Light Duty Satellite Antenna Rotator


Max Becker
 

Having fun with the SARCTRAC Mk3 satellite antenna rotator.  Cheap and portable..

https://youtu.be/DmyvzZV4OXs


KC9REN
 

On Wed, Nov 23, 2022 at 03:02 PM, Max Becker wrote:
Having fun with the SARCTRAC Mk3 satellite antenna rotator.  Cheap and portable..

https://youtu.be/DmyvzZV4OXs
Thanks. I've been thinking of getting an inexpensive antenna rotator for satellites. Sadly due to Covid they are out of stock presently but if you keep checking back, they are still making them. https://www.sarcnet.org/products.html
Dean - KC9REN


Max Becker
 

They told me they have 200 parts kits, but apparently are waiting on a key component. 


Adam
 

I'm currently designing an electronically scanned phased array SAT antenna.
Totally quiet & stationary; no XY motors needed. Small, lightweight.

Adam


Max Becker
 

Adam, please share when you're completed!  73
Nov 24   
I'm currently designing an electronically scanned phased array SAT antenna.
Totally quiet & stationary; no XY motors needed. Small, lightweight.

Adam


Brad Ko6kL
 


yes, we would like to read about your progress... and perhaps donate any listed items needed.
Ko6kL




Brad Ko6kL
 


Max Becker
 

Does seem to have potential.  I imagine there's some kind of tracking/controlling option. I'd be interested.

Max

                               Brad Ko6kL
Nov 29   
 
Does anyone use a solar tracker mount to aim a sat antenna , its in the under $200 class... seems like it might be useable.
a rain coat coer and a few switches to control and good to go.
 


Steve [AA8AF]
 

I looked at this too and believe they are selling basically the mechanical parts:  mount, servos and limit switches.  

What is missing is the controller to drive the servos to track the satellite in response to inputs from your tracking software, reorient the mount to continue tracking beyond the limits, as well as to initially orient the mount (north-south, level, etc.). 

However, looks like he sells a solar tracking controller:

Steve
AA8AF

On Dec 1, 2022, at 12:04 PM, Max Becker <maxheadspace@...> wrote:

Does seem to have potential.  I imagine there's some kind of tracking/controlling option. I'd be interested.