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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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If you would rather start with a stationary antenna setup (no rotator), see our [[Omnidirectional Station How To|omnidirectional guide]].
  
 
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==== [[G-5500|Yaesu G-5500]] ====
 
==== [[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 Wiki page]]
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* G-5500 Arduino interface
 
* 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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==== Portable Rotation AZ/EL ====
 
==== 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.
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* [http://portablerotation.com/shop/azel-portable-rotor-system/ Portable Rotation product link]
 
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==== Alfa Spid X-Y ====
 
==== Alfa Spid X-Y ====
 
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.
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* [http://alfaradio.ca/alfaspid-azel.html Alfa Spid product link]
 
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Revision as of 20:22, 2 February 2019


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.

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

Commercial Rotators

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

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