[amsat-bb] Re: G5500 and LVB tracker interface

Chris Bloy chris at photofuture.co.uk
Thu Sep 8 13:49:27 PDT 2011

Sorry that sentence is suppose to read "the control box isn't at 0 degree but at approx 2-3 degrees!"

Sent from my iPhone

On 8 Sep 2011, at 21:22, "Chris Bloy" <chris at photofuture.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi Group,
> I have finally order the fibre glass pole from Moonraker of all places and
> am awaiting its replacement after being damaged in post!
> Anyway, I have also received and played with my new shiny LVB tracker to
> interface to the G5500 and have a couple of questions that may you guys
> could help me with!
> a) I have calibrated the rotator with the G5500 and it would appear at 0
> degrees on the LVB tracker, the control box is at 0? If I use the controls
> on the control box it moves about 2 degree to the stop point. Is this normal
> or have I missed something as I have recalibrated several times!
> b) The tracker has a USB interface and uses a virtual serial port to
> communicate with, but it seems to disconnect quite a lot when using NOVA
> during the testing?
> c) What are the recommended settings for NOVA as I am not sure I understand
> them 100%! I know it uses the G232A command set and does control the
> rotator, but I am not sure I have set the interface section correctly.. Do I
> set the maximum azimuth to 450 and leave the azimuth setting to 0-360?
> Sorry for the questions, but I know how to use it once its been working,
> just never had to create all this from stratch.
> I have checked the archive on AMSAT-BB and not found much to help, although
> some hints to actually get the rotator talking did come from the group!
> Many Thanks,
> Chris Bloy - M0DQO 
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