Well, ask 10 hams about remote controlling a radio-station you may get 25 different opinions ;-)
After some thinking about a reliable, homebuilt set-up, the following criteria came up:
- There should be one Windows PC taking control of everything in the shack, and it may not run continuously, but started via Wake-On-LAN (WOL) on demand
- The 230V/12V power-supplies and any other switch On/Off units as well as Antenna switching / rotating should be controlled by the PC
- Every unit should be interfaced via a RS232-Bus except the rotor interface by parallel bus (This is simply the easiest way for me to do the necessary programming in
- KISS (Keep It Super Simple) for the hardware construction
To be continued ...