. The price is OK, and they only charge for the "download" exceeding the stipulated amount of data per month - that means that our service does not cost something no matter how much it is used.

According to Bjarne Mjeldes's website (se link below) another very useful software is used coming from the same company,  Ignition, which lets you access the remote site without using a web browser. Ignition can be installed on a USB memory stick so any PC you have access to can be used for access to the remote site. Ignition is available not only for Windows, but also available as an Android app. There is also an app available for iPad/iPhone, named LogMeIn for iOS.

All recordings are made on the computers in Kongsfjord. I listen to my recordings via the Internet connection and if I find something interesting, I transfer it to a WAV file on the computer in Kongsfjord and download it to my computer at home and finally edit the file there (noise reduction, filtering, etc. ., and storage in MP3 format). It works just fine to listen to recordings remotely when internet connection is higher than 150 kbit / s. When the speed is increased to 500-600 kbit / s, multiple listening simultaneously is possible without problems. Every now and then full disks are replaced with new blank disks. I travel up a couple times a year, otherwise Bjarne who lives nearby fixes this.

As said earlier we have our own installation, which is controlled by LogMeIn, so there is no reason to have a server to manage logins. The reason we all have our own installations, is that we believe that some of the DX is to schedule recordings, select antennas and process it afterwards. You can for example be particularly interested in daytimers from the east coast and thus running continuous recordings each night, just to run the "top-of-the-hour" later at night. Others give priority to the west coast stations and therefore do not record in the evenings or nights. Some choose to use much disk space, others little and we determine this ourselves with this type of installation.

All antennas are shared and distributed to everyone's installation. For the antennas to function properly with no loss, we use Wellbrook antenna splitter, type AS1030 with amplifiers. http://www.wellbrook.uk.com/pdf/AS1030e.pdf - for each antenna (see brief description below).

For the selection of antennas I have built a network-based antenna switch based on a webswitch from Microbit: http://www.webswitch.se/wp/ . I have connected 5 coax relays to this switch that provide good isolation between the antennas. The selection of antennas is via the web interface or is programmed via a script. For daily use, I have a script that switches antennas automatically at specific times of day.

To eliminate interference in the antenna cables we use for some of the antennas a Wellbrook antenna feeder isolator - http://www.wellbrook.uk.com/pdf/AFI5030A.pdf .But the effect is not really that big - for some of the antennas we hardly notice any difference. In other cases I have noticed very good effect of such a feeder isolator. (see brief description below).

Most SDR receiver uses switching power supplies and unfortunately they usually produce some noise. To eliminate such we use exclusively powerful analog power supplies (GSV 3000) that provide all equipment except for the laptops with power.
(Regards, Odd-Jörgen Sagdahl)

Bjerne Mjelde has published some more information on his website, see Jan 06, 2013 at http://arcticdx.blogspot.se/.

Odd-Jörgen Sagdahl has prepared a document which in detail describes the setup of the Kongsfjord site, hardware, software, control command to start and check status, etc. Those who are really interested and are determined to install such a site, can write a few lines to OJS who will mail  the document. Since the document constantly is reworked due to changes and improvements in the installation the document will not be published here according to OJS request.

I have been privileged to read this document and it easy to understand that there are several years of work and experience behind it. The idea of a remote solution was born because of a lot of traveling in work and it started with the connection of traditional analogue receivers for access through Internet long before SDR receivers were introduced on the market.

Mauricio Molano Sánchez running his Aldea del Cano site from Salamanca

PERSEUS: Remote Operation. Not so hard - Not so easy ......

When searching on the the web I found a link to the remote Perseus installation of Mauricio Molano Sanchez in Spain. The pdf-file describing his setup is in Spanish but it is quite easy to use the Google translator to get an idea of the different steps he uses. More information can be found at:  Aldea del Cano.html and  AldeaDelCano.pdf 

Mauricio uses a very interesting software for controlling his PC - RS Somnífero.

RS Somnífero is a task manager for the computer that will allow you to carry out an action under the selected condition. It has four different execution conditions. You will be able to carry out the action that you want at the Selected Hour, through a Countdown, by the CPU usage, or every an established time.
It has 13 different actions: Shutdown, Reboot, Log Off, Hibernate, Suspend, Lock WorkStation, Start the Screensaver, Make Screenshots, Turn off the Monitor, Hang up, Show messages, Execute programs or files and Close Opened Applications.
The whole configuration of the program is carried out from an only screen in a simple way for the user.
Now RS Somnífero has a setup option through internet.
You can also select the language and the style from the options window. For more information see: https://rs-somnifero.en.softonic.com/

For remote control of his Perseus Mauricio uses the wellknown software Teamviewer . He tried other communication software, but this one seemed like the best and it's free for private use. He installed the version "Teamviewer Host - For unattended servers": https://www.teamviewer.com/es-mx/

And how can you "hear" the audio from the remote radio?

Well, at first it was with SKYPE, but the reception was very irregular. At times good, sometimes bad, sometimes impossible. Reading on forums (mainly in the Yahoo group dedicated to PERSEUS) he found the solution: IP-Sound (from SM5VXC). It is a small program that establishes "streaming audio" between the two computers, and have multiple audio codecs with different characteristics, needed for bandwidth and therefore audio qualities. I use the codec "speex 16 kHz Mono" and it works really well ... if Teamviewer does not devour the entire bandwidth.

For controlling his ALA 1530+ Mauricio uses the Antenna Rotator System (ARS), which is the leader for computer control of any antenna rotor. The latest design is based on many years of experience and knowledge. ARS supports any kind of rotor (Azimuth or Azimuth & Elevation). The latest software is the ARS-USB and the software is created by EA4TX. For more information see https://www.ea4tx.com and for ARS-USB http://www.ea4tx.com/ars-usb/

Arne Nilsson running his Gransel site from Sjulsmark

Having read and heard about remote control of SDR receivers and computers, I decided to go for it as well.

I have about one hour’s drive to my cabin, where all my equipment is installed: Antennas, receivers and computers. The heating is switched on all year around and has been so since 1982, so there will be no problem from that point of view. After retirement I have spent a considerable amount of time there, but we all know that the great openings on the bands occur when we are not listening!

My cabin is situated in a very rural part of Norrbotten, about a one hour’s drive from the Arctic Circle, so the QTH should be OK for DXing: The QRN level is low and no high voltage power lines in the vicinity. But on the negative side one has to be mentioned, no high speed broadband access is available, the only solution is mobile internet. Telia Sonera provides only 2G, so they are out of the question, Net 1 is the only one remaining and that is the solution I have chosen.

For remote control of the computer I am using LogMeInPro. It works well, easy to learn and it is a well known, mature product.

Setting up the system was not difficult.

My biggest problem was Net 1: During the set-up time they had a network problem which manifested in loss of internet and the modem did not set up a new connection automatically. Since then, they have fixed the problem and it has since worked flawlessly.

My modem is indoors, i.e. I have no external antenna for the connection to the base station.

The speed for up/download is mostly around 1/0,5 Mb/s which is a bit too low. Listening remote to my AFEDRI and SDR-Radio program results in some stuttering while Perseus works OK. I will add an external antenna and hopefully that will cure the problem.

For scheduled recording on the Perseus I use Mestor and it has worked perfectly from day one. For SDR-Radio I use the built scheduler and it too has worked OK.

Today I have only two antennas, so each receiver is connected permanently to one antenna. Hopefully I will still have the time to install one more antenna, and then the task of switching antennas will become essential!

For that purpose I have procured a Velleman USB card (from AHK!) that should be able to control the antenna switching as well as switching filters for the AFEDRI receiver. Luckily, the filters and antenna switch have been constructed with USB control in mind, so that should not be an issue.

The AFEDRI is power fed from the computer via the USB connector, Perseus + antenna and filter switches have their own analogue supplies and that helps keep noise to a minimum. In fact, although I have an external HD using its original switching PWR supply, I see no effects on the receivers! And that surprises me some! But, OK, the closest antenna feed point is 30m away from the house, the cables run on the ground and that helps reduce noise pick up.

In setting up my remote control, I had a lot of help from OJS and AHK! I strongly recommend OJS’s description on how he has solved the different issues!

Per Eriksson running his Öland site from Malmö

My DX listening station in Södra Möckleby is located in the Southern part of the island of Öland in Southeastern Sweden.

As I live in Malmö, some 350 kilometres from Södra Möckleby, I have put a lot of effort into making the remote station reliable and easy to control from a distance.

I am using two SDR receivers, one Perseus and one  Elad FDM-S2 connected to a Dell Optiplex 790.

Reliability is important. The computer is always on, so I can log in and listen whenever I want. The small form factor Dell Windows 7 desktop PC has a 120 Gbyte SSD for operating system and other software.

I use the free Audacity package for making mp3 slips etc.

Radio signals can be stored on a 3 Tbyte WD Red hard disk. My recommendation is to pick a SATA-connected, speedy and reliable hard disk. Rather a server class 7200 rpm drive rather than a power saving “green” 5400 rpm disk.

There are USB-connected hard disks as well, but only for archiving. I always listen and edit from the internal SATA-drive to avoid stuttering problems that sometimes can occur with USB-drives.

I rely on 4G/LTE Mobile Broadband for communication. Using a Huawei E398 USB modem on the Telenor Network. The speed varies a lot, but it normally gives me 7-15 Mbit/s both up and down.

Between modem and computer there is a Dovado Tiny router that have some very valuable function. If the connection is lost, the mobile network on the Island are a little bit shaky sometimes, it automatically redials and establishes the connection again. Tiny can also be monitored and controlled by SMS.

From home I take full control over the SDR receiver by using the TeamViewer software. I also use the Teamviewer Android app so I can login when travelling etc.

I have evaluated other remote software packages as well. Logmein Pro is another good choice, but not free for non-commercial use as TeamViewer. There is a low budget solution that impresses me. Web client Google Chrome has a plugin, Chrome Remote Client, that works well, but without frills.

For the moment I can chose between three different antennas. Unfortunately, there is no room for traditional longwire antennas, so I use more compact designs in the garden.

The ALA 100 large aperture loop has a direction of 330 degrees. The FLG100LN flag antenna is adjusted to 300 degrees and the 1530S+ loop is fixed to 270 degrees. All three antennas are from Wellbrook with lightning surge protector connected.

Andy Ikin of Wellbrook has kindly also supplied the splitter that is needed for using several receivers.

It is possible to switch between the different antennas when listening. I use a Remoterig AS-1269 antenna switch. Not inexpensive, but has proven very reliable. With ten antenna inputs I have room to expand!

Autumn and winter there are problems with frequent power outages on Öland. The PC is set to reboot automatically when the power comes back. The SMS-function in Dovado Tiny alerts me on power problems.

Sometimes there is a need to manually reboot after PC system crashes, and that I do by using the Smartplug remote power switch from Vattenfall. To switch on or off the whole system I use a handy Android app.

For the future I am looking into a standby power supply. Not so much for the possibility to listen during power outages, but more to get filtered electricity and a controlled power down of the computer.

Christoph Ratzer running his remote mountain site from near the festival city of Salzburg, Austria

Christoph Ratzer has built his remote station in a 10 feet container located up high in the mountains outside Salzburg.

The location is good, only in summer there is too much static noise. There are only 3-4 farm houses around his remote station, all on a hill some 700 mt above normal.
The 10 feet container houses all equipment including heating during winter.

Instead of using PC's for control, a server based system for NetSDR and Excalibur Pro is built, which can be controlled via web browser or smart phone. Thus a stable system is achieved.

Read the full story at Christoph's own website: https://remotedx.wordpress.com 

Short description of the various elements used for remote access

LogMeIn Pro gives you fast, easy access to remote computers over the web. Transfer files, print remotely, or keep machines up to date and secure wherever, whenever.

The software must be installed in both the local and remotely located computer.
The software can also run on a smart phone (using an app - iphone-4, etc.) if this is connected to a reasonably fast internet, such as a WiFi network.

LogMeIn Ignition - Direct, one-click access lets you quickly control all your LogMeIn computers without a browser. Install it on your PC or put it on a USB drive, and access your computers wherever you go.

Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) allows you to "redirect" sound between programs running on your Windows PC. LogMeIn Pro normally only transfers the remote computer's sound through the remote computer's sound card and it is not a completely optimal solution. By using a software called VAC, the remote computer's digital audio stream from your SDR can be transferred using LogMeIn Pro and directed to your local computer taking advantage of a superior sound card there. See https://vac.muzychenko.net/en/ 

Virtual COM port - null-modem emulator. You need a virtual COM port (null-modem emulator) if any of the following software is used for scheduling recordings: TOTH Recorder, YaPs or StationList for communication with e.g. a Perseus. com0com software is often used and can be downloaded from www.sourceforge.net . Another option is to use VSPE (Virtual Serial Port Emulator) See http://www.eterlogic.com/Products.VSPE.html

If you plan to use the Finnish Mestor software, note that it runs without using a virtual COM-port.

Control script.
It is also necessary to establish some simple script to check the status of your remote controlled SDR and computer. Typical script is starting the necessary drivers and programs if the PC reboots to make sure everything is started in the right order, and scripts that daily reboot of critical software.

Remote control of the available antennas using USB- or network-controlled relay card module. If you plan to use more than one antenna it is necessary to use some form of software to control the selection of antennas via a relay card. There are only a few relay cards with a USB connection on the market, among others from Velleman. It is important to verify that you do not get cross talk between the antennas when the relays are mounted so tight as in the Velleman cards. Additional shielding may be needed. (See comment below from BIH who has addressed just that).

Use analog power supply. Avoid switching power supplies. Opt instead for one or more analog power supplies that can provide all your equipment with clean power. Switching power supplies radiate lot’s of RF noise to the other users especially when every antenna goes to a splitter where all users are connected. Such RF noise has been noted on several expeditions and by changing to analog power supplies, the noise is gone.

Wellbrook AS 1030 Splitter is a passive transformer splitter with a frequency range from 100 kHz to 30 MHz and is fed by a 12 dB gain broadband amplifier. This amplifier and splitter combination provides an overall gain of 6 dB from 100 kHz to 10 MHz. Above 10 MHz the gain decreases with frequency. The splitter has a single antenna input and four outputs to allow up to four receivers to be connected with up to 25 dB isolation between the receivers. The unit is built Into an ABS box fitted with BNC connectors. Unfortunately can the AS 1030 splitter no longer be found in in Wellbrook's product line.

AFI 5030 receiver antenna feeder isolator reduces noise by isolating the antenna feeder from the receiver / mains earth. The AFI 5030 solves the problem of noise being coupled to the antenna / feeder due to mains borne interference. The AFI 5030 is most effective when used with long wire antennas and "Long Wire Baluns".

NB! Andy Ikin at Wellbrook says that the AFI5030 is still in production, I have dropped the AS1030 from the web site, but I will still make them to order when I am not too busy.

The VM8090 8-Channel USB Relay Card Module is a pre-assembled board that allows you to control eight relay channels by your computer USB port. Connect up to 16 Amps to each of the high power relays.
Comes complete with VDR noise suppressors, on-board push buttons can be used to test/operate all the relays. Header for external push button connection.
A DLL for own software development can be downloaded below. Test software completes the package.
Also available in self-assembly Electronic Kit format (Order Code K8090).

Web switch 1216H is a remote controlled switch with 5 relay outputs (230V/16A) which can be controlled independently via the built in home page from any network connected device having a web browser (PC, Smart phone, etc).
The Web switch is fully standalone and is connected directly to the local network. Supports both 10 and 100 Mbits Ethernet networks.
Setup via USB using a Windows PC and the Microbit Setup Manager software makes the initial setup of the network settings easy.

There are also more recent models like the Web switch 1269 and Web Switch AS1289.  See all details at http://www.webswitch.se/

Guido Schotmans writes that he is using the Devantech USB-RLY08 USB module that can be ordered here https://www.antratek.com/8-relaismodule-usb
It's cheap and works very good. You only have to build it into a box. All together costs still less than a Daiwa 4 way switch.

A fellow DXer modified the software so that it can be used over the internet. Manual and the exe-file made by Dirk Claessens can be downloaded here: http://users.telenet.be/NAVTEX/RLY08/.

Also the Jaguar Special MW monitoring software supports the RLY08.

There is also a network version from Devantech.

Don Moman, VE6JY, uses the ip based Denkovi 12 channel relay board from  www.denkovi.com ethernet relays.

Don Moman says that he has also used USB relay boards ( various types) and all the ones he has tried have issues staying connected for long periods of time and the only cure that he has found is to physically unplug and then plug the USB cable back in.

Not good when you are remote....

The IP based board stays connected faithfully for months and even years.

GSV-3000 Diamond 25A Supply


GSV-3000 Diamond 25A Supply Price ~ £ 200 -230

* Output voltage 1 - 15V DC 13.8V & Fixed
* Output current 25A continuous (CE protocol)
* Built-in cooling fan
* Supply 230V AC 50Hz
* Size 250 x 150 x 240mm
* Weight 9.5kg

The GSV-3000 can be bought at: www.hamradio.co.uk 

i-Sound Recorder for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
i-Sound 7.0 is a next generation sound recorder for Windows. Newest version unleashes the power of Windows 7 and Windows Vista and ready to record streaming audio out-of-box.

i-Sound 7.0 includes all the features of its predecessor, but main feature is an ability to record audio from output device directly without using "Stereo Mix" input.
Yes, it's true! "Stereo Mix" is no longer required. You do not need to spend time searching right audio driver. You do not need enable "hidden" or "disabled" audio devices via Control Panel.

If you want use this software without limitations a registration fee of $29.95 is required.
www.abyssmedia.com isound7/

I want to thank Odd-Jörgen Sagdahl for taking the time to proof read the draft for this article and for sharing his knowledge and willingness to send his very detailed document to those really interested. I also want to thank Anders Hultqvist, Bernt-Ivan Holmberg and all others mentioned for sharing their knowledge from several years of remote listening with us.
Thank's a lot!