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Re: Portable AZ-EL Rotator?



Is your friend's rotor an AZ/EL or the traditional polar mount rotator?  To
use most of the AMSAT tracking programs you will need an AZ/EL rotator
arrangement.

Carl Lefebvre wrote:
> 
> I was visiting with my neighbor last night who is an astronomy buff. As
> I  watched him position his new Telescope with his computer controlled,
> motor driven tripod, it occurred to me that such an apparatus might make
> a great portable satellite AZ/EL rotator for a small array.  Your
> typical "Yeasu 5500" class rotator seems to be built with much larger
> wind load in mind than a "Arrow" or similar sized arrays.
> 
> Has anyone tried using a telescope mount, or similar lighter duty servo
> device, to create a portable (or simply low-end) antenna positioner for
> the satellites?  I've just started working the satellites recently, but
> I'm not ready to shell out the cash required to put a serious AZ/EL
> rotator in operation.  For now, I am plowing ahead with my Eggbeaters,
> but still investigating other alternatives.
> 
> I would welcome any feedback or suggestions from the group.
> 
> -Carl
> 
> PS. Someone already suggested the "Armstrong" method  :-)
> 
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> Carl Lefebvre
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> EL87
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