[TowerTalk] Keeping antennas straight

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 20 11:25:25 EDT 2014

On 4/19/14, 6:04 PM, Steve Maki wrote:
> On 4/19/2014 8:21 PM, Jim Lux wrote:
>> In the long run, something like a camera pointed up at the antenna and
>> some software to recognize the instantaneous position of the antenna
>> which then controls the rotator might be the way to go.  Then you don't
>> care if it slips,and in fact, you can put what is effectively a slip
>> clutch on it to limit the torque.
> Or a camera mounted on the boom pointed DOWN at a compass rose. Camera
> lenses pointed up seem to collect crap for some reason...

I was kind of thinking a camera back in the shack pointed up at an angle.

Once you've got the "image capture" to "position" math figured out, the 
orientation of the camera isn't a big deal.

Non-trivial software challenge, but someday, someone will write it.

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