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Video walk through of my Remote HF station

Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
edited August 28 in Remote Operation (SmartLink)


Operating HF Remote is an awesome experience.  Some of the things we have to consider are 

  • What happens when the modem needs resetting
  • How do you handle power failures
  • How do you turn the beam
  • Turn on the 240VAC to the amp
  • Steppir? Band changes
  • Every button that you can normally reach up and push
  • All the other single points of failure as there are a few.  
In this video, this is how I attacked it.  

73, Mike va3mw


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  • Tim VE6SHTim VE6SH Member ✭✭
    edited May 27
    Tnx! 

    Tim VE6SH
  • Adde TjernbergAdde Tjernberg Member ✭✭
    edited June 11
    Great presentation. Got hooked on the Node-RED stuff!
  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited May 28
    My hope is that we all share our NodeRed flows so it helps people get started.

    This is where most of the chat is happening https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/remote-operating-and-node-red

    Mike
  • David Decoons, wo2xDavid Decoons, wo2x Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 28
    +1 on Node Red. Mike and Andreas, N6NU got me hooked when I was in the hospital, bored. I wrote flows for controlling and monitoring a KPA1500 amp, DLI Web Switch Pro, and Idiom Press serial interface for my rotor. Good stuff indeed. The DLI Web Switch Pro can be set up to ping multiple sites. If it fails ping to all sites three times then it reboots user defined outlets. (Cable modem, router, local maintenance PC). Nice thing is the switch also supports several programming languages to remotely control it. Dave wo2x
  • AA0ZAA0Z Member ✭✭
    edited May 27
    I created time stamps on the YouTube page for major topics with http links to everything I could find.

    Looks like YT is slow on getting the rendered video and my comment on the site, but I'm sure it will be there soon!

    https://youtu.be/_QxapW0bMLc




  • Craig MitchellCraig Mitchell Member
    edited June 26
    Thank you Mike. I have been trying to build and design something like this for a couple of years.  I have not used Raspberry Pi before. I am familiar with Arduino.  How many I/O ports are you using there for your dashboard? I assume that you must be using a port expander such as the MCP23008?

  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited May 29
    Hi Craig

    On the PI, none.  All my switches are controlled by HTML links.    This is the switch I use https://www.kmtronic.com/lan-ethernet-ip-8-channels-web-relay-board.html

    You can see the examples here https://info.kmtronic.com/control-kmtronic-lan-relays-using-browser-bookmarks.html

    Mike

  • Craig MitchellCraig Mitchell Member
    edited May 29
    Thanks Mike, I see that the KMtronic is fine for remote switching, but if you want to process and send back the remote status of your devices or temperature I assume that you would have a number of input ports on the Pi for Node Red to process these sensors and via HTTP posting them to a remote or even local web server? Or am I over complicating matters? 
    As I have a number of remote sites that I want to monitor I was planning on having all the sites monitor their environment and post to a central web server.

  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited May 29
    Hi Craig

    The KMTRONICS has status XML that it echos back that I capture and that is what sets the LED colour.  So, I have some full circle communication.   As for Temp, that is done on an I2C buss.  The web server runs on the same RPI and is part of the NodeRed installation.

    If you want to monitor a bunch of sites, I would look into MQTT to manage the distribution of the information.  In the Steppir and Rotator flows that N6NU wrote, he uses MQTT to send messages to other operating stations.
  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited May 30
    Hi Mike.

    Great video and many good points from your video.  I am adding a remote PTT based on what I learned from your video.

    I sent you a separate e-mail but repeating here in case you want to respond to the community.

    I am adding a Stepp IR Big Vertical to my station and am asking if you can / may share your Stepp IR Flow.

    I thought you did previously, somewhere, but I cannot find it.

    Thanks.

    Alan
    WA9WUD
  • Craig MitchellCraig Mitchell Member
    edited May 29
    Thanks very much Mike. It's starting to fall into place now. I'll look into MQTT.

  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited May 30
    Thanks Alan.  Today was a hectic and long day and I am a bit behind on emails.  I will get to them.  73
  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited May 30
    Thanks, Mike.   No problem.   I caught the end of your afternoon video and heard you also had a morning of working on your water supply in the lake.

    Alan
  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited June 1
    Here is the Steppir Flow.  I had to get it from Dave WO2X.  It is in 2 parts and you'll have to work through the flow a bit to get it to work.  You can thank Andreas N6NU for all the work he did on it.  Drop him an email and say thanks.  

    This is the core code 

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  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited June 1
    This is the 'GUI' part of the code.  MQTT is required, but you can rework it without if you wish.

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  • Craig MitchellCraig Mitchell Member
    edited June 1
    Thank you very much Mike, but as I'm new to flexradio I have no idea how to send an email to Andreas (Angold) N6NU, or to you. I can't find a private message option on the portal.

  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited June 1
    You can find his email address on his QRZ page.  :)

  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited June 15
    Mike

    Not sure if you sent the "completed" SteppIR code.  See my screenshot with questions noted.  If it is not finished, that OK.  I was just trying to make it work without success.  I have other options if yours is "work in progress".

    Alan

    image
  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited June 15
    Hi

    My flow is heavily modified and is not the flow I am currently using.  Dave WO2X sent me the one we received from Andreas, N6NU.

    However, let me see what I can piece together.

    TCP 4002 is from a PSTRotator output.  You can ignore that injection point.


    Steppir IN is from the RS232 Port that is connected to the Steppir.  If you open it up, you'll see more about it.  The Steppir controller is 4800 8N1 for a baud rate.

    Steppir1Status is from the MQTT server and that is where we get the frequency.  That flow, attached is a work in progress.  What it does is connect to the radio on port 4992, send a command and then look for a variety of things.  

    From Flex Queries also comes from the MQTT server that the flow (attached) sends to.   I am not sure I sent that in the beginning.

    Sorry, I know this is clear as mud.  You may have to dig into it a bit.

    Mike




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  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited June 15
    Thanks Mike.

    I understood the inputs and outputs, just could not get the SteppIR commands to work.

    I am using the Flex API flow, above, in several of my flows.  I have learned a lot about the Flex API by understanding how the flow works.

    Thanks for working up a flow to share.  I would like to add a "retract" button to my dashboard and was looking at how to use Node-Red, alone, to get this done.  If you can share your working flow, that would be great.

    Alan
    WA9WUD
  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited June 17
    Hi again Mike

    I am spending some more time with Stepp IR / Node-Red/PST Rotor.   I now have the flow working with the SDA-100 SteppIR controller.   I see the buttons change color when the Stepp IR moves and  Node-Red show the SteppIR frequency.  Some questions if you have time:

    Looks like there are no actual control functions originating from the Node-Red Flow.  Rather, you are using PSTRotor's TCP server to set up PSTRotor as the controller in a server (Node-Red) client (PSTRotor) relationship.    Nice.


    Question- Is this correct? 

    The Node-Red buttons do not control anything.  It looks like there may be plans to finish this capability.


    You say this is not your working flow.  Could you share your flow?

    How do you like PST Rotor for SteppIR remote access?  I know you like the server/client aspect of PST Rotor. 

     Question- Do you have a transceiver board in your SDA-100?  If so, do you use it to input frequency into the Stepp IR controller from the Flex, or do you rely on PST Rotor to do the frequency work?  I could not see how to configure PST Rotor for using "Autotrack"....what has been your experience?


    I have been using "Autotrack" along with FRStack's SteppIR controller.  Mark has an option to use Autotrack or not.  I like the PST Rotor interface more...so I am conflicted.


    What I really want to do is add a Node-Red button to "home" the elements and was hoping to see some examples of how commands are sent to the SDA-100 from Node-Red


    Alan
    WA9WUD
  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited June 21
    Mike

    I am making progress with the Node-Red SteppIR flow.

    I have added the command buttons to the GUI flow for "Home", "Calibrate" and "Re-Enable".

    I added code to the flow to add the necessary HEX commands to position 8 on the 9 byte ASCII message for each of the new set command buttons.

    My flow now receives all of the status information from the Stepp IR.

    However, my SteppIR SDA100 controller will not respond to commands from Node-Red.

    The serial cable from Node-Red, in and out, both look good.

    Questions:

    How do you have the SDA100 configured with regards to serial in/out connectors and configuration?

    - are you using the "data-in" DB9 from the Flex USB cables for frequency input?
    - are you using the lower DB9, data-out, for your Node-Red Serial in and out?
    - how do you have the transceiver configuration set up on the SDA100

           >Di Baud Rate
           >Dout Baud Rate
           >Transceiver Type

    Alan

  • David Decoons, wo2xDavid Decoons, wo2x Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 21
    Hi Alan,

    I just loaded your SteppIR flow and going to look at the code to see if anything stands out at me. I do not have a SteppIR so will need you to test any changes. We can do it via TeamViewer whenever you have time.

    73
    Dave wo2x

  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited June 25
    Thanks go out to Mike, Dave and the SteppIRs developer, Andreas for helping me set up a working flow.

    I now have the SteppIR flow incorporated into my Flex 6600 Dashboard.  I had to modify the flow from a multi-element yagi to a single element vertical antenna. (mainly removing the code for "180" and adding code for "3/4" and eliminating unused  element motors).

    I have a separate tuning board in the SDA100 controller that operates the "Tuning" LED and provides a direct TX inhibit to the Flex if the SteppIR is moving.

    I also have and use the SteppIR Transceiver board.  That provides frequency information to the SteppIR SDA100 controller independent of the Node-Red Flow.  If I have "Track" selected, the Antenna will track the Flex Frequency.

    In my Flex 6600 Flow, I have a "Master" button.  When I push this button, everything shuts down including grounding the HF antenna.  I added logic from the "Master" button to "Home" the SteppIR element.  When I restart the Flex, if the Stepp IR mode is in "Track", the SteppIR will automatically go to the frequency sent directly from the Flex Radio.

    Here is a screenshot of the dashboard.

    Alan
    WA9WUD
    image
  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited June 25
    Awesome... You read my mind on the Master button.  I need to code one for Lightning that does that over a 2 minute period.  Shut down the radios, then the power supplies, etc.  Nice work!
  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited June 25
    Mike..... ...About that lightning.....  You have discussed that in your videos and I was wondering.....is there an API Key, like one can get from Weather Underground, to do HTTP requests for, in this case, lightning, in my (your) area?

    I already shut down the station automatically on low voltage (if I lose power and my UPS battery power is discharged).  It would be useful to add "lightning" to the ways to shut down the station.

    I have seen simple flows that use Weather Underground, for trigging Node-Red, but I have not yet looked to see if the same can be done with a Lighting API Key.

    Shutting down the station has been a neat project.  Of course, you don't just "pull the plug".  Some devices are shutdown but need power, such as the Flex.  Also, I must maintain a UPS source for the LAN infrastructure, so I can remotely get it going again.  More on that if you are interested.

    Alan
  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited June 25
    Hi Alan

    Good question.  I don't know enough about API's.  Would this help?

    https://www.lightningmaps.org/doc/intro?lang=en

    Mike
  • AlanAlan Member ✭✭
    edited June 26
    Mike

    I found a way to get a Lightning trigger.  Full description is in the Remote Operating discussion.

    Alan
  • Keith WA0BEUKeith WA0BEU Member ✭✭
    Thanks Mike this was great info and super video!!!
  • Thanks for the video Mike. I have a remote station down in VK. I use the Remote Rig web switches to control stuff - very stable over the last 5 years. I also use Lantronix 240V switching unit to control LAN switches, 24V power supply, 12V power supply with a battery backup via a West Mountain Radio PSG40. I use the Microtik 4G routers/firewall which are also nice and reliable but hard to setup.


    Just got a Flex 6600 to replace the K3 and K3/0 setup.


    Questions

    How to you cope if the SteppIR SDA100 box power cycles (as it doesn't turn back on)?

    Do you concert your RS232 to a LAN Port using the Lantronics and/or Moxa products? This may I can control the rotators and the Alpha 9500 etc with out having to remote in (using Splashtop Personal)


    Thanks again for the video which had given me some more ideas

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