Sunday, August 25, 2019

Remote operation of FT8 via TeamViewer (Sept QST)

Remoting from 8" Samsung tablet

An article in the September (2019) issue of QST caught my attention and I've been tinkering with the procedure described for a few days now. The article is "Enjoy FT8 From Almost Anywhere" by Bob Witmer W3RW.

ARRL members can read the article here (page 33).

Bob describes how to use TeamViewer to enable remote digital operation of your home station.

The very relevant detail is that this process is strictly for digital operation - not phone or CW. To operate remotely using phone or CW, the information (modulation) is sent from your remote location to your home station.

But for digital modes, only commands are sent, ie the double-clicking of the mouse on a station you want to work. At that point, the remote station takes over with WSJT-X controlling the rest of the QSO exchanges.

TeamViewer is a free program for non-commercial users and is available for a variety of platforms, including mobile devices.

My first test of the procedure described in the article was from the other end of my house with a laptop. Needless to say, it worked well since the laptop and the station PC running WSJT-X are on the same network.

Next, I installed TeamViewer onto my old-ish Android tablet and again was able to initiate and respond to FT8 contacts.

Finally, I took the laptop to another location with WiFi a few miles away and was able to make contacts with no evidence of delay


  1. Hello John, doing this already for years now. It has to be told that Teamviewer detects the use of WSJT-X as commercial. And it is not easy to reach them and tell them it is just for hobby. Luckily there is also chrome remote desktop that works very well. 73, Bas

    1. Hi Bas,

      I had heard that about TeamViewer so never bothered to try it and was surprised to see the article in QST mention it. So far, it's working - for how long I don't know.

      73 - John