[amsat-bb] Re: Rotor vs problems

Kevin Deane summit496 at live.com
Sat Feb 25 06:55:47 PST 2012

Well I was not expecting that good of a reply, but thank you very much, as a novice I did not mean to put down any rotor as I have not yet used one, just was a little scetchy on all the posts like I said.
Welcome to any other replies, but having that from the Greater North pretty much did it. The cold operation also said alot thanks again...   :)



> Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:00:40 -0500
> From: ve3nxk at gmail.com
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Rotor vs problems
> > 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.
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