Remote over WAN for fulltime RVer

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Still new to Flex but excited about getting V.2.0 to use with my 6300 in our RV. We are on the road traveling fulltime with no permanent home for an antenna site. With the new WAN feature, can I connect to someone's fixed station and use it from wherever we happen to be? How would I locate those stations?
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Joe - KK9TT

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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Yes'
BUT

You would need their permission and access logins to be able to use their station]
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Yeah, what he said ;-)
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Norm - W7CK

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You can use RemoteHams.com and have access to a number of stations located all over the world.  I've been using their free software for nearly 6 years now.  About two years ago they introduced an Android application at a very reasonable fee.  I've used the Android app from all over the world.   Both applications PC / Android not only gives me full control of my rig, it also lets me control my amplifier, antenna tuner and antenna switch.

A simple Internet camera focused on your computer screen at home also gives you a panadapter to look at.  While not elegant, you have to keep in mind that I've been able to use this software for over 5 years now and it works pretty much flawlessly.

I currently have an IC-7100 that is online and available for VHF/UHF use by anyone who uploads a copy of their ham license to the RemoteHams web site.  Occasionally I switch my amplifier and antenna over to the IC-7100 and make it available for HF use.  Others on the site have HF capabilities available 24/7.  

While there isn't any Panadapter, it still gives you the ability to get on the air, make contacts, check into nets or visit with your friends all from you laptop or an Android phone from virtually anywhere in the world.

I've tried using my Flex 6700 with RemoteHams but I wasn't very successful.  Maybe after v2 comes out I'll try remote again, but I doubt it.  The IC-7100 and many other rigs give you HF/VHF/UHF full control with an operational squelch.  They also give you the ability to turn on and off the equipment without any additional equipment needed.  Although I do have one ip switch that I use to turn power off to the equipment in the event of failure.  In 6 years, I've never had to use it.

I love my 6700 but I only use it when I'm home.

Norm
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I'd take the 6300 with me in the RV.  Get a push-up pole and load it up as a vertical with an auto tuner at the base.  I have a 33' fibreglass pole I use when travelling.  In the winter I add another 60' to the top of the vertical and turn it into an inverted-L for 160m  Works pretty well.   I do a lot of dry camping so its not usually an issue putting up the antenna.

Take it with you!
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roger na4rr

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Why use someone else station.  I ran my 6700 In my 24ft RV for the last 18 months.  Over 25,000 miles on the RV and about 12,000 contacts. A lot of DX.   I use one of three antennas.  A hex beam on a 30FT Will-Burt mast.  21 ft vertical with an antenna tuner  or the Little Tarheel.  The fun is working your own station from where ever you are. I never could get the Maestro to work reliable but it was nice to be able to sit by the lake and op the radio in the rv.  That is as remote as I want to be. 

Roger
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Burch - K4QXX

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I use a CrankIR antenna in our Motorhome.  It works great and is very easy to setup.  Have also used a buddipole in the past but got tired of having to tune it when I changed bands.
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Joe - KK9TT

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Lots of good advice here -- thanks for all the replies. Yes, I do run HF from the motorcoach, 20m and 40m Hamstick dipoles on a fiberglass mast up about 25 -30 ft. Works OK but sure wish I had a 75 ft tower, a new Genius cooking, rotatable mono-beams, etc.! I have a few pals with very stout stations and will be shopping for nice Christmas gifts this year so they'll let me connect via SSDR v2. 
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I rack mounted my 6500 and power supply in a 6u gator rack just for this purpose.  I'll post pictures on Facebook soon.