[amsat-dc] inquiry about homebrew az-el systems (Samudra Haque)

Pat Kilroy pat at patkilroy.com
Mon Feb 25 11:09:15 PST 2013

Hi Samudra,

Gosh, here are some of the oodles of plans 
out there for different az-el antenna pointing 
solutions to get you started. See below. 

I'm sorry I don't have info on motor suppliers
or the other items you mention. Hope these 
might be helpful none the less to you and 


Pat Kilroy

>From ANS-020 released Saturday, January 19, 
mainly introducing our Workshop on Portable 
Satellite Ground Stations, but includes buried 
nuggets on antennas and az-el: 

Links for antenna ideas:
Links for software ideas:

>From ANS-048 released Saturday, February 16: 
http://www.vk3um.com and http://www.vk5dj.com/satellite.html and then derived: 
and http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/SCA61T-FA1H1G-1/551-1005-1-ND/751309

The LVB Tracker Box by Howard Long, G6LVB: 

>From ANS-041 released Saturday, February 9: 
ANS Archives

Me? I must be choosy on which wheels I re-invent, 
especially when I need proven/reliable operations 
out of a station component, such as Az-El motion. 
I use a heavy duty camera tripod to steer portable 
antennas, and I cheated and got the Yaesu G-5500 
combo ($730) for portable, semi-portable and fixed 

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