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Using a Radio’s Squelch as a Station Controller

In a society that’s always on the move — be it as simple as puttering in the backyard or as exotic as a DXpedition (or anything in between) — there’s been an increasing demand to have the ability to utilize our ham shacks while away from home. In the pre-internet days, this was pretty much limited to DTMF1 control of our radios. Now, our home computers not only can control our stations, but we have remote access to our radios via a variety of internet options.

An Underutilized Approach

At least one control method has been underutilized (if used at all) and it could stand a bit more exploration: A receiver’s squelch. Yes, you heard me right: The squelch circuit in our receivers. So much emphasis has been put on the side of

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