Maybe this mode is good for health and fit but definitely does not improve station's results... Plan for this year is to repair the rotator but I was thinking already to replace the current steering device with something more advanced.
At least I would like to see direction of the antenna on some kind of map...
Currently the N1MM shows the arrow and digitally direction but not on any kind of map.
I found a project which looks promising and may be base for really good solution:
The whole project is described here:
My plan would be:
- use the Arduino mainboard and LCD color touch screen
- build computer interface with one of the common standards of antenna rotators protocols (supported by N1MM logging software)
- use relay module to steer the engine. I have seen modules with 4 relays - maybe it could be also possible to use one of relays to switch on/off the 24V converter (it produces loud RF noise and can be powered only when needed). In such case separate power would need to be provided for the main unit.
- the rotator could be powered from 12/24V or via USB.
Now discussing details with Piotr SP8QEP who is Arduino expert .
Update from a few hours later...
- Atmega 2560 with LCD and relays box ordered
- Project documentation created : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1g5aBRnaYJeOZCk-e31REzhE0XWk8IgLyYCJCmrs3Kh8/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000