[amsat-bb] Re: Limits of G-5500?

John B. Stephensen kd6ozh at comcast.net
Sat Mar 7 11:53:01 PST 2009

The G-5500 handles 10 square feet of wind load so a 7.5 foot dish will 
exceed that by a factor of 4. You'll need a rotator designed for HF 
log-periodic antennas or C-band satellite dishes.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark L. Hammond" <marklhammond at gmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2009 14:25 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] Limits of G-5500?

> Hi All,
> Recently I acquired a 7.5' dish.  It's aluminum with a steel ring mount. 
> I estimate the dish weights maybe 50 lbs?
> What is a realistic limit for a Yaesu G-5500 rotator?  Would it handle a 
> dish of this size/weight if carefully counterbalanced?  Or is it too big 
> and silly to even consider?
> I know wind load is a concern of course, too.  But I imagine keeping it 
> close to the ground...
> I've thought about cutting it down in size to reduce weight and wind load, 
> but would rather not go that route...
> 73,
> Mark L. Hammond  [N8MH]
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