Yaesu's G-1000-series antenna rotator and controller is geared toward tower-mounted ham and professional radio antenna installations. The device includes a rotator to move the antenna to desired positions for better reception and transmission and a controller that's located near the radio head and is used for remote control of the rotator. The controller displays 360-degree radial indication of the antenna-bearing azimuth. The two principal parts are connected through wiring.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Six #20 AWG conductor rotator control cable below 40 yards, or six #18 AWG conductor rotator control cable over 40 yards
- Wire strippers
- Soldering iron and solder
Take apart the supplied round plug by sliding off the boot and removing the set screw. Then unscrew the shell. Slide the boot over the end of the cable at the rotator end.
Strip 5/8-inch of the sheathing from both ends of the cable and then remove 3/16-inch of the individual wire insulation. Solder the wires to the round pin plug pins. You can use any colour, but make a note of which colours attach to which pins. Don't use the seventh pin. Use the Yaesu-supplied documentation to identify the pin numbers on the rectangular plug and on the round plug.
Crimp the supplied pin contacts onto the wires at the controller end. Then insert the pins into the rectangular controller plug following your notes as to colour coding and Yaesu's numbering system.
Connect the rotator control cable to the six-pin jack on the rear of the rotator control. Connect the other end into the rotator. Then plug the AC cable into a power outlet and into the rear of the control panel. There is no adaptor. Press the "Power" button and then the "Left" button to test. The rotator will move left. Then press the "Right" button to test, and the rotator will move right.
Tips and warnings
- Locate the rotator control panel in the shack adjacent to the radio control head. Ergonomically, it should be within easy reach so that radio operation can be accomplished with one hand and antenna rotation with the other.
- Test the rotator control before installing the mast and antenna. It's easier to check for functionality on the ground.
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