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The SatNOGS Client uses [http://hamlib.sourceforge.net/ hamlib] to speak to a rotator. With this, we are able to support almost any commercially available rotator, and have the flexibility to support home built rotators that implement protocols like [https://www.mustbeart.com/software/easycomm.txt EasyComm] or Yaesu GS-232.
 
The SatNOGS Client uses [http://hamlib.sourceforge.net/ hamlib] to speak to a rotator. With this, we are able to support almost any commercially available rotator, and have the flexibility to support home built rotators that implement protocols like [https://www.mustbeart.com/software/easycomm.txt EasyComm] or Yaesu GS-232.
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In this [https://wiki.satnogs.org/Review_of_Commercial_Rotator wiki page] you could read a review about the AZ/EL rotators, which are popular in HAM community.
  
 
If you would rather start with a stationary antenna setup (no rotator), see our [[Omnidirectional Station How To|omnidirectional guide]].
 
If you would rather start with a stationary antenna setup (no rotator), see our [[Omnidirectional Station How To|omnidirectional guide]].
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=== Commercial Rotators ===
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===Commercial Rotators [[Review of Commercial Rotators|(review)]]===
 
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=== Homebuilt Rotators ===
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===Homebuilt Rotators===
 
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==== [[G-5500|Yaesu G-5500]] ====
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====[[G-5500|Yaesu G-5500]]====
 
The G-5500 is a common rotator for amateur radio AZ/EL applications. The SatNOGS client interfaces with this rotator via the hamlib library. While a commercial computer interface is available from Yaesu, the SatNOGS project provides an open hardware design that is much cheaper.  
 
The G-5500 is a common rotator for amateur radio AZ/EL applications. The SatNOGS client interfaces with this rotator via the hamlib library. While a commercial computer interface is available from Yaesu, the SatNOGS project provides an open hardware design that is much cheaper.  
* [[G-5500|G-5500 SatNOGS Wiki page]]
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* G-5500 Arduino interface
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*[[G-5500|G-5500 SatNOGS Wiki page]]
* [https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=104&encProdID=79A89CEC477AA3B819EE02831F3FD5B8 Yaesu G-5500 Product link]
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*G-5500 Arduino interface
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*[https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=104&encProdID=79A89CEC477AA3B819EE02831F3FD5B8 Yaesu G-5500 Product link]
 
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====[[SatNOGS Rotator v2]]====
 
====[[SatNOGS Rotator v2]]====
 
The v2 rotator is not recommended, as v3 provides much greater strength and durability. These docs remain for historical purposes.
 
The v2 rotator is not recommended, as v3 provides much greater strength and durability. These docs remain for historical purposes.
* [[SatNOGS Rotator v2|SatNOGS v2 Wiki page]]
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* [https://gitlab.com/librespacefoundation/satnogs/satnogs-rotator/tree/v2 SatNOGS v3 source code]
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*[[SatNOGS Rotator v2|SatNOGS v2 Wiki page]]
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*[https://gitlab.com/librespacefoundation/satnogs/satnogs-rotator/tree/v2 SatNOGS v2 source code]
 
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|[[File:Portable Rotation.jpg|left|frameless|100x100px]]
 
|[[File:Portable Rotation.jpg|left|frameless|100x100px]]
  
==== Portable Rotation AZ/EL ====
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====Portable Rotation AZ/EL====
 
Docs to be written, but we do have successful stations using this rotator with the SatNOGS client.
 
Docs to be written, but we do have successful stations using this rotator with the SatNOGS client.
  
* [http://portablerotation.com/shop/azel-portable-rotor-system/ Portable Rotation product link]
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*[http://portablerotation.com/shop/azel-portable-rotor-system/ Portable Rotation product link]
 
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====[[SatNOGS Rotator v3]]====
 
====[[SatNOGS Rotator v3]]====
 
The v3 rotator is a complete overhaul on the v2 design. The 2020 slotted extrusion frame and larger gears provide for a stronger rotator with greater wind loading.
 
The v3 rotator is a complete overhaul on the v2 design. The 2020 slotted extrusion frame and larger gears provide for a stronger rotator with greater wind loading.
* [[SatNOGS Rotator v3|SatNOGS v3 Wiki page]]
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* [https://gitlab.com/librespacefoundation/satnogs/satnogs-rotator/tree/v3.0 SatNOGS v3 source code]
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*[[SatNOGS Rotator v3|SatNOGS v3 Wiki page]]
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*[https://gitlab.com/librespacefoundation/satnogs/satnogs-rotator/tree/v3.0 SatNOGS v3 source code]
 
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|[[File:Alfa Spid.jpg|left|frameless|133x133px]]
 
|[[File:Alfa Spid.jpg|left|frameless|133x133px]]
  
==== Alfa Spid X-Y ====
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====Alfa Spid X-Y====
Docs to be written, but we do have successful stations using this rotator with the SatNOGS client.
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*[[SPID Big RAS|Alfa Spid SatNOGS Wiki page]]
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*[http://alfaradio.ca/alfaspid-azel.html Alfa Spid product link]
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==== [[Metal antenna rotator|Metal Antenna Rotator]] ====
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A simple metal antenna rotator by User:Jujun
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|[[File:Dwingleloo.png|left|frameless|100x100px]]
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====Dwingeloo Radio Observatory====
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(okay, you're not likely to keep a deep space observatory on the network, but it has been done!)
  
* [http://alfaradio.ca/alfaspid-azel.html Alfa Spid product link]
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*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGJh139EDfk Video of the observatory in action on SatNOGS (YouTube)]
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*[https://network.satnogs.org/stations/384/ Dwingeloo on SatNOGS network]
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*[[wikipedia:Dwingeloo_Radio_Observatory|About the Dwingeloo Radio Observatory (wikipedia)]]
 
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Latest revision as of 08:40, 6 August 2020


The SatNOGS Client uses hamlib to speak to a rotator. With this, we are able to support almost any commercially available rotator, and have the flexibility to support home built rotators that implement protocols like EasyComm or Yaesu GS-232.

In this wiki page you could read a review about the AZ/EL rotators, which are popular in HAM community.

If you would rather start with a stationary antenna setup (no rotator), see our omnidirectional guide.

Commercial Rotators (review)

Homebuilt Rotators

G5500.jpg

Yaesu G-5500

The G-5500 is a common rotator for amateur radio AZ/EL applications. The SatNOGS client interfaces with this rotator via the hamlib library. While a commercial computer interface is available from Yaesu, the SatNOGS project provides an open hardware design that is much cheaper.

30033213301 ef78e64120 k.jpg

SatNOGS Rotator v2

The v2 rotator is not recommended, as v3 provides much greater strength and durability. These docs remain for historical purposes.

Portable Rotation.jpg

Portable Rotation AZ/EL

Docs to be written, but we do have successful stations using this rotator with the SatNOGS client.

V3.jpg

SatNOGS Rotator v3

The v3 rotator is a complete overhaul on the v2 design. The 2020 slotted extrusion frame and larger gears provide for a stronger rotator with greater wind loading.

Alfa Spid.jpg

Alfa Spid X-Y

Metal Antenna Rotator

A simple metal antenna rotator by User:Jujun

Dwingleloo.png

Dwingeloo Radio Observatory

(okay, you're not likely to keep a deep space observatory on the network, but it has been done!)