ROTATOR using WIFI without cables

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AH6TX, Jun 12, 2019.

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  1. AH6TX

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    I understand there is either a rotator that you can control through WIFI without having to run a very log cable or a modification to do so. If you have information to this degree please let me know.


    Howard Krawitz
  2. N6PAT

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    You still must run a long cable for the power don't you?
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  3. WA7F

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    Funny, I was thinking the same thing about SteppIR’s new wireless link.
  4. KA8NCR

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    I guess you could run a bias T and send DC through the coax.
  5. WB2WIK

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    Might work with rotators having DC motors; most use AC motors and brake solenoids.
  6. N2EY

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    Why would it matter?

    Why would DC be OK but not power-frequency AC?
  7. WB2WIK

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    The bias-T injectors use RF chokes and RF coupling caps to separate the DC signal (which goes through the chokes and is blocked by the caps) from the RF signal.

    Chokes at 60 Hz would be mighty big. This might be possible if homebrewed, but I’ve never seen such a product on the market.
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  8. N2EY

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    You're mistaken, Steve.

    The point of the chokes is to keep the RF out of the DC or low-frequency AC feed. They need to have high impedance at RF, not 60 Hz.
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  9. WB2WIK

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    Yes, you’re mistake!

    The only issue is that the commercial bias-T products I’ve seen use chokes rated at low current, like 500mA or 1A and they’d have to be beefed up a bit to handle the current of a rotator motor...probably 3A-4A rated RFCs should work okay, depending on the motor current requirement.
  10. KP4SX

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    Cable TV uses power inserters in the distribution line to inject AC power. Typically rated at 15A. The chokes aren't very large at all. Maybe a dozen turns of #14 over a 1mm core. A 4A choke could use wire as small as 20-22 ga.

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