[CQ-Contest] Rotors and preset controller

Charles Harpole hs0zcw at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 11:49:01 EDT 2014

I have use the HyGain DCU-1 rotor controller for twelve years of
contesting.  The presets are the things making it a gem.

There are six buttons and each can be programmed for a specific heading.
Thus, when I want EU, I hit the "EU" button and don't think about my beam
heading again......  until I want "NA" or whatever.

I am surprised that there appears not to be another rotor controller with
this obvious nice feature.  The Green Heron, for example, is a finely
crafted unit, but to use it, one has to think of 1. where do I want to
point, 2. what is that heading in degrees, and then 3. turn the knob to
that heading.

That is more thinking than one needs to do in a contest.  I guess some
brave folks run their rotors from a computer command somehow, or even from
the radio directly (Yaesu).  I have too many rotor failures/ant problems to
trust that level of automation, but I can understand this one DCU-1 unit,
standing alone and doing only one thing...  simple, simple, simple.

Charly, HS0ZCW

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