Winter HF propagation is knocking at the door here in Minnesota! Check the 160 and 80 meter bands before sunrise and after sunset – you will be surprised at how much better you hear stations when the noise from summer thunderstorms and the absorption from the ionosphere’s D layer both decrease as the daylight grows shorter and shorter.
W0EQO Update: Station W0EQO is now in Park Rapids. It is operating at 60 watts periodically due to a problem with RF in the shack. Digital mode operation is NOT allowed as this is likely to trigger the RF problem and cause a loss of internet control. SSB/CW should be okay. We are considering ways to address the RF problem. It is worst on 40 m, so no 40 meter operations are allowed at this time.
Both Twin Cities stations are subject to intermittent outages because of thunderstorm activity. Antennas will be disconnected to protect the equipment.
Thunderstorm season has returned to Minnesota. There will be sporadic outages at WA0TDA & W0ZSW as the antennas will be disconnected to prevent lightning damage to the stations. You can check out the lightning map at: https://www.blitzortung.org/en/live_lightning_maps.php?map=30
Once the danger of lightning is past, the stations will be returned to service.
Use the latest version 0.9x software or it will not work on Windows! Download the new client software to use the remotes here.
Dear HF Operator:
Welcome to the HF Remotes! This website has information on the following
W0EQO – Northern Minnesota in the tall pine forest near the headwaters of the Mississippi; Kenwood TS-480SAT radio equipped with speech readout feeding a 300 foot dipole antenna fed with 450 ohm ladder line and a current
balun. 160 through 6 meter operation. Grid square is EN27mc in Hubbard County, MN USA. Callsign admin is WA0TDA. Station hardware admins are N0CIC & WA0TDA.
W0ZSW – Metro Minnesota Twin Cities location at WA0TDA QTH; Icom IC-7300 radio feeding an off-center fed dipole antenna. 80 through 6 meter operation. Grid square is EN34mw in Washington County, MN USA. Callsign admin is KA0PQW. Station hardware admin is WA0TDA.
WA0TDA – Metro Minnesota Twin Cities location at WA0TDA QTH; Icom IC-7200 radio feeding an inverted vee maypole antenna system fed with underground coax. 160 through 6 meter operation. Grid square is EN34mw in Washington County, MN USA. Callsign & hardware admin is WA0TDA.
All of the above stations can run up to 100 watts and all are SSB and CW capable. All are subject to occasional maintenance outages or weather outages.
Please contact email@example.com to report a problem with any of them.
The quick start guide is for anyone who wants to install and use the RCFORB HF remote base client software from Remotehams.com with a minimum of time and effort. That would be most of us! A quick start guide shouldn’t be
wordy, so let’s just use some simple steps to get you up and running.
IMPORTANT: Register with Remotehams.com using YOUR CALLSIGN as the username, or this will not work!
Get the WA0TDA RCFORB Quick Start Guide in PDF:
Note: Always choose the newest version 0.9 version of the client software, NOT the version 0.8 as is recommended in the guide or video. The old 0.8 version will be deprecated due to the removal of Adobe Flash support in Windows.
I have made two YouTube videos on the use of the RCForb software. This one
is for the free Windows version:
This one is for the Android version, which you can buy from the Play Store for under $10:
If you are a blind user, be sure to check out the K8HSY guide:
The Handiham Radio Club also has a useful website:
Good luck and have fun with the radios!