[aprssig] Portable satellite tracker - was APRN status?
Armour, Randy (ITS)
Randy.Armour at nashville.gov
Sun Mar 28 09:57:14 CDT 2010
>> I think a lot of folks would be interested in a small az-el setup
>> could be driven by the computer, mounted on a tripod that would steer
>> Arrow antenna while chasing LEO's (or balloons) from the field...
See project at www.lostfrogs.com
Randy - KI4LMR
From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On
Behalf Of Jeff Davis
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010 2:06 PM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRN status?
On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:34:39AM -0700, Scott Miller wrote:
> I just need the az/el system and antennas! If anyone has a used
> G-5500 or something similar they want to sell, let me know. I'll
> come get it anywhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
It seems to me that this is a real market oppotunity for some
enterprising small businessman... (hint-hint).
The Yaesu (and others) rotors were designed for AZ-EL work with
mode-B satellite arrays and EME work. In other words, it is built
to turn a small VW bus in a stiff windstorm. And you pay for the beef.
Since there is no more future for sats except at LEO, we really could
use a much lower priced AZ-EL rotor built for much smaller loads, more
the size of an Arrow antenna as opposed to four stacked arrays, etc.
I think a lot of folks would be interested in a small az-el setup that
could be driven by the computer, mounted on a tripod that would steer an
Arrow antenna while chasing LEO's (or balloons) from the field...
I know I certainly would.
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