Hi, Bob I had a setup back when we had AO-40 to play with that used one for the elevation, and an old AR-33 for azimuth, similar to what W0LMD has on his website. http://www.ultimatecharger.com/dish.html It worked great, and had plenty of muscle to move my 1M dish around. The only elevation "feedback" I had was looking at the dish and peaking the signal, but I experimented a bit with using a pulse counter connected to the reed switch/Hall Effect device that was in the actuator. I suspect you're right about adding that much load to your existing setup. IIRC, the 5400 didn't have as much torque on the azimuth motor as the 5500 does. 73, Jim KQ6EA
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Hello Has anyone tried an actuator for an elevation? I have checked out- http://www.qsl.net/sv1bsx/actuator/actuator.html I want to add a four foot primestar to what I already have (2M 70M and a 36x30 primestar dish. With all this hardware I will be over working my g5400. I would probably have to replace the split fiberglass boom with a longer metal one. Then we get into the old metal vs insulated boom.I have some old 'C' band receivers that have actuator controls in them.
-- 73 Bob W7LRD AMSAT member 28498 Seattle _______________________________________________ Sent via [email protected] Opinions expressed are those of the author. Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program! Subscription settings: http://amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb