Category: K3/0/10/100-Mini

Connect a K3/0/10/100 WITHOUT a Remoterig


As of July 2017, the requirement to connect to RHR with a RF based K3 no longer requires the RemoteRig (RRC) interface. This KB article will walk you through connecting a K3/0/10/100  to RHR without the need for a RRC. The end result is allowing your K3 to control the RHR site K3 (VFO control, band change, mode change, etc) while using the extremely efficient and low latency WebDX technology for audio.

 

Prerequisites:

  • Elecraft K3/0/10/100 (Baud rate set to 38400)
  • Mac or PC
  • RHR Desktop App
  • FTDI based USB to Serial Adapter (DB9)
  • Google Chrome Web Browser
  • Optional: DXmate (Only needed for local hardware CW key/Paddle/PTT)

Overview:

Operate RHR with your K3/0/10/100 for a local “mirror” of the site K3. You can control every aspect of the site K3 but with the following limitations:

  1. No MENU access
  2. No CW DVR memory recording (Use WebDX Macros)

Operation with SSB/CW/Digital would be performed using browser based WebDX. This setup makes for a very simple and clean operating experience.

Getting Started:

  1. Log into RHR console.
  2. Open the RHR Desktop App
  3. Plug in the FTDI USB to Serial Adapter
    1. You may be prompted from the RHR App that a new device was found.
      1. If you are successful in receiving the pop up, simply select “K3”
      2. If no pop up is detected, click the GREEN + sign at the top right of the app and select K3/0/10/100/Mini
      3. Click on the device in the RHR App to expand the device.
      4. Select the COM port that was assigned to the USB device. Please note: You may need to open your operating systems “device manager” to see what com port was assigned to the K3.
  4. You’re done adding the K3!
  5. From inside the RHR console, simple select a station as normal and POWER ON the K3 itself, you DO NOT power on from the console..After a few seconds you will connect and your K3 will be connected to the remote site.
  6. To disconnect, simply POWER OFF the K3.
  7. If you want to add Straight Key/Paddle support you will need a DXmate.
  8. Good DXing!

 

Troubleshooting

There are a number of circumstances when things may not work properly. One of the most common is when the K3’s USB cable is unplugged from either the K3 itself or from the PC end WHILE the RHR App is running. This will cause a number of issues. If your K3+RHR App connection becomes unusable or you may be seeing the WAIT_ _ _ message try these steps.

 

  1. Open the RHR app.
  2. Expand the K3 device
  3. At the bottom there is a RED REMOVE, click “REMOVE”.
  4. Close the RHR Desktop App.
  5. Unplug the USB cable from the PC.
  6. Open the RHR Desktop App.
  7. Plug the USB cable back into the PC, you should be prompted that the app has found a dxmate or K3, choose K3.
  8. Select a site in the console and power on the K3.This should resolve 99% of the issues.

I Want to use a K3/0/10/100 with Remoterig, What do I need? (Not for K3/0-Mini)

Here is the list you need to get on the RHR network from Elecraft.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning on using a K3/0-Mini then simply watch this video:

 

List for K3/10/100 ( A K3 with a RF Deck):

1 x RRIGCON  RemoteRig 1258MKII Control Unit Only*
RRIGCON is provided without a power supply by the manufacturer.
If an external power supply is required, please add PWR12V1A-US (External Power Supply) to your order.    $289.95

And the cable kit to go between the K3 and the RemoteRig.

1 x RRK3CBL             Cable set for Control K3 to Control RemoteRig 1258MKII.    49.95

Mention RemoteHamRadio when you do the order.

K3/0-Mini with no RRC! ( RHR Desktop App )

Operators can now connect to RHR sites using just a K3/0-MIni with NO RRC REQUIRED.

*** THIS IS BETA – EXPECT AND REPORT BUGS ***

1. Please download our new “RemoteHamRadio Desktop App”. This app will run on a PC and a Mac. Click the following link and the app will automatically download. This new app replaces the RHR-Helper-App Google Chrome Extention.

 

 

2. If you currenrtly have a RRC, disconnect the “Squid” cable that goes to the RRC from the back of the K3/0-Mini. With no USB or “Squid” cable connected, power on the K3/0-Mini and confirm the baud rate is set to 38400 then power the radio off.

 

3. Install and run the app. When you first run the app you will be prompted to login, use the same u/p for logging into the RHR console. Once the app is running PLUG in a USB cable from the K3/0-Mini to your PC/Mac.  You should get a pop up asking you to add a new device. Select K3/0-Mini and hit ok.
4. Optional – Check and make sure both the K3/0-Mini and the App settings are set to baud rate 38400.
OK congrats, the K30-mini is now setup.

 

5. Log into the RHR console.

 

 

6. Click the “Settings” pull down menu at the bottom of the station lest to open the “Setup Mic and Speakers” tool. Here you can select both “USB audio CODEC” for both Mic and Speakers. This will pipe all audio to the K3. Alternately, you can select any audio devices you like and just use the K3/0-mini for station control.

 

7. Select a station from the list on the left side of the screen. Also make sure the BLUE power on button is set to “Power On” and not any other option.
8. You DO NOT need to click the BLUE POWER ON button in the console. Simply select the station you want to operate and POWER ON THE K3/0-MINI using the POWER button on the K3/0-Mini.

 

9. Go work some DX!

 

10. Simply power off the K3/0-mini from either the K3 itself or from the console.
You can also plug your paddle, key or PTT into the back of the K3/0-mini. There are CW controls built into the RHR App.

 

11. If you experience no PTT with the Mic or PTT jack on the back of the K3/0-Mini, you must install the latest FTDI drivers, you can do this directly in the RHR App. Click the three vertical dots at the top right of the App screen and select “Install FTDI Drivers”.
You will need to reboot the PC/Mac.

Troubleshooting

There are a number of circumstances when things may not work properly. One of the most common is when the K3/0-Mini’s USB cable is unplugged from either the K3 itself or from the PC end WHILE the RHR App is running. This will cause a number of issues. If your Mini+RHR App connection becomes unusable or you may be seeing the WAIT_ _ _ message try these steps.

 

  1. Open the RHR app.
  2. Expand the K3 device
  3. At the bottom there is a RED REMOVE, click “REMOVE”.
  4. Close the RHR Desktop App.
  5. Unplug the USB cable from the side of the K3/0-Mini.
  6. Open the RHR Desktop App.
  7.  Plug the USB cable back into the mini, you should be prompted that the app has found a dxmate or K3, choose K3.
  8. Select a site in the console and power on the K3.

    This should resolve 99% of the issues.

Please report and problems, successes and general feedback to support@remotehamradio.com Thanks!