mandag den 26. december 2016

144 MHz EME - Making 2 rotators play together

My EME-project is progressing nicely. One of the tasks is to make the azimuth and elevation rotors "play together" - that is tracking the Moon. My main software for JT65B EME will be WSJT by Joe Taylor, K1JT. WSJT takes care of the communication protocol, but it cannot control the rotators directly. You need different software for this.

PSTRotator is clever software made by YO3DMU. Its main purpose is controlling antenna rotators, but a Moon tracking facility is also available.

PSTRotator controls the antenna's azimuth and elevation.

Nr. 1. This window displays Moon data. 
Nr. 2. This is the PSTRotator main window.
Nr. 3 is an USB-to-RS232 converter.
Nr. 4 is the rotator controller ERC-3D. PSTRotator sends commands to this box.
Nr. 5a and 5b are manual control boxes. They supply power to the rotators.
Nr. 6a is the azimuth rotator (Yaesu G-600).
Nr. 6b is the elevation rotator (Kenpro KR-550).

PSTRotator is shareware - you can try it for free, but you must pay 20 EUR if used permanently.

Regards from OZ1BXM Lars Petersen
Homepage: oz1bxm.dk