K8EA Remote down

If you’re looking for the K8EA remote it is down. I have had a lot of problems with Charter/Spectrum. I am working to resolve those issues which are on their side of the line. These are not problems with any of our connections or equipment. I am sorry for the inconvenience but until I can be sure they have solved their issues permanently I do not want to reintroduce the remote. The remote requires a lot of upload bandwidth on a relative basis compared to many other internet uses like streaming video which requires more download bandwidth. I’ll post when we get this issue resolve. 73, Ed

Working on issues…

I hope to have the dropped connections and latency issues resolved this weekend. Until then you are likely to have some problems with the remote. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully by Sunday-Monday the remote will be back to normal. Thanks to those who reported the issues. 73, Ed

Internet. Any issues?

We are having some unique internet issues here that we are working to resolve. If you have encountered any issues in the last 2-3 weeks I would provide me with any specific information. Thanks. 73, Ed

Just an update…

Thanks to all the great ops out there. Especially those who send an email once in a while or let me know about problem ops or technical issues. If I don’t hear from anyone I assume all is running well. We’ve been up two years now and approaching 400 approved ops.

Remember to post something on the chat bar whenever you operate the remote, even if it’s just a click on the “ASK” button. But to report an issue please use the website contact tab. I don’t read everything posted to the chat bar.

Regarding the “pirates” issue, I have tightened up the policies to get approval here. Just today I had an application that looked suspicious and sure enough they were detected and properly rejected.

WX has been pretty good. I try to keep the station up as much as possible, except of course when I am on the air which is predictably from 5-8:00 AM CDST. If you find the remote down at another time of day check the WX in the Birmingham Alabama area, zip 35210. There’s probably some lightning stuff going on.

To everyone out there, have a great holiday weekend. Very 73 from K8EA!

Reminders…please.

Here’s a couple things I know I have sent out a few times. Thanks to all the ops who cooperate.

  • When leaving the remote as control op you must turn off the radio and the amp, then disconnect. This eliminates the confusion as to who may have left the radio and amp on. If you turned it on, you are responsible for turning it off. There is no “hand off” to another operator.
  • Everyone who logs on should leave some sort of note on the chat bar, period. This may just be an “ask to tune.” Or any info on the remote. Or just to say 73. I have a detailed console so I can always search to see who was on then, guest ops, who left the radios on, etc. However, it is nice to hear anything at a glance from each op. Even band conditions.

These are just simple requests but I am weeding out some ops who don’t seem to have respect for the station, the equipment, and our little community. I have also established here an honor roll for those who have reported issues, poor operating, or in other ways have contributed to the excellence of this remote. Thanks to all our fine ops!

73,

Ed/K8EA

Difficult week here…

First, five straight days of thunderstorms in the area several times a day. I think most reasonable people will understand that I need to disconnect antennas during thunderstorms or when they are forecast overnight and I am sleeping. Unbelievably some have made complaints to me about the remote being down. The remote is intended for use by hams who otherwise are unable to get on the air due to HOA limitations or other reasons listed on the website. I also got a complaint from someone to whom I denied privileges. He had a fully equipped station and stated he was already approved on other remotes. This gentleman also had his own remotehams station. His reason for wanting access to this remote: “he just wanted to test propagation” from my geographical area. We don’t NEED more ops on this remote. We have many great considerate operators so I have raised the bar on who gets approved. The remote is part of my hobby and I enjoy others using the station when I am not on the air which is 90% of the time. But it is a hobby for me and not a job. And it is free. So please, your patience is appreciated.

Second, today when the thunderstorms finally abated the server went down unexpectedly. It’s a simple power supply issue and will like be up this afternoon. Of course when the server is down you won’t see it on remotehams. I have spares of almost everything so it should be up later this afternoon. Sorry for any inconvenience. 73, Ed

Leave a note on the Chat Bar

Just yesterday we had a minor glitch on the remote which caused the “no power ouput” comments from a couple ops. So I am asking all approved ops to please just use the chat bat at least once when you are on, whether it be simply the ASK (which should always be used anyway), or a comment like a 73, signing off, GN, or whatever, each time you use the remote. Or just please drop a short note when signing off. That way I know there are no problems and the remote is being used. I had no idea that there was a computer glitch in the mic input yesterday. Sometimes it just takes a simple re-boot on my end to get the machinery working well again. Thanks to all. 73, Ed/K8EA

Update on new op screening and security

Hello to all operators. Since we discovered a couple of pirates operating on the remote we have taken some steps to enhance the screening of new operator requests. One unfortunate by-product is that it may take a little longer to get approved and the contact tab is more involved. So if you apply for operating privileges please 1) be patient, and 2) please accurately complete the contact form.

Remember you must have a current email address on qrz.com to operate on this remote. This aids in verification. And as I have said elsewhere on this site you must upload an official copy or actual copy of your license in jpg format to remotehams.com. We will no longer accept reference copies. I link to remotehams.com and get your license through my server so please don’t send directly to me.

I am very grateful that we have many fine ops on this remote. My thanks to all. Please report any misconduct or suspicious operating to me. Very 73 to all, Ed/K8EA

Down a little for maintenance this afternoon…now back up.

I began doing a little clean up/maintenance on the remote this morning. Ran into a little set back. Pleased to say we had some backup parts on hand but one thing led to another so I thought I would take care of some tidying up while I was at it. Sorry for the down time. She’s back up. Good news is that we’ll likely escape the t-storms for a couple days.

One point to note for new ops and regulars. You must have a valid email address on QRZ.com, and new op requests should use that email address when requesting privileges. One recent request was sent in with no valid email address. When I sent him an email to grant privileges it bounced back. It’s also a good way for verification. 73 to all and enjoy your holiday. 73, Ed