In a message dated 96-08-31 20:11:05 EDT, you write:
>I'm going to use a Yaesu 1000SDX to turn my 48' boom 20M yagi. The rotor is
>over rated at 23 Sq Ft. Someone on this list suggested more like 15 sq ft.
>Which is about what this antenna is...
None of the rotator manufacturers uses a square footage rating any more.
They have switched to a figure that uses weight and turning radius. Let me
know if you don't have access to this info.
>Q1: Would you drill a hole in the mast and pin it to the rotor? My feeling
>is if the wind blows too hard, let it slip in the mast and correct it later.
I agree. Pinning the mast will only let you find out what the next weak
point in your system is and it's usually the brake or gear train.
Correcting the calibration of a beam or re-aiming it is only an annoyance
compared to replacing it.
>Q2: How long will this rotor last with this antenna?
My experience has been that any rotator that lasts six years is about as
much as you can reasonably expect.
73, Steve K7LXC