[TowerTalk] HyGain Rotor Mod

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mymts.net
Mon May 28 14:46:51 EDT 2018

One of the neat things at VE6JY are cheap cameras that are either pointed at markings on masts or straight up at some antennas.

Instant notification of misalignment or a cheap alternative to a position indicator, either way, an option to consider. 

73, kelly, ve4xt 

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> On May 28, 2018, at 12:27, Patrick Greenlee <patrick_g at windstream.net> wrote:
> Once upon a time a long time ago when Winchester drives were super high tech (circa 1972) you could buy COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) components that could detect the passage of gear teeth and put out a pulse for each tooth passing the detector.  IIRC they were three terminal devices (Hall effect I think) with a wire for supply, one for ground and one for the logic level output, i.e. digital ones and zeroes. There were schemes for detecting direction of gear rotation too so angular position could be known to the resolution of one gear tooth divided by number of teeth multiplied by 360 degrees.
> LED light sources and photo detectors counting interruptions of the beam as the gear rotates were also used to maintain knowledge of angular position and direction of rotation.  I think I could add either of these above technologies without the disassembly required to remove a gear and affix a magnet.
> I would assume similar (or better) tech is available these days.
> Patrick        NJ5G
>> On 5/28/2018 12:10 PM, Dennis W0JX via TowerTalk wrote:
>> Kathy:
>> There is truth in the fact that there is a modification for counting the gear turns. However, there is no kit at this time. The HyGain folks at Xenia explained that the gear train needs to be disasembled and one of the gears is replaced by one that has a magnet on it. Then a sensor is mounted that counts the turns or senses the potion of the gear.
>> I was told that I would need to contact a technician at the HyGain factory and that they would explain what parts are needed to do the modificatoin.
>> 73 Dennis W0JX
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>>  the Ham-m rotators (Kathy Bookmiller)
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>>  Date: Mon, 28 May 2018 01:32:58 +0000
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>>  From: Kathy Bookmiller <wb2aio at yahoo.com>
>>  To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
>>  Subject: [TowerTalk] eliminating the
>>  360 pot in the Ham-m rotators
>>  Message-ID: <1878645705.5984595.1527471178921 at mail.yahoo.com>
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>>      I thought I saw something a few months
>>  back about a mod to the venerable Ham-m. In it the pot would
>>  be replaced by some type of counter device triggered by a
>>  change to one of the gears. I've looked on their site and
>>  don't see any mention of it.
>>  At the time I saw this it was said a
>>  retrofit kit may become available.
>>  Was I dreaming or is this have some
>>  truth to it
>>  Kathy
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