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Author Topic: Computer-Control of Antenna Rotator?  (Read 2219 times)
WA7ARK
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« on: February 12, 2011, 08:04:52 AM »

I just acquired a rotator sans control box. I will be building my own PIC-controlled control box, with manual jog, digital heading select, and LCD readout of heading. I can easily also add a provision for remote-control via a computer, which raises the following questions:

Which of the Ham radio programs provide control of rotator heading? 

What is the nature of the interface? Serial? Parallel? USB?

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011, 08:28:50 PM »

I just acquired a rotator sans control box. I will be building my own PIC-controlled control box, with manual jog, digital heading select, and LCD readout of heading. I can easily also add a provision for remote-control via a computer, which raises the following questions:

Which of the Ham radio programs provide control of rotator heading? 

DXView, the geo-information component of the free-ware DXLab Suite can control a broad range of rotators; see http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxview

What is the nature of the interface? Serial? Parallel? USB?

Serial. You could emulate any of the common protocols; Hygain, for example. If you need protocol documentation let me know via aa6yq (at) ambersoft.com

    73,

         Dave, AA6YQ



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