Once your contest station grows bigger and you add more antennas to turn, it becomes quite annoying to move around the physical rotator controllers between the operating positions inside the shack. Desperate for a better solution, I developed a server software that provides access to the Rotators through the network. Now all rotators can be controlled either directly through Win-Test, TCP socket, or through a Web-Interface.

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In untrusted environments like open WiFi Hotspots, you want to tunnel your traffic through an encrypted channel to the internet. Last year Firesheep has proven successfully how dangerous surfing in a public, non-encrypted hotspot can be. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can also be used to access internet services with IP Address restrictions (e.g. Video or Music streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Spotify). In this post, I’ll show you a VPN solution that can be easily set up and used. The tutorial will work with Windows and Mac OSX.

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Tobias Wellnitz, DH1TW

Software Engineer