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Re: [TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotator Refurbish?

To: "johne" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotator Refurbish?
From: "K0DAN" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 13:50:50 -0500
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I have not found a 3rd party source for Yaesu rotor repairs. As I understand
it, the factory service will repair the control box but not the outdoor
rotor unit. (Beware, the factory repairs are not cheap!)

The SDX/SX and DXA/DX units are interchangeable except that you will need to
change the connector types or fabricate an adaptor pigtail if you go from
one vintage to the other.

I have used several models of the Yaesu rotors and I like them, however I
have had several controller failures (lightning? power surge?) which have
been inconvenient and costly (and repaired by Yaesu service). I now keep a
spare controller on hand just-in-case (these can be found on Ebay fairly
frequently.) In a pinch, you can use a 15VDC power supply to turn the rotor
right/left by changing polarity. The pinouts on all models are the same.

As someone stated previously, if you're putting up a used/old rotor, it
would be worthwhile to (carefully!) open it and inspect/lube. Also clean up
the connectors and reinstall with new weatherproofing. I would also replace
the nuts, bolts, and other hardware (including the thru-the-mast-pin) with
factory originals or new stainless hardware. Ditto inspect/replace rotor
cable as necessary.

Hope this is of some help!

GL es 73


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "johne" <>
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Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 1:33 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotator Refurbish?

Any known Yaesu rotor repair locations?
Other then the factory ?  And what rotors they will repair ?
Any one have experience of a Yaesu rotor repair  ?

Thanks de John KØCQW

On Sun, Apr 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM,  <> wrote:
> In a message dated 4/10/2011 7:02:36 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>> I recently purchased a 80 ft freestanding tower with a Yaesu G-2800SDX
> Rotator which is still atop the tower and fully functional for the last 10
> years.
> My question is what should I expect in terms of preparation and
> refurbishment of this particular Yaesu Rotator prior to re-erecting the
> tower.
> Any thoughts, comments, or personal experiences to share?
> On the plus side, the Yaesu rotators seem to be pretty reliable and
> don't have any historical problems (see Hy-Gain/CDE potential failures;
> brake, pot, starting cap, etc.) that plague other rotators.
> On the minus side, there aren't any places to send them except the
> factory and I don't know what their refurb policy is.
> I would NEVER install a used rotator unless it has been gone thru to
> at least be re-greased and checked out. It's the weakest link in the
> antenna/tower system so you want to make sure you've got a good one up
> there.
> Cheers,
> Steve K7LXC
> Professional tower services for hams
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