W2RES Arduino Antenna Rotator Project
Below is the Arduino project I have been discussing.
It interfaces between my computer and my Yaesu G-1000DXA Antenna
Arduino projects are
developed by creating a "shield" that sits on top of the Arduino
device. The shield acts as an interface between the Arduino and the
application you intend to use it for.
This picture is the
raw board for my shield:
In "debugging" my
design I had to make a number of modifications to the board. Below is
the final board installed.
All the wire jumpers are modifications
The picture below
shows the shield mounted to the Arduino
Below is the startup
The button on the left is a reset button, the switch on the right is
for manual rotation of the antenna.
Below is the normal
mode with the antenna not rotating
Below is in rotation
mode. You can see the current azimuth of the antenna and the demanded
The Windows interface below allows preset directions, adjustment of
speed and if you click in the blue band, the antenna will go to that
When the antenna is rotating, a red arrow appears at the desired
This was a fun project and I learned a lot about the Arduino, both it's
strengths and idiosyncrasies.
I have not yet decided what my next project will be.
I am thinking of using a Raspberry Pi for remote operation of my
That is still in the conceptual stage.