a month ago •
The new functional schematic is here!
a month ago •
I have had plenty of time to think about my antenna tracker and no time to work on it. This has allowed me to re-invent the smart antenna tracker for the better. I plan to use a brushless design much like the go-pro gimbals used for FPV. I will create a "Parasite" controller board that will attach to a gimbal controller and input corrections for azimuth and elevation. An early design of the mechanical structure can be seen below.
The black cylinders are brushless motors and the white squares are patch antennas. The electronics will be mounted in the gap between the two vertical masts. I'm not sure where the battery will go. That depends on how much power the motors will consume. Hopefully, I can send power through the slip ring and leave the batteries below the azimuth motor.
What isn't shown is a balancing mechanism. Brushless gimbals heavily depend on well balanced systems. So a counter weight is necessary.
Solidworks files are uploaded to github.
Please feel free to critique me on my solidworks abilities. I'm an nx guy so if you have links to solidworks tips, it would be appreciated.
8 months ago •
It's almost the August 20th deadline! Here is an introduction to the Smart Antenna Tracker:
The mechanical portions of the build are going great! I have dusted off my woodworking skills and started building an attractive yet light weight base for the antenna tracker. Anticipate pictures within a week!
Also, I am seriously considering some ServoCity gearboxes that will make the build sturdier and will save some space on the PCB.
Fun Fact: The Smart Antenna Tracker is going to look like it fell out of a Portal video game. A happy accident!