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Subject: [TowerTalk] Long rotor cable runs w/legacy Orion
From: "Rick Karlquist" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 13:43:53 -0700 (PDT)
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I have an Alfa Spid rotator and an legacy M2/Orion rotator with AC motor.
The Alfa Spid guys say that you can use long runs of skinny
wire to operate the rotator, and make up for the voltage
drop by boosting the voltage at the controller end.
The Alfa uses a DC motor.  Can I do the same thing with the Orion:
start out with more than 24VAC to make up for voltage drop?

I can see why this might not work with a HyGain rotator
because the capacitor is not located at the motor, and the
brake release solenoid is another complication.  However,
the legact Orion has no brake and the cap is in the rotator case.

Rick N6RK


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