In a message dated 97-01-10 12:52:06 EST, you write:
>Wire nuts, special connectors in place of the terminal strip - wouldn't
>have any of that here, that's just a lot of extra work and cost, and
>limits the flexibility of the system. A simple 3 foot pigtail and those
>trusty 8 pin Cinch Jones plugs that have been around for decades work
>great. They are cheap, rugged and there is enough room to solder healthy
>sized conductors for those long runs. Also that way you can mount the
>rotor on a flat plate without a hole in it, if needed.
A terrific retrofit improvement to Hy-Gain rotators.
BTW, Hy-Gain switched a couple of years ago to the CATS-like plug with
the tiny insertion pins but did eliminate the terminal strip (like N4SI sez:
"Why do you think they called it a 'terminal' strip?). Although an
improvement, it was frought with problems too: difficulty soldering/inserting
pins (you needed an extraction tool to take them out); lack of spare pins
(you're gonna screw up one or two at least); and the damn thing was
impossible to do on the tower.
I just installed a new Ham IV and the Hy-Gain rotators now use the
aforementioned Cinch Jones plug. Thanks to Roger and the guys for getting it
right. I imagine that the pigtail kit is available from the factory or even
CATS and it might be worth investing a little time and money into upgrading
your Hy-Gain rotators to this standardized improvement.
73, Steve K7LXC
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