[amsat-bb] Re: simplest USB rotor interface

H. Vordenbaum tower2 at stx.rr.com
Thu Nov 17 12:51:46 PST 2011

The LVB Tracker is small.  The switch buttons are for calibration mainly. 
The switches on the G-5400/G-5500 can be used for manual control.  With the 
USB interface you don't need to fool with another serial port.
73, Harvey

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wayne Estes" <w9ae at charter.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:27 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] simplest USB rotor interface

> As an AMSAT Area Coordinator, I occasionally get questions about rotor 
> interfaces.  So I need to become better informed about the interface 
> options.
> I'm well aware of the LVBtracker, but to me it seems to be overkill for 
> the intended purpose.  It's not necessary for a rotor interface to have a 
> big box, display, and control switches.  The interface really only needs 
> to contain A/D and D/A converters.  All displays and controls can be 
> implemented "virtually" on the computer's screen.
> Is there a simple and cheap USB interface for the G-5500 rotor? Something 
> small and simple like FODtrack, but with a USB port?
> I'm aware of WinRotor USB, but nobody in North America seems to use it.
> Wayne Estes W9AE
> Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik
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