[TowerTalk] Yaesu rotors -Length and Gauge of Control CableRecommended

K0DAN k0dan at comcast.net
Thu Aug 11 11:04:26 PDT 2011

Their manual specs "#20 AWG or larger", which doesn't really tell you much, 
since they don't say if it's a 20' or 2000' run!

If I was putting in a new 200' run of rotor cable, I'd get something with a 
really good exterior (UV/direct burial/etc.) jacket and scale up to #16 or 
#18 wire. Remember, you only need to handle current on the motor windings so 
they're the only ones that need to be fat. Commercial rotor cable usually 
gives you 4 pairs of stranded copper, with one (sometimes two) pair a 
heavier gauge.

Also, you can run two lengths of cable and parallel the wires, adding to 
redundancy and current handling.

GL es 73


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Ryan" <mryan001 at tampabay.rr.com>
To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:55 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Yaesu rotors -Length and Gauge of Control 

> While we are on the subject, I want to place an 800DXA about 175-200ft 
> from
> my station. What GAUGE of wire/rotor cable would be BEST (not minimal OR
> maximum like 10gauge!) to use considering this distance? I don't want to 
> use
> the minimum required, would rather be safe than sorry. -Thanks in advance.
> - MIke
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