The ARS-USB (Antenna Rotator System) is the easiest and highest performance Universal Interface for handling your Antenna Rotor. You’ll be able to control your Antenna Rotor from your computer. Connecting the ARS-USB to your PC via a USB Port and later to your Rotator is easy. Within a few minutes, you will be able to point your antennas from your computer automatically.

The ARS is an Universal Rotor Interface, so any rotator – motor with a potentiometer for a voltage feedback – is supported. A user manual is included that clearly details how to interface the ARS-USB to many different rotor models.

The first ARS was announced in 1996 and it included the RCI board – interface hardware with the rotator. 6 years later, the hardware was re-designed and the name of this new interface was: RCI-SE (RCI Second Edition). In all thoses cases, the connection with the computer was via LPT (printer) port. Finally in December 2011, it was announced the 3rd generation of the product: ARS-USB, that included a USB 2.0 port (high speed).

The ARS-USB is detected at the computer as a Serial/COM port, so any program (Satellite Tracking, Logging program, etc.) will be able to control it via this COM Port.  Moreover it emulates a Yaesu GS232A interface; this fact has the advantage that any program that supports a GS232A will support directly the ARS-USB.

There are 2 models available:

  • Azimuth: For one Azimuth rotator (1-axis)
  • Azimuth & Elevation: For controlling 2 rotators, Azimuth and Elevation (2-axis)
Features
Hardware

Microcontroller: The ARS-USB is based on a high performance Flash microcontroller @ 48Mhz.
10 bits ADC: The ARS-USB uses a 10 bits ADC (2^10 bits) so a very high resolution on the appointing can be provided.
USB native: The microcontroller includes a fully featured USB that is compliant with the USB Specification Revision 2.0. z.
Bootloader: It includes a self programmability; it means that it can update itself a new firmware version.
100% Yaesu GS232A compatible: The ARS-USB is compatible with the Yaesu GS232A interface.
Serial Port: The ARS-USB is detected by the computer as a Serial/COM Port. It means that it’s not requieres any special driver, DLL or program for control and send commands to it.
Any O.S. supported: Tested and working in Windows (XP, Vista, Win 7, 8 & 10), Linux and Mac OS X.

Software

Being compatible with Yaesu GS232A interface, the ARS-USB does not require proprietary software because any program that supports the interface GS232A, will work unchanged.

In addition programs are included for easy configuration (ARSConf) firmware update (Teleloader) and management of ARS-USB from a graphical environment for Windows (ARSVCOM).

Also included is a signed Driver for Windows can recognize it; once loaded, Windows associates it to a serial/COM port.

» Windows 10 no longer requires this driver; automatically recognizes the ARS-USB and associate it with a serial port. Other operating systems such as Linux or Mac OS X does not need too this driver.

Remote Control

By means of the ARS-USB, you will be able to control remotely your antenna rotor.

In this case you will use the ARSVCOM – then you will have available its graphic interface – which’re setting type: Remote TCP/IP

In addition, your Log or Satellite Tracking program will continue to operate as it’s connected to the Virtual port – created by the ARSVCOM. The ARSVCOM will handle those commands and will route them into the remote ARS-USB.

3rd part supported programs

Is this program supported?: Yes! Any 3rd part program that supports a Yaesu GS232A is 100% supported.

Any program that works with a Yaesu GS232A interface, will work unchanged with the ARS-USB, since it has the same commands.

Therefore the implementation is as simple as set in the program you want to control the antenna rotator with the COM Port assigned to the USB port and define the type of interface as a Yaesu GS232A. That is all!

Control Box

The ARS-USB can be used as a Stand-Alone unit and does NOT require a computer.
It can be used as a replacement for your original rotator.

You will need to add only a 24V – rotator power supply – and a capacitor – on AC rotators that requires.

The CD-Rom includes a lot of wiring with most popular AC & DC rotors (Yaesu/Kenpro, Telex/Hy-Gain, Prosistel, etc)

Now there is also a new model available: ARS-USB_PST

This model is designed to be used as a stand alone rotor controller for a Prosistel or rotor with a multi-turn potentiomenter.

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  • ARS-USB_PST – Prosistel controller

    This is a special version based on the ARS-USB that was re-designed to be used as a rotor controller (or replacement) by Prosistel rotators (or any rotor that use multi-turn potentiometer).

    It includes the same features as the standard ARS-USB but new extras as:

    • Soft start and stop via a PWM. It allows to have a soft starting/stopping ramp.
    • It detects if the potentiometer is out of range and will prevent any accidental problem with the antenna coax. Any problem with the potentiometer is detected.
    • It will check when the rotation motion is activated, that the rotor feedback position changes.
    • If the motor is jammed by any reason, an alarm will be displayed and the appointment will stop. The user will be noticed.

    All those watch-dog systems (and some more included) will prevent to generate a problem if the potentiometer is damaged by any cause (any wire broken, moisture, a wrong cable connection, etc).

     

    160,00 
  • ARS-USB Rotor controller

    The ARS-USB (Antenna Rotator System) is the easiest and highest performance Universal Interface for handling your Antenna Rotor. You’ll be able to control your Antenna Rotor from your computer. Connecting the ARS-USB to your PC via a USB Port and later to your Rotator is easy. Within a few minutes, you will be able to point your antennas from your computer automatically.

    There are 2 models available:

    • Azimuth (1 motor)
    • Azimuth & Elevation (2 motors)

    So order the model according to your preferences.

     

    140,00 200,00 
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