[amsat-bb] G5500 / SatPC32 / Rotor control
Michael Hatzakis Jr MD
lists at hatzakis.net
Thu Jan 25 18:17:21 PST 2007
I've mentioned this one on the list before, but I use an ICOM IC-910H,
G-5500, SatPC32 and ARS Win interface box. This works flawlessly, but is a
little more expensive, if you want a turn-key, no hassle solution. Uses a
Parallel port as well, so it will not occupy a serial or USB port and is
pretty fast and reliable.
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Michael Tondee
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2007 1:46 PM
To: Steve Raas
Cc: AMSAT-BB at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: G5500 / SatPC32 / Rotor control
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!!!!
AMSAT # 36017
Steve Raas wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> In interfacing the radio to the PC with sat pc32 it dawned on me that I
> 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
> 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.
> Steve Raas
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