W4AAW is configured as a Multi-Multi station for Totally Remote Multi-Multi Contesting. Our group of operators, now known as TeamW4AAW, developed the interfaces and systems to permit Totally Remote M/M Contesting. TeamW4AAW was the first group in the world to employ the concept, mounting the first Totally Remote CW, SSB AND RTTY M/M contest efforts.
All W4AAW operating positions can be fully remote-controlled through a low latency Internet connection.
One position is dedicated for use by operators with a K3/RemoteRig set up. The other two positions are identically equipped with FT-2000s and Acom 2000As and may be accessed by TeamW4AAW members without their having to buy any special hardware or software.
Antenna selection at any position is automatic, thanks to a switching system designed by Top Ten Devices. All positions use Dunestar bandpass filters and harmonic attenuation stubs (W2VJN design).
On his computer screen the remote operator sees the same high resolution image as is seen in the W4AAW shack. Audio heard at the remote position is crystal clear. Transmitted audio quality often draws comments such as, "I would never know you were operating remote, if you had not told me." The latency is extremely low, equal roughly to the length of one Morse "dit" at 30 wpm. High speed CW operation is well accommodated with some team members chalking up 180 to 200 QSOs/hr rates.
The ARRL said this about our team: ...."a group of more than 20 operators, [that] helps to maintain and operate the station, which has become a real-world laboratory in the to-date niche field of remotely controlled contesting."
TeamW4AAW members operate the station remotely from their own QTHs in Washington state, Oregon, California, Missouri, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and other states. Members outside the continental USA include those in Panama, Scotland, Hungary and Germany. One team member, while traveling, operated from Jakarta.
We often place in the top ten of US M/M stations.
W4AAW is NOT a "station for rent" facility. TeamW4AAW members pay no dues. They do, from time to time, share station costs, lend or otherwise supply equipment and pitch in with their own unique and considerable expertises.
The Remote Contesting Project was begun to create a cost-free or low-cost way for accomplished, serious Contest Operators who may have no access to a competitive station, to operate one. Some of our accomplished contest operators live in HOA-restricted neighborhoods, apartment buildings or in homes where anything more than wire antennas would be impossible to erect.
We assiduously adhere to all FCC rules and to the rules of any contest we enter.
We are continuing to improve our Remote Contesting setup and look forward to working you in the next big contest.