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RHR Remote Ham Radio

Ron K2RAS
Ron K2RAS Member ✭✭

I presently have a 6500 and SteppIR antenna but may be moving to an HOA restricted location. Would those with recent experience please provide their opinion of the RHR system? Have the lag issues been resolved for contesting and/or digital modes? Are your preferred sites always available, or are the sites congested? Finally, if you had to do it over again, would you choose this or another service?

Thanks, Ron K2RAS

Comments

  • John K3MA
    John K3MA Member ✭✭
    edited March 26

    I would suggest you download the RCForb client software from www.remotehams.com

    This is not the same as RHR.

    Install it and look around. There are many remote stations that allow you to listen and several that will also allow you to transmit. There are even a couple club type station that require membership.

    In general the stations are not multi-yagi with multi-towers but there are many decent stations and you might find it meets your needs. You can't beat the cost and the interface is easy to use and require relatively little internet bandwidth. You have nothing to loose.

    I know this does not answer your original question but it might be new information for you so I thought it worth posting.

    John K3MA

  • Mark Aaker K6UFO
    Mark Aaker K6UFO Member ✭✭

    Hi Ron, My disclaimer, I have used RHR since early year 2014, and had my own remote site on it since late 2014. I liked it that much!

    Since you currently use a Flex, you already are well prepared to use the RHR system, which is based on Flex radios. I use RHR nearly every day from my HOA restricted condo.

    I'm not sure how much "lag" matters to you. I don't see any more lag than when I operate to remote Flex radios not on the RHR system. In digital modes like FT8, "lag" really doesn't matter. For contesting, I have operated many contests CW and RTTY. I would say there is perceptible lag, but not enough to stop the contest operating.

    The "preferred" sites are really only congested during a major contest, or when a rare DXpedition is on the air. And there are almost always other bands available (many stations are divided into multiple band-sites) and other sites available if you can't wait until the contest is over, or until a DXer is done snagging the station.

    If I had it to do over again, I would have joined sooner. I don't know of any other service with such a range of good stations and reliability/availability. And when I get tired of maintaining my own station, I expect I will go 100% RHR and enjoy the freedom from maintenance worries.

    Mark K6UFO

  • John K3MA
    John K3MA Member ✭✭

    FYI there is a competitor to RHR.

    John K3MA

  • Ron K2RAS
    Ron K2RAS Member ✭✭

    Thanks for the comments. Any follow-up information is also appreciated.

    Ron K2RAS

  • K6JV
    K6JV Member ✭✭

    I have been a member of RHR since 2015 when they started using Elecraft K30s. (whole network has converted to Flex now).

    The stations are impressive and customer support is excellent.

    With a Maestro it is as you are sitting in front of the radio, though not much of a challenge working DX when operating from Maine on the Atlantic Ocean with a kilowatt and 4 over 4 over 4 😀

    I only occasionally use the stations now as I have my Flex6400 installed remotely at a local repeater site and OCF antenna at 150 feet.

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