[TowerTalk] Rotor control design
patrick_g at windstream.net
Sun Jan 18 15:11:57 EST 2015
The intro to K3NG's Arduino based approach for controllers...
This is an Arduino-based rotator interface that interfaces a computer to
a rotator or rotator controller, emulating the Yaesu GS-232A/B and
Easycom protocols which are supported by a myriad of logging, contest,
and control programs. It can be easily interfaced with commercial
rotator control units. With the addition of a proper capacity power
supply and several interface components such as relays, this unit could
also serve as a total replacement for a rotator control unit or serve as
the basis for a 100% homebrew rotation system. Several azimuth and
elevation position sensors including potentiometers, rotary encoders,
and I2C devices are supported. The code is very flexible, modular, and
easy to read allowing intermediate and advanced experimenters and
builders to customize it.
As a recent adopter of Arduino micro-controller projects I am not in a
position to contribute much as I am not too far beyond the "Hello World"
equivalent stage and am having to wake up the grey matter where my
sparse C programming experience is hibernating.
There is fairly extensive coverage of many related sketches (Arduino
jargon) in the public domain which you could "data mine" and give
yourself a quick start.
On 1/18/2015 12:07 PM, Lizeth Norman wrote:
> Check out k3ng's arduino based controller. Has a NMEA interface with
> sun/moon tracking. It works fairly well.
> On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 11:47 AM, john nistico
> <electric911inc at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> I am starting to work on a rotor control box and software that will work based on a stations gps coordinates as opposed to compass direction. Looking for feed back before I waste the time.
>> John J. Nistico
>> 911 Electric Inc.
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