[amsat-bb] LVB Tracker builders

Gould Smith gouldsmi at bellsouth.net
Tue May 8 23:03:22 PDT 2007

Howard Long, G6LVB has graciously provided his LVB Tracker (Rotor Controller) Boards for us to offer at Dayton this year.  Kevin, WA6FWF has compiled a parts list for the US  suppliers:  JAMECO,  MOUSER &  DIGIKEY.  These are the bare boards.

These boards go between your computer using a serial or USB connector and the Yaesu 5400/5500 rotor controller box.  The most common tracking software can then control your rotors to track the satellites.  It took me an evening to build and test the boards.  The LCD display is a nice feature that shows the current position of the rotors.  The boards will allow you to program the PIC processor onboard, and Howard's software checks for a stalled rotor.

I have decided to include a CD with all of the LVB documentation from Howard and the parts list from Kevin with the package.

I would also like to include any helpful building hints, corrections or photos that would help those building the boards.

If someone or more than one are interested in putting together a parts kit or offer to build the board for those less inclined, I will include your contact information on the disc.

Please let me know by Saturday, May 12th as Dayton is quickly approaching, and I need to make the discs.

Gould, WA4SXM
AMSAT Director Field Operations & the AMSAT Booth at Dayton 

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