There are lots of options for “Rig Remote Control” with the innovation of Software controlled and SDR transceivers, many are paid options some provided by manufacturers others offered through third party providers like multi use and logging type systems like Ham Radio Deluxe, N1MM etc. we will try to provide links to those methods, more importantly some freeware versions will populate our list. As always if You know of other options, either paid or free please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amateur Radio Internet Guide – The DXZone has an extensive list of Transceiver control software both paid and freeware
General use options (not devoted to brands):
RemoteTx – Operate Anywhere I know little about this option but it may be worth a look:
DXLab (dxlabsuite.com) This is a comprehensive suite of programs including Rig Control, Logging, DX spotting, propagation etc. that can control multiple “rigs” from one computer
A free application that controls up to 4 Alinco, Elecraft, FlexRadio, Icom, JST, Kachina, Kenwood, TenTec, or Yaesu transceivers, switching between them manually or automatically based on frequency, and displaying frequency-dependent settings for devices like tuners and amplifiers; includes a bandspread, and supports transverters, frequency and mode tracking by an independent transceiver or receiver, SDR-based panadaptors, and SO2R switching with microHam or OTRSP-compliant devices.
Ham Radio Deluxe, attempts to be all things to all hams, offering rig control, rotor control, logging, digital modes, satellite tracking etc. they do provide great personal support.
eHam.net Ham Radio Deluxe Reviews
There are old versions of HRD floating around the internet that were unpaid versions, when HRD was purchased and became a commercial/retail offering those versions were abandoned and seem to be considered “pirateware” by the present providers of HRD. The link below is an apparent archive of the “Old Version” while it lasts?
Icom options that I am familiar with are:
RS BA1 (Icoms paid software) RS-BA1 IP Remote Control Software – Features – Icom America Available through most of the Amateur Radio retailers. ICOM RS-BA1-V2 ICOM IP Remote Control Software | DX Engineering as you can gather from the DXengineering link RS-BA1 is not an inexpensive option and is not easily installed and learned, the curve is steep and reviews are critical. there are other options, let’s explore a few.
eHam.net RS-BA1 Reviews
Win4IcomSuite for Icom Radios – Win4IcomSuite for Icom Radios (va2fsq.com) At $60, this is a much more affordable option and appears to receive higher marks in it’s reviews
eHam.net Win4com Reviews
WFVIEW | Open Source interface for Icom transceivers, Now we’ll investigate a FREE option, this is a “work in progress” so not all transceivers are fully supported but work continues on this product
Yaesu, Now lets explore some Yaesu options
I know we’ve got Kenwood, Alinco, Elecraft, Flex etc. which could likely take me a week or more to fully populate this page. I offered some generic options and two of the most popular Transceiver brands, you get the idea. Please search, explore, try out some things you might like. you may decide that remote operation is not something that interests you, I’m sure it isn’t for everyone and that is what this hobby is about, Experimentation.