Yup, I do this also and it is fairly accurate in sat to sat movement but as was noted, at the far ends of travel those numbers per degree will change. On my dishes I have the actuator mounted on the West side so when I go back East the closer I get to the East limit that count is much less, but, it can be somewhat predicted if you step from sat to sat across the arc. Example: On this 10ft Winegard I get 9 counts between 43w and 45w but from 137w to 139w I get 23 counts so there can be a big difference depending on where you are in the arc.
Originally Posted by ke4est
When I installed my Vbox X dish controllers I made a list of all the sats that I was going to use then once I found them I put the number location on that sheet so I'd know how to get back to each one. I referenced the East limit for my "zero" point, ie, counter zeroed on the East limit switch, which gave me a "known" starting point. That way if your count gets corrupted you can just manually run to the East limit, zero the box and then move to each satellite location number and reprogram it in just a few minutes.
FYI the old GI920 had a feature that would do this via it's software and when you went looking for a new sat then it almost knew the exact location it would be. And not only that, but once it went to that satellite it would "auto peak" that signals skew and position.
Last edited by Lone Gunman; 05-09-2013 at 09:48 AM.
10 ft Winegard, DMX-741S LNBF, VonWeise Mover, AZBox Elite/Openbox S9/Micro HD and PowerMax Vbox X.
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