Category: Designs

Rotator Controller Interface for YAESU G-800DXA, G-1000DXA, G-2800DXA, G-5500

Updated: 2018-08-31. The USB-232B interface allows connection of the YAESU rotator controllers to a PC via the USB port. The interface supports various types of YAESU rotator controllers: G-800DXA, G-1000DXA, G-2800DXA and G-5500. The interface works with many HAM logging programs, for example N1MM, DXLab, HRDRotator, HRDSatTrack, also allowing satellite tracking, using the improved RC5-3 […]

Wireless and automatic antenna switching

Automatic antenna switching – good. Wireless antenna switching – even better. But automatic and wireless antenna switching is just that! As I did for the FT-991, it shows the circuit diagram below. The controller is connected to the TUN/LIN socket and is supplied from it (warning! ABCD signals encoding the band are available on the […]

Power over coaxial cable

If a DC power supply is needed near the antennas, the use of a coaxial cable for this purpose avoids pulling the additional cable to the roof or mast. The diagram below shows the DC power inserter – Power over Coaxial (PoC) solution tested by SP5GNI. Coupling capacitors should allow the transfer of relatively high […]

Wireless antenna switching

Automatic antenna switching is a convenience and safer operation of the equipment, but it does not solve all the nuisances. If the antenna switch is located in the radio room, then a separate fider should be derived from each antenna, which does not have a very favorable effect on costs and aesthetics (not to mention […]

Automatic antenna switching in Yaesu transceivers

Automatic antenna switching is not only convenience, but also safer operation of the equipment. Yeasu transceivers are equipped with a socket on which BCD signals represent the currently selected band. The truth table for the TUN/LIN connector in FT-991 is below: D (pin 7) C (pin 6) B (pin 5) A (pin 4) Dec value […]

More about the rotating antenna by SP5GNI

The article “GNI-r3 rotor antenna rotor controller” describes my simplest structure. The user’s manual is available here. I also mention the extended version – the manual is also available. In fact, I have checked other concepts of rotor control. My first idea was to control the rotor completely wirelessly. Impossible? And yet. After all, the […]

GNI-r3 antenna rotor controller

In issue 3/2018 of the Świat Radio monthly, I published an article about my controller design for popular RAU and RAK antenna rotors. Below is a short version of this publication along with a slightly modified scheme. The GNI-r3 controller supports one rotator. Antenna rotation is possible in the range of 0-360 degrees with reserve […]

Full Colour Morse manipulators from 3D printer

Many colleagues would like to start or play with telegraph again, and a key problem arises. What to do? You can buy an expensive “Bencher” or other company, but I decided to do it on a 3D printer. Something like the pictures came out, of course they all work. A set of such a key […]