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The project has several hardware configurations including 2 or 4 line LCD display, software or hardware clock.

The hardware clock is an add on, mine came from Futurlec and is their DS1307. It costs about AUS$10. The LCD displays should be HD44780 compatible - most are.


The unit has open collector drives for azimuth and elevation control and brake. These may drive other units directly (e.g. the YAESU G-5500 without the expensive data control unit) or via relays, home brew motor drive systems.


The shack unit has internal calculations for the sun and the moon. These are accurate to about 0.1 degree. There is no need to use a computer for control when tracking the moon or sun, but some may choose to using either my "Remote.exe" program or Doug VK3UM's Autotrack. The "Remote.exe" program also allows internet control using a WIZ-110SR serial to IP interface.


The unit tracks satellites very well and for those who have a mechanical system that will invert the antenna the “Remote”

Software supports Flip Mode.


In four line version the readout provides AZ/EL of sun or moon and antenna, declination, doppler, local and UTC time. In two line displays the screen indicates AZ/EL of the antenna and AZ/EL of the object. It can be set to show time and/or doppler on the basis of an interrupted display of the AZ/EL of the object.


NEW: Versions for the 2 line and 4 line display with hardware clock now support a PWM mode and an H-bridge (using I2C) mode to achieve auto adjustment of the speed of the rotator system at the end of a move. The I2C hbridge system is still to be fully tested, I will work with any person using this mode to ensure a good result. Both solutions require some external hardware.  Send me an email if you are interested in BETA testing this one.  


“Version 12.6 Four” fixes hysteresis bug at Nth as does Version 12.1e for the 2 line display. See Readme1st here.


The encoders supported are:


Menu options:

The following are available options stored in memory in this order as menu items:


  1. seconds
  2. minutes
  3. hours
  4. day
  5. month
  6. year
  7. presence of brake and rotator stop (north or south)
  8. Analogue input or serial input from AZ/EL board
  9. delay interval before reversal of motors
  10. spread of az pot - how many pot degrees equate to 0 to 360
  11. spread of el pot - how many pot degrees equate to 0 to 360
  12. AZ offset - some rotators cover more/less than 360 degrees
  13. EL offset - some rotators cover more/less than 180 degrees
  14. AZ hysterisis (stop the motors within this range - allows for overrun)
  15. EL hysterisis (stop the motors within this range - allows for overrun)
  16. AZ highstop (software limit switch for greatest azimuth)
  17. AZ lowstop (software limit switch for least azimuth)
  18. EL highstop (software limit switch for greatest elevation)
  19. EL lowstop (software limit switch for least elevation)
  20. Height above sea level for sun moon calculations
  21. Longitude in decimal degrees W (use - sign if East of Greenwich)
  22. Latitude in decimal degrees (use -sign for South of equator)
  23. Park azimuth
  24. Park elevation
  25. AZ resolution 10, 12, 14 or 16 bit
  26. EL resolution 10, 12, 14, 16 bit or SCA61T inclinometer
  27. SCA61 calibrate
  28. Static Averaging (no of cycles)
  29. Moving Averaging (no of cycles)
  30. Add/Sub AZ offset
  31. Add/Sub EL offset
  32. VGA OFF/ON
  33. Time ON/OFF (when using external computer input or offset for UTC in 4 line system)
  34. CTS/DTR set for TTL or RS232 levels.
  35. Normal,Yaesu, or SEI input
  36. Refraction calculation ON/OFF
  37. Relay mode choice of four methods - Relay ModeA, Relay modeB, H-bridge, PWM. See manual for info.
  38. Max motor speed
  39. Minimum motor speed
  40. H-bridge address for I2C
  41. Doppler band
  42. Run on for AZ
  43. Run on for EL
  44. Check ON

    45.    Declination Tropo or Apparent     

    46.    Park ON/OFF

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