[amsat-bb] Question regarding Yaesu G-5500 AZ/EL Rotor

Frank Westphal k6fw1 at verizon.net
Mon Nov 27 16:03:22 UTC 2017


I have the G-5400, previous model, and connected a tracker interface 
directly into the 8 pin DIN on the back of the control unit.  The 
tracker interface connects to your computer.  All the interface does is 
a level conversion from RS232 to TTL.  The tracker interface I use came 
from Germany.  SATPC32 works perfectly with this setup.

No additional parts or modification of the control unit was necessary.



On 11/26/17 10:02 PM, Bernie and Cheryl wrote:
> Dear Folks:
> I am looking into getting a satellite tracker box to connect my 
> computer to my G-5500 rotor so I don't have to manually track 
> satellites any more.  I get the impression that I would hook the 
> tracker box into the back of the rotor control box (where the 8 pin 
> DIN female connector is).  However, the manual for the 5500 states as 
> follows:  "If the optional GS-232 Computer Control Interfaces Unit is 
> installed, the RS-232C cable from the computer routes through this 
> grommet ..."
> This implies that I need to buy something else from Yaesu and install 
> it in the control box in order to utilize a tracker box. But, I've 
> never heard of anyone doing that.  So, has someone out there hooked up 
> a 5500, and did you have to buy an optional unit for the Yaesu rotor 
> control box?
> Thanks for your help.  73 de Bernie, KF0QS
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