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Re: Fw: Rotator/Elevator controled using LAN?





On Wed, 17 Jan 2001, Bruce Bostwick wrote:

> >    Has anyone tried or succeeded contoling a rotator/elevator unit by
> >connect it to a Local Area Network and asigning it an IP address? I have
> >some 10 Base 2 (coaxial) ethernet cards and I am thinking whether they might
> >be a great way of controling a rotator/elevator unit via a single length of
> >RG58. It might be a great way of being able control the rotator/elevator
> >unit from several different PCs or at least have several PCs able to read
> >the position information.
> >
> >    A standard LAN connection might be a good standard feature for
> >rotator/elevator manufactures to include in their units.
> >
> >What do you think?
>
> I think if a cracker finds the IP address of your antenna and figures out
> enough of the protocol, the results could be quite entertaining for the
> neighbors.  ;-)  Seriously, if you have a DSL or cable modem connection, a
> firewall would become an important part of the antenna system.
>
> Aside from that, definitely a cool idea and could work well with tracking
> software, especially for pointing multiple antennas at a specific sat like,
> say, AO-40 ..
>

Write a little applet that listens to the output of Predict and points the
antenna in the right direction.


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