I had a similar situation where I at times couldn’t connect remotely to a computer at the transmitter and I needed to reboot it. (That computer does my off-site backups.) I connected a Burk remote relay to the
reset contacts on the motherboard.
If you have WiFi at the site, I have used some “smart plug” controls at my home from Best Buy. It is currently $25.
There are other “smart plugs” out there you may want to check out.
A couple months ago I had a UPS failure when I was hit with a brief power outage at the transmitter. That took down my microwave receiver, etc. and took me off the air around 2 AM. Joy! So in response I built
up my own “UPS Bypass Box” with a relay and two power inputs, the UPS and Shore power and output outlets to go to the rack. The UPS input powers the relay, so if the UPS fails, the rack will get power from shore power.
So yes, you can build your own box for a small amount of money and a bit of time.
From: Don Prentice [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 2:13 PM
To: CRTech <email@example.com>
Subject: [CRTech] Simple computer reboot via ARC 16?
I am looking for a simple and cheap relay to power cycle our computer at the transmitter. It needs a low voltage way to momentarily click a relay that the computer power is connected to.
Such a simple thing but most relay boxes are hundreds of dollars. 50 miles round trip to reboot the computer is not the use of anyone’s time.
KCAS Station Manager