[amsat-bb] Re: rotor interface options

Michael Hatzakis Jr MD lists at hatzakis.net
Sun Jan 7 22:02:03 PST 2007

Hi Larry,

While a little more expensive an option, my suggestion is to check out the
ARS Win.  It is about the slickest controller I've seen or used.  It is most
certainly worth the cost.  The support that Pablo Garcia provides is
unbeatable and it works flawlessly with SatPC32, Satscape, Nova among many
others and those that work with WispDDE.  He has an AZI only, and AZI-Ele
versions for both 8-bit, Satellite and a 10bit for EME and has a few PC
interfaces available.  

I've cc:'d Pablo, the manufacturer to this e-mail.  I have no connection to
the company, except I have been extremely happy with it for the last few
years despite having used multiple tracking software programs.


Michael K3MH

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of George Henry
Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2007 9:04 PM
To: amsat bb
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: rotor interface options

The FOD-Track PC board is available from FAR Circuits ( 
www.farcircuits.net ), and will cost about $30 in parts to build.  Mark 
Spencer from the ARRL also recently put together the Sat688, a PIC-based 
controller which was featured in the AMSAT Journal, available in limited 
quantities.  A nice feature was that it could be built for RS-232, USB, or 
both.  You might try dropping him a line at mspencer at arrl.org to see if any 
are still available.  FOD-Track is directly supported by SatPC32, Ham Radio 
Deluxe, Nova, and most other tracking programs.  The Sat688 is supported in 
Nova by the EasyComm 1 setting, and in SatPC32 as a SAEBRTrack Box.  It will

probably work with other programs that offer one of those choices.

I have used the FOD-Track for a couple of years now and am very happy with 
it.  I also picked up one of the Sat688 boards and am just finishing 
assembly of it.  (I'm still holding onto my club's KCT... they don't want to

let it go yet)

Lastly, there are also the LVB-Tracker from Howard Long, G6LVB www.g6lvb.com

and the W0LMD Tracker www.ultimatecharger.com , although I don't really know

much about them.

George, KA3HSW

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Larry" <n1miw at cox.net>
To: "Amsat Mailing List (E-mail)" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2007 8:03 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] rotor interface options

>     Good day and happy New Year to all! I was just wondering what options
> are available to connect an az-el rotor controller to the PC. The Kansas
> City Tracker isn't in production, as well as the Trackbox, except on the
> used market. What else can we use?    73's... Larry N1MIW

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