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Re: Replacement For KCT??



Tom,

     There are several alternatives.  FODTrack is pretty easy to understand
and not that bad to interface to any rotor with a voltage feedback for
position, the price is right too!  It uses a parallel port.  If you are
short parallel ports they are pretty easy to add via PCI slots.

     A quick check at www.explorermicro.com reveals several of the
motherboards they are using have ISA slots.  Just click on the ? by the
motherboard choice.  I have no interest or connection to explorermicro other
than being a satisfied customer.

73,
Joe


----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas and Judie Webb" <tmwebb@cox.net>
To: "AMSAT" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 11:44 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Replacement For KCT??


> About a week ago, my trusty computer crashed big-time.  Windows 98SE was
> reloaded; we formatted the HD and started from scratch.  However, neither
> the onboard nor SoundBlaster 16 PCI sound cards work and this morning, the
> 3.5 FD can no longer be accessed.  My suspicion is the motherboard is
going
> down the tubes.  Monday, we're going to attempt another reload of Win98SE
on
> the possibility something went amiss the first time.
>
> Right now, for pointing the satellite array, I'm using a Yaesu G-400 for
> azimuth and the KenPro KR-500 (Yaesu G-500) for elevation; they're
> interfaced to KCT by a custom built cable and all seems to work fine.
>
> Bottom line: I  use Kansas City Tracker which requires a ISA slot and as
> you know, those motherboards are becoming VERY hard to find.  KCT has
served
> me well over the years, but I think it might be time for a change.
>
> Are there any PCI based tracking units or trackers which can be interfaced
> to my rotors without a major engineering project?  I know there are units
> which direct-connect to the Yaesu 5400/5500/???; could those be modified
to
> work with standard rotor control boxes.  Would the 5400/5500 control box
> work with my current rotors?
>
> Also, if anyone knows of any reliable motherboards with an ISA slot,
please
> pass that along, too.
>
> ......no one of us is smarter than all of us.
>
> Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5
>
>
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