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For adding Elevation capability to an existing Azimuth rotation system, use the G-550 Elevation Rotator. Providing 180° of rotation (horizon to horizon), the G-550 includes a handsome controller with a large, easy-to-read display meter.
Ideal for Satellite CommunicationIf you have an existing azimuth rotator, but want to try satellite or low-impact EME operation, add the G-550 to your existing mast. A metal or fiberglass boom can then be installed through the rotator, for mounting of the antennas to be rotated in elevation.
Model Cables C-1000 GS232A Interface Cable for SDX Series Miscellaneous FAS-1-4R Remote Antenna Selector GA-3000
Tower Shock Absorber Joint (G-2800DXA)
The GA-3000 is a tremendous aid in prolonging the life of your tower and rotator when turning very large arrays. It's heavy-duty rubber bumpers eliminate the metal-to-metal fatigue that, over time, can damage tower installation, and it conveniently mounts between the rotator and the tower's rotor shelf. Mounting hardware is included.
GC-038 Mast Clamp for G-250/450/800/1000/5400B (Required for mounting Rotors to Pipe) GC-048 Mast Clamp for G-2700/2800 (Required for mounting Rotors to Pipe) GL-33 Mast Adjustment Plate GS-050 50 mm Thrust Bearing (Mast Diameter 1 1/4 - 2") GS-065 65 mm Thrust Bearing (Mast Diameter 1 1/2 - 2 1/2") GS-232B Rotor Controller Interface (G-5400B only) GS-680U Universal Rotator Bearing SEP KIT G-5400 Separation Kit for G-5400B (Required to mount Rotors separately) YS-500 VHF/UHF SWR/Wattmeter YS-60 HF PEP-Reading SWR/Wattmeter
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G-550 Operating Manual ( 353.63 KB )
Important: Rotator Specifications style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: 'times new roman'">It is important that the future owner of a rotator know and understand what the specifications for a rotator are all about. The information below applies to all rotators--whether manufactured by Yaesu or not--and is presented in the hope that it will prove informative to you as you make your rotator buying decision. style="font-family: 'times new roman'">
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style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: 'times new roman'">What Causes Rotator Failure? style="font-family: 'times new roman'">
Besides certain avoidable problems (such as upside-down mounting) and “Acts of God” (lightning strikes, etc.), the #1 cause of rotator failure is under-specification. The customer gets a rotator that is too small for his or her application, and its gears get ground to bits in the first wind storm which occurs. style="font-family: 'times new roman'">
style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: 'times new roman'">What Rotator Specification(s) Are Important? style="font-family: 'times new roman'">
One needs to inspect carefully the turning and braking capability of the rotator, which needs to be specified in some meaningful way so that the prospective owner can determine whether or not the rotator is strong enough.
Unfortunately, many rotator manufacturers only specify the strength of a rotator in terms of how many “Square Feet” the rotator can hold. This is an entirely insufficient specification, because it does not account for the distribution of the mass of the antenna(s) along their boom(s). In other words, ten square feet of antenna consisting of a lightweight dish antenna (nestled in close to the mast) presents significantly less stress to a rotator than does the ten square feet of a 6 meter Yagi distributed along a 60-foot boom. A long-boom Yagi, cubical quad, or log-periodic antenna can build up considerable momentum during rotation, and the torque applied to the rotator is not reflected in a simple specification of the surface area of the antenna. In sum, the total physical size of the antenna(s) must be correlated to the capabilities of the rotator, and the rotator chosen accordingly.
style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: 'times new roman'">How Does Yaesu Specify Rotator Turning/Braking Capability? style="font-family: 'times new roman'">
In addition to the “Square Footage” of the antenna, Yaesu specifies a “K-Factor,” where
> K = [Turning Radius] x [Weight of Antenna].
For “Christmas Tree” stacks, compute the K-Factor (in Foot-Pounds) for each antenna, then add the K-Factors together. Then compare both the K-Factor and the Surface Area (in Square Feet) of your antenna(s) to the specifications. If they both are within the ratings, the rotator will be OK.
style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: 'times new roman'">K-Factors for Yaesu Rotators (In Foot-Pounds) style="font-family: 'times new roman'">
G-2800DXA: 6,870> G-1000DXA: 1,663> G-800DXA/SA: 1,299> G-450A: 723> G-5500/550: 578
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