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Reviews Categories | Antenna Rotators & Accessories | Idiom Press/Ham Supply Rotor-EZ - Hy-Gain Controllers Help

Reviews Summary for Idiom Press/Ham Supply Rotor-EZ - Hy-Gain Controllers
Idiom Press/Ham Supply Rotor-EZ - Hy-Gain Controllers Reviews: 101 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $99.95 - 149.95
Description: Point and Shoot” Rotor-EZ (with or without computer control RS-232) for ALL 3 paddle Hy- Gain Controllers by Idiom Press/Ham Supply
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NA1P Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2010 05:22 Send this review to a friend
Great product Great support  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the Rotor-EZ kit plus RS-232 and the LED kit. It went together in about 3 hours. It took much longer wiring it up to the box then it did building the board. I had some problems with it and e-mailed Rob. He got right back to me and the support was great. We narrowed it down to the pic chip and he sent me a new one, at no cost, that arrived, cross country, in 3 days. That took care of the problem and the unit works great.

When I purchased the kit, I had questioned the support I would receive after viewing some of the reviews here. He said he did have some problems after taking over the company and assured me it was resolved. He sure was there when I needed help. Thanks Rob, great product and great support.
WA7KGX Rating: 5/5 Oct 16, 2010 10:22 Send this review to a friend
Really cool  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Ordered one at the Seaside convention this summer.
The sale was delayed because the board had to be redesigned to avoid a part that had gone out of production. I've been on the receiving end of a chip EOL myself so I can appreciate the pain.

I installed it into a CDE HAM II control box. The meter's binding posts were too big for the board. I rearranged the box with the board ending up behind the switches. I also got blue LEDs for the directional indicators. They look really cool with red illumination on the meter.

This is not a beginner's Heathkit by a long shot. The board went together and worked the first time. I have been using it for some time now. I plan on using the RS232 part any day now.

I would not hesitate to get another if got another rotor. Hopefully I will be neater with the front panel next time.
K5DL Rating: 1/5 Oct 15, 2010 16:31 Send this review to a friend
Great until it breaks...  Time owned: more than 12 months
I own two of their products and they work as advertised. The Rotor-EZ works nicely but obviously like many things built today the current owner of Idiom Press must believe his products to be throw away. It's design is lacking in the protection provided the PIC chip from transients on the leads that read the rotor position pot. I have a well protected station with a grounding system close to cellular spec's. The rotor cable is protected at two points with ICE protection blocks. A near by lightning strike damaged the PIC chips ability to determine position due to this lack of transient protection. Nothing else in the shack damaged. I have been trying for three months to get a response from Idiom Press to purchase a replacement PIC chip at all the published numbers with no luck. It appears it's a sales only company. I am back to using my spare stock rotor control box. People complain about MFJ/Ameritron. I can call them and get a part for anything they make and have it within a week. Poor customer service is inexcusable. I will spend no more money with Idiom Press and can't at this point recommend their products.
N1NCO Rating: 3/5 Sep 14, 2010 12:00 Send this review to a friend
Great Kit. Easy to build, but their service is bad.  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I modified my HyGain rotator controller using the Idiom Press Rotor-EZ Kit. The instructions were very good and the kit was easy to build. As an antenna rotator it worked first time. The only problem I had and still have is getting the serial line connection to work. I have performed all the diagnostic checks suggested in the documentation, including removing the processor chip and joining together the serial input and output pins at the chip socket. It all works and I can loop back data by doing this showing that the intervening level convertors, wiring and cable are correct. This leaves the microprocessor chip itself, which seems to work in all respects except it's serial line interface. It's either the chip itself or a bug in the code that accesses the chips UART.

I have tried multiple times to contact Idiom Press, by phone - never any answer, but I left several messages - no response. Also by email a number of times, but no response whatever. I have given up at this point. I now have a very fine anntena rotator controller, much better than the original, but since the main purpose of buying this kit was to be able to contol the rotator from software, I am very disappointed.

Bottom line: It's a great kit, well thought out and easy to build and add on the and existing HyGain controller, but don't hold your breath about getting any help from Idiom Press, if something goes wrong!

If anyone from Idiom Press reads this, please feel free to contact me at , I'd love to get it fixed!
WY3X Rating: 5/5 Jul 27, 2009 18:49 Send this review to a friend
Echo everyone else  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The kit contained less parts than most QRP kits. Took me around 6 hours between numerous incoming phone calls to get it all assembled. It probably would have taken only 4 hours if not for the interruptions. The circuit board is well-engineered, although mis-marked. They apologized in the documentation for a silk-screening error that could cause you to install some diodes backwards. All I can say is that I wish I had done this to my vintage 1979 TailTwister rotor a LONG time ago!!! I really have a slick setup now! I got all options; LED lighting and RS-232 interface. You may as well too, since you have to admit, it's a major undertaking to remove and re-install those 8 wires on the rear panel of the rotor control box! The factory bulb was not bright enough for me to be able to read the degree scale. No problem after installing the LED kit and setting it for medium brightness! It's really a winning combination!
N0YK Rating: 5/5 Apr 4, 2009 22:43 Send this review to a friend
Turns the Ham IV into a Cadillac!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
When I read the description for this modification off Idiom Press's web site, I was a little skeptical on this working flawlessly with my ole Ham IV controller. I went ahead and ordered the kit with the serial option and the LED lightning kit. I did the LED mod first, was very easy and works well. Then onto the EZ rotor modification, at first glance, I was thinking I should have had Norms Rotor service do this. But, after about 3 hours of diligent work, with wires all over the place, everything came together nicely.

I would recommend this to anyone that doesn't mind basic kit building and is good with a soldering iron. This really is a great modification to the Hy-Gain rotors, works very well and I'm now controlling my rotor remotely via Ham Radio Deluxe.

Very Nice and worth the cash!

KB1NXE Rating: 5/5 Jan 19, 2009 19:02 Send this review to a friend
Now have 2!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This is the easiest and cheapest way to move your old Hy-Gain rotator control box into the modern age - period.

You can buy the green bird, or you can save most of the money, spend a few hours stuffing a board following excellent directions and make your Ham-XX or Tailtwister work ten times better. Add the RS-232 option and control it from software like HDR! [If you use HDR and have a rotator, you gotta get the RS-232. Talk about click and shoot!]

Do yourself a favor. Order one of these and put it together. Reminded me of the Heathkit days. Oh how I long for the days when a new box from Benton Harbor would arrive.
WD0EDO Rating: 5/5 Nov 25, 2008 13:20 Send this review to a friend
Smoooooooth  Time owned: more than 12 months
This has to be one of the sweetest mods available to put real life back into your Hy-Gain rotor. Using the RS-232 option makes this a real treat to use. When utilized with Ham Radio Deluxe and DM-780 software, turning your antenna is just a mouse click away.
KX9Q Rating: 5/5 Nov 5, 2008 12:45 Send this review to a friend
Another great upgrade by Idiom Press!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I read some of the complaints about Idiom Press because of the turn around time, etc. All I can say is I ordered the kit last week and it arrived in four days. Taking my time and plenty of it I was successful in assembling and installing the kit. I even had some questions of Rob over the weekend and to my surprise he replied within several hours. I will add this caution. The silk screening of the pc board has four diodes backwards. Of course I installed the diodes as per the instructions and the silk screening and then continued reading the assembly manual which went to the next page to find out that the diodes needed to be installed just reverse of the screening - yes, I know I should have read on. I did email Rob about this and suggested the warning should be before rather than after you are told what to install and where to install it. Other than the one glitch everything went very smooth. The reason I did the upgrade was because the DCU-1 I have appears to be losing it's digits and I have been told the cost is somewhere around $300+ to repair. I pulled the old controller out and did the upgrade instead. Well worth the cost and the functionality is great. Granted I do not have digital readout nor the memories, but, with the capability to set the direction and go without holding down any of the switches works well for me plus you get the delay breaking and automatic stopping as it approaches the direction you selected.
WB7OKX Rating: 5/5 Aug 30, 2008 23:31 Send this review to a friend
Super Product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This kit is not for the faint at heart but if you lay out and identify the parts first and take your time checking and double checking as you build the kit it will work fist time without problems. I think it took me as much time to install the finished kit into the control box as it did to build the kit. I took my time, more than likely two to three times as long as many in these reivews. I think I had the kitchen table occupied for about four days, how many hours I can't say but I wanted to do a good job and it paid off. I was missing four led holders and Rob W7GH sent them to me ASAP on questions asked. Be careful drilling the hole/s, This was the one thing I got in a hurry doing and the top LED is off just a tad and I notice it every time I look at the TX2 control box! Make sure you have a good assortment of small drills that are sharp before you start. Take your time marking the hole and drill with a small drill first to make sure you are in the exact spot. I would recomend this to anyone who has a hi-gain rotor that the kit will fit. The kit fixes what hi-gain should have done in the first place.
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