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Re: G 5400 vs. G 5500 rotators



Hi Joe.

I don't have the 5400 but I do have the 5500.

1) Don't know

2) The 450 deg can be a pain because not all computer interfaces understand
it yet.

3) I asked this question a few months ago and the answer was no if you're
talking about the GS232 computer interface. If you don't mind a bit of
homebrew, I built a FODTrack in the end for $20 in one evening.
Alternatively for about the same price as a GS232, the Kansas City Tracker
or SASI Sat Tracker have more features.

4) My 5500 will do either a pole or a shelf. The clamp comes with it for
pole mounting.

5) Can't think of much

Cheers, Howard G6LVB

----- Original Message -----
From: Gary "Joe" Mayfield <ka0yos@AMSAT.Org>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2000 1:58 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] G 5400 vs. G 5500 rotators


 > Greetings!
 >
 >       It looks like I may be purchasing an Az/El rotator soon, and I was
 > wondering about the merits / differences between the 5400 (If I can find
 > one) and the 5500.  I know the 5500 has 450 degrees of rotation and the
5400
 > has only 360.
 >
 > 1.  Are there any other differences I should be aware of?
 >
 > 2.  Is 90 degrees worth the extra $100?
 >
 > 3.  Does one really need to spend another $300 - $400 on the computer
 > interface for computer intefacing?
 >
 > 4.  Are they made to sit on a tower shelf (ie do I need to buy a clamp for
 > mast mounting)?
 >
 > 5.  Anything else I should know?
 >
 > Thanks and 73,
 > Gary "Joe" Mayfield ka0yos
 > ka0yos@amsat.org
 >
 >
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