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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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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
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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