BLOG 21 – New Firmware and New Cables

New Firmware version 1.5x is now ready and online.  This firmware adds additional intelligence to the Sensor Calibration function.  A few users have accidently broke the arm off of the Sensor by not setting the physical position of the arm level and then resetting the elevation value to 0 degrees.  Prior to this upgrade the firmware did not read the …

Blog 20 – Another Dayton Hamvention has Come and Gone

Blog 20 – Another Dayton Hamvention has Come and Gone A month after the 2017 Dayton/Xenia Hamvention and we have almost caught up on getting all product and options back on the shelf ready to ship.  It was a good show and always fun to meet and talk to new and old customers.  I spent a total of $4.00 this …

Blog 19 – On Our Way To Hamvention 2017

We will be heading out to Hamvention 2017 on Wednesday and not back till late Sunday – All order processing between now and Monday will be delayed until we are back in the office.  Stop by the booth in building 3 and say ‘Hi’.  See ya there – Will / N7IPY

Blog 18– Hamlib Now Supported

While working to bring a Dual Axis Rotor system online with the SatNOGS network of ground stations I found that of the 3 GS232 hardware configuration supported in the Hamlib rotctl library, not 1 work properly with the current GS232A implementation of the 12PRSART System.  After a few hour of experimentation I found the solution and now have a version …

BLOG 17: Hamvention 2017 is about 30 days away

The Dayton Hamvention 2017 is only 30 days away.  This will be a new experience for vendors and visitors alike.  A new venue; with all new locations and layouts.  This year we will be showing our 3 Rotor Products along with new accessories.  The 12PRSAT has gone through a whole year of software and hardware improvements and has become a …

BLOG 16 – Summer Time Heat is coming

With summer comes higher outside temperatures in most locations.  When operating the 12PRSAT Dual Axis rotor system, the ambient outside temperature can become an operational issue if not managed properly.  The positive features of an enclosure made from aluminum is that it is lightweight, sturdy and is easy to machine in the manufacturing process.  The negative to using an aluminum …

BLOG15 – 12PRSAT Firmware Release – Pitch Adjustment Feature Added

Some Magnetometer/Accelerometer Sensor units have a slight mechanical pitch misalignment that that cause the system to auto align such that the sensor is pitched up or down a few degrees when measured with a level.   Even though they function properly, they look a little odd when calibrated to level but with a slight pitch up or down in relation to …

Blog 14 – Field Upgradable Firmware Now Supported

Blog 14 – Field Upgradable Firmware Now Supported We have been busy the past few months building up inventory and doing some design work for future products and working to improve the 12 Volt Portable Dual Axis Rotor System.  We have isolated and fixed a few minor corner case bugs that have been fixed in Firmware 1.2C.  Then over the …

Blog 13 – Send back your PR12SAT Parts for a Free Upgrade

Now that we have made great improvements to the operating characteristics and added additional features we are recommending all systems with Firmware earlier than 1.2B be returned for a Free firmware and hardware upgrade.  What is needed for the upgrade is the Hand Controller and the Azimuth Motor unit, that’s all.  With this particular Free upgrade we will pay for …

BLOG 12… Think we finally got it: PR12SAT

Over the last few months we have been working non-stop to improve the system reliability and eliminate the random resets and tracking failures.  I was down to the last common failure and spent a full week of trying to trap the failure.  After many hours of debugging it occurred to me that the failure was not a software bug at …