[TowerTalk] Rotor wire question.??

n0tt1 at juno.com n0tt1 at juno.com
Tue Nov 12 18:12:00 EST 2013

OK...but that $200 cost is probably a small fraction
of your total antenna/tower/hardware investment....BUT,
having said that....*if* you are willing to build something,
why not build a simple "repeater" to control the 
rotator motor and brake?   You probably 
have everything you need in your junque box.
You supply AC to the tower via say, 14-2 w/GND UG cable
to a homebrew power supply, which powers the rotator via 
relays that can be controlled by your rotator controller 
in the shack.  You can use just about any wire for the 
long relay control wires, even telco "station wire".  
The direction indicator circuit should bypass
the relays....it's usually a very low current circuit
with very low voltage drop.
Charlie, N0TT
On Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:45:45 -0500 "Dan Cisson" <n4gnr at windstream.net>
> I have just installed a M2 2800 rotor at 150 ft...I have about a 185 
> ft run to the shack....
> I really am having a tough time convincing myself to give almost 
> 1.00 a ft for what M2 recommends...
> The Wireman has the cable for 79 cents a ft...time I go get it., and 
> tax,, close to 1.00 a ft maybe...
> My question to all the brilliant minds out there....There HAS to be 
> something more readily available that will do
> the job that has 4 conductors 16 gauge or better.    I have 
> considered 14/3 with a ground,, may not stand up to 
> the enviroment....I have rotor cable thats smaller gauge,,, But.I 
> surely do not want to double up on smaller gauge
>  wire and run that.....I wonder if when D.O.T. runs cable to traffic 
> lights has 4 or more conductors in a bundle?? 
> Any ideas ?? This would give some good ideas to others....I just 
> hate to spend nearly 200.00 on a rotor cable !!!!! Dan N4GNR
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