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Re: Yet another antenna controller

Of course you're re-inventing it, but that's half the fun!

I have done a very similar project using a 16F876 and I
am very happy with it.  You can see the copy
of the source code at www.dougbraun.com/ham.html
(There is also the code for a couple of other 16F84
projects I did.)

The serial interface is based on the Icom C-IV protocol,
so my antenna controller can be controlled by the same serial port
as my IC-821 radio.

The actual circuits consists of the 16F876, a relay driver
IC, 4 relays, the usual voltage regulator and oscillator stuff,
and a few Rs and Cs for the analog inputs.  I built it on
some handy PC boards that are sold by www.dontronics.com.

Let me know if you would like any more info.


At 02:29 AM 10/13/01 , you wrote:

>I'm considering building a PIC based controller for my G5400B that will
>basically take a 6 digit input from a serial port (3 for az, 3 for el) and
>point the antenna there.  It will also respond to a Query and return the
>current az/el position.
>Does it seem like I'm reinventing the wheel here, though?

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