Remote Control Your Ham Radio Station Through WiFi Hotspot

This post is about how to ham radio remote control your amateur ham radio station without a Router or Local Area Network through a dedicated WiFi Hotspot.

Ham radio remote control your amateur ham radio station from Desktop PC, Laptop, Android phone through a web browser around the QTH via a RPi Hotspot in the Ham shack without a Router or a Local Area Network.

*If your going to use the SimpleHRR ham radio remote web app install it first, after the install login to the Raspberry Pi and install "RPi Hotspot".

*Raspberry Pi (RPi)

Raspberry Pi (RPi) a versatile single-board computers made by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

A versatile single-board computers made by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Remote control Amateur (Ham) radio transceiver using a Raspberry Pi (RPi)

Were not going to do anything special this has already bin done very well here were just going to follow the instructions there to install a Hotspot on the Raspberry Pi.

Prerequisites

SSH into the Raspberry Pi.

1. Update OS
sudo apt-get update --allow-releaseinfo-change

2. Add country to wpa_supplicant.conf
sudo raspi-config nonint do_wifi_country [your country code]

Example -> sudo raspi-config nonint do_wifi_country US

3. Make a new folder
mkdir wifi-hotspot

4. Change directory
cd wifi-hotspot

5. Download the files
curl "https://www.raspberryconnect.com/images/hsinstaller/Autohotspot-Setup.tar.xz" -o AutoHotspot-Setup.tar.xz

6. Extract the files
tar -xvJf AutoHotspot-Setup.tar.xz

7. Reboot the Raspberry Pi
sudo reboot

8. SSH into the Raspberry Pi.

9. Change directory
cd wifi-hotspot

10. Change directory
cd Autohotspot


11. Start the RPi Hotspot
sudo ./autohotspot-setup.sh

We have launched the AutoHotspot script

From the Menu Select

Select the best option for your needs. I selected 1

  • 1 = Install Autohotspot with Internet for Connected Devices

  • This option allows Internet access if available, if not you will
    still have local WiFi access to Raspberry Pi.

    Be sure to write down the following:
    SSID: ? (default -> RPiHotspot)
    Password: ? (default -> 1234567890)
    Hotspot IP Addr: ? (default -> 192.168.50.5 for Option 1)

  • 8 = Exit
  • sudo reboot

Give the Raspberry Pi a minute to boot

Grab your PC Laptop Android phone Setup Wifi

Seach For and Select
RPiHotspot - Password - 1234567890

Once connected

If you have installed the SimpleHRR ham radio remote web app.
To access the amateur ham radio transceiver remotely.

Lauch Chrome or Firefox browser

URL - https://[Hotspot IP Addr]:50000/remote

Login

Note:

If the Raspberry Pi's Ethernet cable is plugged into a LAN with Internet access you can access your ham radio remote from the Internet, local LAN and WiFi through the RPi Hotspot.

If the Raspberry Pi's Ethernet cable is not plugged into a LAN, you will only have local WiFi access to your ham radio remote through the RPi Hotspot.

Dont forget to change the WiFi network Password

Option - 7 = Change the Hotspots SSID and Password

That is it you can now access your amateur ham radio station through RPi Hotspot whether you have Internet access a Router or a Local Area Network.

Trouble Shooting

If you don't see the RPiHotspot make sure that rfKill has not blocked WiFi.

You will see this when you login:

Wi-Fi is currently blocked by rfkill.

Use raspi-config to set the country before use.

Notes

No Internet resolve Domain name in hosts file:

1. sudo nano /etc/hosts

copy/past

192.168.50.5 example.com

Ctrl-x-y-Enter

Conclusion

It is totally possible to access your amateur ham radio station remotely through RPi Hotspot whether you have Internet access a Router or a Local Area Network.

Links

  1. Raspberry Pi Automatic Hotspot and Static Hotspot Installer
  2. Raspberry Pi Ham Remote
  3. Raspberry Pi WiFi Hotspot
  4. Raspberry Pi Mobile Hotspot
Simple Ham Radio Remote

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