[amsat-bb] Re: inquiry about homebrew az-el systems
normanlizeth at gmail.com
Sat Feb 23 19:02:08 PST 2013
These days is the hardware can all be made to chat with other bits of hardware.
Doesn't matter which IDE/mfgr that gets chosen for the product we're
talking about. Most these days can be made to do the same thing with
You bring about a good point. A contraption (az el rotator) can be
driven with a smart phone. Not sure the radios could be driven that
way. Not much of a hindrance, though.
The key is that the modules are off the shelf, cheep, supported and
can be for the most part purchased at Radio Shack/downloaded from the
internet. (shameless plug: they have microcontrollers in stock along
with a pretty good line electronics goodies.)
On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM, Gus <8p6sm at anjo.com> wrote:
> I think AMSAT-UK even has software available.
> And with the addition of a bit of EEPROM, you could even pre-load the
> controller with ephemeris data for several satellites for several days in
> advance. Emergency / field-day / portable operation without needing a
> Add a bluetooth module and an Android app, and you could have an all
> singing, all dancing, full-featured satellite station in a briefcase.
> I'D buy one...
> On 02/23/2013 10:01 PM, Lizeth Norman wrote:
>> Samudra and the gang,
>> The bee's knees would be an Arduino Mega 2560 talking over one of it's
>> serial ports to the pc. Using the output of the Orbitron (or insert
>> your fave rave software here) DDE server to drive the microcontroller.
>> There are enough digital/analog pins to drive/slave anything from
>> Simple serial port setup. Repeatable. Extensible. The chip has several
>> other HARDWARE (i.e has it's own hardware buffers for i/o) serial
>> ports for more and more fun stuff.
>> Have a look on youtube or google for code to drive steppers / selsyns..
>> Norm n3ykf
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> 73, de Gus 8P6SM
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