Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Remote control JT65 QSOs with my iPad and iPhone and the LogmeIn client
enjoyable QSOs on 14MHz.
I'd wondered from time to time about making remote control QSOs. I use the Logmein client to control my PC if I'm out and about and just recently, I'd noticed that their iPad/iPhone client was free for the basic service. Since for datamodes, I didn't need anything more than screen control - no need to 'pipe' audio, this should work just fine.
So last night, I sat on the sofa downstairs, with my iPad and tried to control the PC running JT65-HF. It seemed to work just fine. It felt odd calling someone without being in front of the radio and being able to tweak the power/alc settings and of course to be able to hear signals! However, I made the leap of faith and R2DX was my first ever remote control QSO. I followed on with AB1J and a German station.
I also have the Logmein client on my iPhone, so this lunchtime, I tried the same type of experiments across the Internet from the office. Although broadly successful, there was too much latency, and though I could see signals being decoded and press the appropriate buttons - the timing didn't always work out correctly. Apologies to Harald DL8ZBA who must have wondered what was happening when I calleed him!
Nevertheless, this looks quite promising, particularly around the house and perhaps further afield when there is a good network connection.
Posted by Tim at 7:00 PM