I've had three Tailtwisters, a Ham IV, a Ham III, a Ham II and an
original Ham-M here at K8CC, and I've never had a brake stick except on
the Tailtwisters. All three of my Tailtwisters are 1970s vintage, so
the brake sticking was not unexpected.
I've also operated at a lot of other stations, and the only brake
sticking I've experienced was with Tailtwisters, not the smaller
Ham-series. SOme of these people are turning large tribanders and
I know people who've stuck with the Ham-IV rather than upgrading to the
Tailtwister just for the brake sticking problem.
So the field experience that I"m aware of disagrees with the assertion
that "Most, if not all, the Hy-Gain rotators are notorious for the brake
It's good to hear from Steve that the T2X's wedge has been improved.
Maybe I'll upgrade my units...
> In a message dated 10/29/2007 5:02:50 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> email@example.com writes:
>> Most, if not all, the Hy-Gain rotators are notorious for the brake
> sticking. This has been going on for at least 15 years and probably
> more. They refuse to fix it.
> Au contraire. Back in the 90's or so (maybe further back), Hy-Gain
> redesigned the brake so that it was more beveled instead of the squared off
> version. It helped but didn't eliminate the problem. That's also why a
> mod (e.g. DCU-1, Logikey) is to have the rotator go slightly into the
> opposite direction before turning in the desired one.
> Sorry a 40+ year old electro-mechanical design is not up to your
> Steve K7LXC
> TOWER TECH
> Ex-National Sales Manager for Hy-Gain Amateur Products
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