Antenna tracker prototype up and running

I got the telemetry and videolink azimut / elevation antenna tracker prototype up and running the other day. Here is a video of it (without antennas) when it receives ASCII commands from the test software running on my lab PC.


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Preliminary specs:
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720 degree azimut rotation range
>110 degree elevation rotation range
Relatively high torque
Ball bearings on shafts
Tracking controller programmable in C (Arduino based)
Commands to tracking controller can be sent via serial link from the ground control computer
ASCII based command protocol.

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Comment by Jordi Muñoz on August 11, 2009 at 1:51pm
NIce! i have something like that already done, i will publish it soon. But i'm using ardustation.

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Comment by Jordi Muñoz on August 11, 2009 at 1:52pm
ServoCity right? But my Tilt and pan is the medium size.
Comment by UFO-MAN on August 11, 2009 at 2:23pm
Hi Jordi. The mechanics is servo city. The code is my own. I am building something modular that can accept commands from several sources.
Comment by TSnoke on August 11, 2009 at 3:03pm
Do you have some logic to allow the antenna cable not to get twisted if rotated in the same direction all the time? Or a controller that is smartly tracks the turns in the cable?
Just my 2 cents
Comment by george on August 12, 2009 at 12:02am
Jordi, care to elaborate on yoru project?
Comment by UFO-MAN on August 12, 2009 at 12:19am
The cables are run inside the axle so the control cables are non problematic. The coax cables are looped. The controller will have logic that prevents cable jamming.

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