update : 07. April 2011
Controller Interface for SteppIR Antenna Controller
Controller Interface for Serial Rotary Controller connection and VBI-360 Beam
YO3DMU's PstRotator now supports VBI-Display
VBIM- Serial - I2C
New state of the art HW which replaces the old VBI-360.
This is a Joint Venture
Ham project by Tom, W3FRG and Robert, DK7NT
to the article "Beamrichtungsanzeige instand gesetzt und erweitert
" in the German HAM Radio Periodical "Funkamateur" 12/2010 by W3FRG)
This small Controller PCB connects the SteppIR Antenna
a VBI-360 Beam
Indicator and manages the LED illumination depending on the
SteppIR controller direction mode.
The EPROM of
the VBI-360 board must be exchanged by a new version. Via a
PLUS-Multidirectional controller is connected to the DATA
Out port of the SteppIR Controller. The other end of the VBI
PLUS-Multidirectional board must be connected to certain
pins at the VBI-360 board by a
RJ12 modular connector cable . An
additional power supply is not necessary. The baud rate between the SteppIR controller and micro board will automatically be selected.
Instruments Microcontroller MSP430F1232 is doing the job.
PLUS-Multidirectional captures the status of the SteppIR
Controller and sets up the LEDs on the VBI-360 display the following
Forward direction : Forward LEDs permanent
direction : Reverse position LEDs blinking
reverse LEDs blinking alternatelly
Long Path LED is
optional in all 3 modes.
VBIMS VBI-360 serial connection
new option (VBIMS) allows the connection of the VBI-360 Beam Indicator
to almost any rotary unit. Independent on if the rotor feedback is
analog or digital.
Read more at TOM's W3FRG web site.
(GH-RT21,IdiomPress,YEASU GS232, AlfaSpid*, M2Orion RC2800*,Prositel*, ...)* in prepration
VBIMS-360 can now be connected to YO3DMU's PstRotator (www.qsl.net/yo3dmu) via a third serial port . Supports all protocols PstRotator supports!!
VBIM- Serial - I2C
A new state of the art HW replaces the older TTL hardware.
to the fact , that the old VBI-360 board is not manufactured anymore ,
a new design with the same funcionality was need. The new design is
based on a micro controller and is an improved version of the VBIMS
board decribed above. The LEDs are controlled via a serial I2C bus.
Now there are the following options :
For the OLD VBI-360 HW:
For the new VBI-360 I2C HW:
final LED board
VBI-Micro Top VBI-Micro Bottom New color
MAP SteppIR controller
Click here to get a short video clip (8MB )
W3FRG, offers all around the VBI-360
current map to a much better map
- + -90°
updates (for a second antenna on a single tower)
- VBI-Serial connection even for non analog rotary units
(GH-RT21,IdiomPress,YEASU GS232, AlfaSpid, M2Orion RC2800,
- Connectable to PstRotator
web site and contact him if you are interested . W3FRG
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