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Re: G5500 / SatPC32 / Rotor control



Hi Steve,

 Here's three things I know off that you can look into. The first is 
called a Saebrtrack which is a DIY interface. I don't remeber the 
website url but plugging the word as it's spelled above into google 
should get you there. The next thing is an interface by Mark Spencer 
WA8SME that appeared in the Sept. 2005 QST. It is based upon the 
Saebretrack concept, with both units using a Basic Stamp  in the design 
of the interface. The third design is also by Mark Spencer and appeared 
in the May/June 2006 AMSAT journal with a follow up in the July/August 
issue as well. It uses a PIC micro controller  and is supposed to be 
quite cheaper than the Basic Stamp versions. I'm not sure but there may 
be a kit available for it.
 There is also the FODtrack but I have no experience with it although I 
have heard that it is simple to construct and use. Hope this helps.
I use a slightly different version of the Saebrtrack to control a pair 
of old Gemini orbit 360 TV rotators. I blew all my dough on my TS-2000X 
and can't afford a G-5500. :-)  Wish I could!!!!
73,
Michael, W4HIJ
AMSAT # 36017
Steve Raas wrote:
> Hello everyone, 
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> In interfacing the radio to the PC with sat pc32 it dawned on me that I need
> to have rotor control as well. I think initially I will manually aim the
> antennas, but soon I will want full pc control. I will have a serial & USB
> connection available for this and am looking for a fully featured interface
> that I can build in a kit form or from easily obtainable parts. What
> exactally 'fully featured' is, im unsure of.. but Im sure I'll want it.
> Trying tp keep cost down as well.
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> Thanks
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> Steve Raas 
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> N2JDQ
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> FN20vg
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