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The Las Vegas Boulevard Tracker Interface. Howard Long G6LVB. Introduction. A satellite antenna rotator interface For use with Yaesu/Kenpro G5400/5500/5600 series rotators. Topics of Discussion. Why do we need another rotator tracking interface? The Las Vegas Boulevard Tracker.

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The las vegas boulevard tracker interface

The Las Vegas Boulevard Tracker Interface

Howard Long G6LVB


Introduction

Introduction

  • A satellite antenna rotator interface

  • For use with Yaesu/Kenpro G5400/5500/5600 series rotators


Topics of discussion

Topics of Discussion

  • Why do we need another rotator tracking interface?

  • The Las Vegas Boulevard Tracker


Why do we need another rotator interface

Why do we need another rotator interface?

  • Hardware PC interfaces have changed but rotator interfaces haven’t

  • Kansas City Tracker – ISA slot

  • Many others use COM ports or LPT ports

  • USB is a new standard

  • TCP/IP is now a de facto standard


The isa slot com lpt port problem

The ISA Slot/COM/LPT port problem

  • ISA slots are non-existent in new PCs

  • COM (RS-232) ports are becoming less common in new equipment, laptops in particular

  • LPT ports also less common, and also difficult to program control signals from applications under newer OS’s

  • Lack of interrupts on PCs!


Usb the new standard

USB – The ‘new’ standard

  • USB is now very common

  • Traditionally very difficult to develop USB drivers, so only economically viable for large volumes

  • Each OS has a completely different driver model


Tcp ip over ethernet

TCP/IP over Ethernet

  • Almost universal standard

  • Permits distributed location of equipment


The las vegas boulevard tracker 1

The Las Vegas Boulevard Tracker - 1

  • Physical development mostly over past two months

  • Most of the thought process and initial considerations compiled on vacation


The lvb tracker 2

The LVB Tracker - 2

  • Provides multiple hardware interface options

    • RS-232, USB, TCP/IP over Ethernet

  • Compatible with EasyComm and Yaesu GS-232 software protocols

  • Integrated on board microcontroller programmer

  • Optional LCD display and buttons

  • Cross platform support – Linux, Open BSD, Free BSD, Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Mac OS-8, OS-9 and OS-X

  • Open source microcontroller code


Bugs 1

Bugs - 1


Bugs 2

Bugs - 2


How much

How much?

  • Basic RS-232: £12+PCB

  • USB: £17+PCB

  • TCP/IP Ethernet: £47+PCB

  • Optional LCD: £10

  • Optional Buttons: £4


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