[WriteLog] Rotor Control Suggestion
ke1fo at arrl.net
Fri Jun 6 17:46:03 EDT 2008
If WriteLog is to support SO2R operations well, I think this upgrade needs
to happen. I have a very small station, but by the upcoming contest season,
I'll have two rotateable yagis. Small, low - yes - but the 2nd antenna may
swing quite a bit picking off mults on an alternate band. My main running
antenna will stay put generally NE, then N, but as I said, the 2nd antenna
moves a lot.
73 de Al, KE1FO
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On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 12:57 PM, Bryan Swadener <bswadener at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 08:03:23 EDT
> > From: Ed
> > Subject: Re: [WriteLog] Rotor Control Suggestion
> > Me believes auto rotor controls are a waste of time for
> > contesting and a lot
> > of wear and tear on a rotor.
> > Ain't telling you what to do BUT from Michigan for dx
> > contests I point my
> > beam to 45° (Europe) in the morning and by noon at 90 a
> > little later to 180
> > (south America) then to JA's later in the day.
> > The thing is if you can hear them call, you should be able
> > to work them no
> > matter where the Ant is pointed. and no, I don't have
> > stacked 6's
> > Yeh! but I need that rare one for a multiplier, Well
> > he'll be around later
> > in the contest,and then you will be able to one call him
> > instead of knocking
> > heads with the hotdogs running two rigs.and another op just
> > for multiplier's.
> > ED
> I'm with Ed on this -- 99.9% of us likely don't have arrays with a
> beamwidth so narrow that we need high precision in aiming our antennas. A
> typical 3 element yagi has something like a 60° (@ -3dB) beamwidth... aiming
> ain't critical.
> On the other hand, instead of having to program beam headings into a
> database for every prefix, an AGC-driven system (with hysteresis) might be
> kinda interesting.
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