[TowerTalk] remote antenna switch

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Sun Mar 12 20:26:27 EST 2006

At 05:03 PM 3/12/2006, N0OEL at aol.com wrote:
>I think that he best bang for the buck for an antenna switch is the RCS-8V
>Ameritron 5 position switch which uses a control box on 110 and sends a low
>voltage current up a remote line to the switch point on your  tower.    It is
>cheap (about $139) and works  well.    I use two of them and have 
>for  years!
>  I use regular light weight rotor control  cable.   The switch grounds the
>antennas not in use when you select a  particular switch.

You can remove a jumper in the relay box if you don't want 
grounding.  There are cases where you'd rather have it open circuited.

>The wireless Ameritron is just more lossey and I dont recommend it unless
>you can't run a cable.

If you're talking about the 4 way switch, it uses the scheme of positive 
half cycles of AC to actuate one relay and negative half cycles for the 
other relay(s), so it definitely won't work with 12VDC supply.

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