In a message dated 98-06-25 08:38:17 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> I am putting up a tower at the top of my hill, about 600 feet
> from the hamshack. I do not yet have a rotor, but I wondered if
> others who have faced a distance like this have any
> tried-and-true tricks for powering the rotor at this distance.
> There is no electric power near the tower.
> Does anyone have a recommendation on wire type, power conversion,
> etc.? Cost is an object, but I would like to know what has worked
> in the past.
Most rotators use a similar scheme for motor control and indicator. Their
operation is sensitive to voltage drop so the proper sized cable is real
important. Hy-Gain recommends the following:
Max. length Gauge for Terminals 1 & 2 Term. 3-8
If you've got some smaller wire, you can twist multiple conductors
together to give you a 'bigger' wire size.
The well-known technique of mounting the Hy-Gain starting capacitor
close to the rotator is a good one. I think the Japanese rotators use DC
motors and I'm not sure about the Orion.
Cheers, Steve K7LXC
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