WR-ARP-ELAZ-100 Antenna Rotator/Positioner with WR-RCU-100 Controller

ARP-100-ELAZ Antenna Rotator/Positioner
WR-ARP-ELAZ-100 Antenna Rotator/Positioner

Features

  Heavy-duty rotator construction with high-quality steel gears
  Elevation and azimuth control to ±0.5 degree accuracy
  Double worm drive per axis
  Weather-proof for outdoor application
  Mechanical overdrive protection
  Electrical and temperature limits protection
  Versatile control unit with USB interface
  Software controlled positioning and braking
  Automatic calibration
  Control software provided with control unit
  Easy installation and calibration
  Automated satellite tracking software option
  Programmers' API SDK is available
  A compatible tripod is available

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-ARP-ELAZ-100 Rotator/Positioner
 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
WR-RCU-100 Rotator Controller
WR-RCU-100 Software Screen Shot
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.

WR-RCU-100-ATC Automatic Tracking Option
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.

Technical Specifications
Rotator / Positioner
Model WR-ARP-ELAZ-100
Type Dual-axis (azimuth and elevation)
Gearing Metal gears with double worm drive reduction (2 worms/axis)
Mount Mast top
Braking Self-braking
Casing Steel
Azimuth Range 0 - 360 degrees 20 degrees over-travel
Elevation Range 0 - 180 degrees 20 degrees over-travel
Rotation Speed 5 deg/sec
Resolution 1.0 degree
Accuracy ±0.5 degree
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
Model WR-RCU-100
Type Dual-axis (azimuth and elevation)
Resolution 1.0 degree
Accuracy ±0.5 degree
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)

Options
WR-RCU-100-ATC WR-RCU-100-ATC Automatic Tracking Controller software option

System requirements
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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