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Re: Once again: Realistic BBQ Dish Gain with OriginalDipole Feed, an

You know, the funny thing here is that the computer programs all ASSUME that 
you are using a
Yaesu G5500 rotor.

It might be time to do some development.  A FodTrack hooked to a PIC could 
be a very simple solution.
Program the pic to run your pulse actuators, battery back it up so it 
doesn't lose count.
Use the output (either serial or parallel port) to tell the PIC where the 
actuators should point
and have the PIC do the conversion, flop the relays and move the actuators.  
Actually, emulating the Serial port version (the Yaesu controller) would 
allow other programs to track as well...

Its work, but it shouldn't be impossible to do.  I though W0LMD had options 
for pulse actuators in his trackers.  If not, he should be willing to add 

Fred W0FMS

>From: "John Wilcox / NS1Z" <ns1z@gwi.net>
>Reply-To: "John Wilcox / NS1Z" <ns1z@gwi.net>
>To: "Frederick M. Spinner" <fspinner@hotmail.com>, <kb2m@arrl.net>,   
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Once again: Realistic BBQ Dish Gain with 
>OriginalDipole Feed, an
>Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 19:25:27 -0400
>Well, I have destroyed the CD-44 I was using on my TVRO dish. I had thought
>of using the dish actuator for azimuth control but, the problem is always
>the same: how do I set it up to allow control by the computer? My main
>problem is that, with the dish actuator, the rotational arc is 
>less than 360 degrees.
>How to fool the control program into thinking it is a full circle...
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Frederick M. Spinner" <fspinner@hotmail.com>
>To: <kb2m@arrl.net>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 5:06 PM
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Once again: Realistic BBQ Dish Gain with
>OriginalDipole Feed, an
> > The real problem is with the Yaesu Rotors.  I've slowly started to 
> > my stuff over to satellite dish actuators, and it amazes me that a $50
> > actuator is so much stronger than a $650 ham rotor.
> >
> > But as I've said before.  If I was having 60 MPH gusts (and that's 
> > for Iowa) and/or I was not using the G5500 setup, I'd park the P* 
> > up.  Its not an option with that rotor and that size dish, it's a
> > requirement.
> >

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