The WiNRADiO WR-ARP-ELAZ-100 rotator/positioner system is a versatile and robust system primarily developed
for automated satellite tracking, but it may be useful in many other applications. A complete functional system,
combined with the WR-RCU-100 rotator controller, contains the following items:
WR-RCU-100 Rotator Control Unit
Power supply, USB cable, application software, user's manual
Whatever is fitted onto the rotator is entirely a matter for the user, be it a Yagi, log periodic or a satellite dish antenna,
or, on the other hand, a telescope, heliostat or a security camera. The software provides the user with the ability to manually
or automatically position the rotator in a specified direction, with an accuracy of ±0.5 degree in
each of the vertical and horizontal axes.
WR-RCU-100 Rotator Controller
Screenshot of standard software supplied with rotator
The operation of the supplied control software is very simple. Manual positioning of the rotator is achieved by using the four keyboard arrow
keys, or by spin control mouse clicks. Automatic positioning is effected by entering the desired
bearing or elevation into a numeric edit field.
Development support is available for experienced users who want to write their own software control application.
The API to the Rotator Control Unit is via a set of function calls provided through a DLL file. This support is available
at no cost in the form of a Software Development Kit.
WR-RCU-100-ATC Automatic Tracking Controller Software Option
The WiNRADiO WR-RCU-100-ATC Automatic Tracking Controller software option provides the following additional features:
Fully automated real-time satellite tracking
Fully automated task scheduler
Flexible task definition system
What makes the system exceptionally powerful is the ease with which this software automatically
tracks orbiting satellites in real time. To enable automatic tracking, simply select the satellite(s) of interest from the presented list,
add them to the scheduler, and the scheduler will then position the antenna automatically, to follow the selected
satellites as they pass.
The integrated world map also shows the specified satellites orbiting the Earth in real time, and the times of the satellite overhead passes
are calculated and displayed.
The user can also program tasks for the scheduler by specifying the action to be performed, its duration, start time and date. Fully unattended, automatic satellite tracking can therefore be planned a long time in advance.
Screenshot of WR-RCU-100-ATC Automatic Tracking Option
The intuitive and user-friendly interface will plot the various satellite positions in real time, as well as show their transmission
beam footprints superimposed on a world map.
|Rotator / Positioner
|Type||Dual-axis (azimuth and elevation)|
|Gearing||Metal gears with double worm drive reduction (2 worms/axis)|
|Azimuth Range||0 - 360 degrees ± 20 degrees over-travel|
|Elevation Range||0 - 180 degrees ± 20 degrees over-travel|
|Rotation Speed||5 deg/sec|
|Position Sensor||Sealed reed switch and magnet|
|Self Protection||Built-in limit switches disconnect power|
|Power Requirement||24 V DC @ 4 A (max. 2 A per axis)|
|Rotating Torque||203 Nm (1800 in-lbs)|
|Braking Torque||1016 Nm (9000 in-lbs)|
|Weight||13.5 kg (29.7 lbs)|
|Height||320 mm (12.6")|
|Radius||170 mm (6.7") max.|
|Elevation mast receptacle size||50 mm (2") max. inner diameter|
|Azimuth mast receptacle size||66 mm (2.6") max. inner diameter|
|Cabling Required||4-pair cable (8 wires)|
|Wire Gauge||AWG #18 recommended|
|Rotator Control Unit
|Type||Dual-axis (azimuth and elevation)|
|User Interface||Via PC software application (included)|
|Communication Protocol||WiNRADiO Proprietary|
|Computer Interface||USB 2.0 / USB 1.1 compliant (WiNRADiO USB cable included)|
|Power Supply||24 V @ 4.16 A (included)|
|Built-in Protection||Over-temperature, under-voltage, over-current, motor overload|
|Status Indication||Dual-colour LED (software configurable)|
|Dimensions||Length: 164 mm (6.5") Width: 96 mm (3.8") Height: 41 mm (1.6")|
|Weight||460 g (16 oz)|
|WR-RCU-100-ATC||WR-RCU-100-ATC Automatic Tracking Controller software option|
|Operating System||Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7|
|CPU Speed||Minimum 1 GHz recommended|
|RAM||Minimum 512 MB recommended|
|Hard Disk Capacity||Minimum 20 MB free space|
|Ports||USB port required|
|Internet access||Internet connection required for precise clock synchronization and orbital data update for WiNRADiO WR-ARP-ELAZ-100-ATC Automatic Tracking Controller software option|
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