[amsat-bb] Re: Rotor vs problems
ve3nxk at gmail.com
Sat Feb 25 05:00:40 PST 2012
> I am looking to upgrade my ant from fixed to rotor,
> If I were to spend the money, what would be the best no hassle rotator I Should get?
I am sure there will be lots of good ideas come from this, but for what it is
worth I will give you my nickels worth.
I have tried lots of ways. Used U100 series rotors, handmade types from
ventilation damper motors to stepper motors, and old TVRO jack drives. In the end
I have used the Yaesu G5500/5400 for most of my time. I have bought used and
regreassed them, even repaired the odd controller. I have never bought new though.
I have had 2 of them in 10 years. I have never had any burn out or fail from any
use. I take the satellite system down about every 5 years for maintenance, which
means taking apart the rotors for inspection and greasing. The only time I have
ever replaced one, is to upgrade from 5400 to 5500, when I added 1296 and 2304
beams in hope of AO-40 and AO-???.
From what I read most failures are from installation errors, or living in the
salt areas of the oceans. Living here in the cold climate of Canadian winters, I
find they work great. And no I do not have shares in the company.
But it comes down to the type of operator you are. For me, I wanted something that
works and can be controlled by automatic means with no hassles. That is why I
stay with the Yaesu units. I guess it comes down to do you want to operate, or
have fun designing, building, or repairing other units.
Bill Booth VE3NXK
Sundridge ON, Canada
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