Yes and no. We use a proprietary Web-based console allowing operators to rotate antennas, monitor power/SWR, and control the radio in REAL time.
Both RHR services can be accessed with either the Elecraft K3/0/10/100-Mini for an “authentic” radio experience – a real radio with a VFO knob, microphone and paddles for CW or our WebDX browser technology.
(Update): In 2015 you can also access with the new DXmate to operate webDX with headset and paddles.
Operate from a HOA restricted area.
Operate from an apartment building.
Experience “running” DX from multiple locations.
Extend your DXing/Contesting Toolbox.
Open and close the bands.
Operate low bands with real antennas with practically no QRN.
Experience operating from some of the largest contest stations in the U.S and Europe.
Operate from mountaintops with big stacks.
Listen and test your station using a remote transceiver.
Operate stacks, 80m and 160m 4 squares,
Avoid expenses of a tower installation and maintaining a station.
Bring your your shack with you when you travel.
Operate stations in more than one location.
Forget about hassles and headaches!
Keep the XYL happy!
RHR sites cost much more than the typical one-tower setup because we provide top-of-the line antennas and equipment, including monoband stacks and 80/160m verticals and phased arrays.
Access to our sites is a fraction of what is would cost to build a comparable station. For example, it would take many years to equal the initial cost of a $40,000 tower installation – not counting the ongoing maintenance and headaches of the tower, antennas, and equipment. Don’t forget, if you build your own station you are limited to just ONE station! Today we have 18 and counting! We handle everything for you. Our goal is to deliver the absolute best amateur radio experience in the world.
9. All stations must be contacted from the same DXCC entity. The location of any station shall be defined as the location of the transmitter. For the purpose of DXCC credit, all transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500-meter diameter circle, excluding antennas.
QSOs made with legally licensed, remotely controlled stations are allowed to be used for DXCC credit.
The RemoteDX service does not include support but can be scheduled at a rate of $75/hour.
During our tower and antenna business (Hudson Valley Towers), we often received inquires from hams that asked about what options they had living in a condo and other types of restricted situations. Many of them asked if it was possible to remotely access the W2RE contest station.
In the beginning, we conversed about the fact the station was dormant 45 weeks out of the year and was only being used during major contests. This seemed like a waste. When guest operators would visit and operate, the reaction was always the same: “Wow, I have never experienced anything like this.”
Through literally thousands of hours of testing, research and investment, we have finally delivered a service that met our high standards. We also wanted to expand this experience to multiple high-end stations to allow hams to really experience exactly what it is like be sit in that operator’s chair up in the mountains.
Before we even began building the first station, we hired two of the best attorneys that specialize in this field, one of whom was a former FCC lawyer. RHR is no different than renting a station in the Caribbean or some other exotic QTH. In fact, we save you the travel hassle and give you the ability to operate on your schedule!
Ray W2RE has years of experience building, maintaining and designing winning contest stations. Lee WW2DX has experience in design, development and engineering new leading-edge network and infrastructure technology. Their team of experience has brought remote stations to the next level.
The proprietary web console was designed and developed by the RHR team, WW1X and WW2DX to provide the best remote ham experience in the world. There is simply nothing like it. Countless hours of coding, testing, design and experimentation has produced one of the most elegant operating experiences in the world.
You can see the rates per station on the Stations page.
When operating from our IT9 or KH6 stations, operators are ETHICALLY and LEGALLY required to sign KH6/YOURCALL and IT9/YOURCALL.
When operating from within the U.S. we recommend the following examples. Its important to remember that the other station does NOT care where you are sitting, they only care where the TRANSMITTER is.
SSB on 6m: Operating from W7/Portland
JA1ABC this is WW2DX you are 59 OM into grid square CN85 Oregon 73!
CW on 6m:
JA1ABC de WW2DX TU OM UR 5NN CN85 OR OR 73
10m-160m SSB: Operating from W1/Calais
ON4UN this is WW2DX you are 59 into Maine TU 73
ON4UN de WW2DX UR 5NN ME ME 73 . .
We also recommend that user create additional “Stations” in TQSL to properly sign each QSO from the appropriate station. This will ensure that ALL QSO’s are valid using the correct GRID, COUNTY and STATE when uploaded to LOTW.
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As with our contractual terms, if a user is found not to be operating LEGALLY and/or ETHICALLY, their membership will be revoked with no refund.