Positioner box to move actulator

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Iam looking for a positioner to move my actulator.
i currently have a vbox 2 moving my 8ft cband mesh dish. i have a 4ft solid dish coming ku band and needing a box for it. i didnt want to take a chance on getting another vbox2, was affraid i may have interference have 2 of them.
 
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VBoxes will play well together. Shouldn't be an issue having two side by side.
VBox-X craziness
Other than they run west to east instead of the other way VBox IIs are just like the others. Same remotes also.
 
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VBoxes will play well together. Shouldn't be an issue having two side by side.
VBox-X craziness
Other than they run west to east instead of the other way VBox IIs are just like the others. Same remotes also.

I'm not familiar with the V Boxes. Would it confuse it if you reversed the motor wires to make it run the other direction? Just curious.
 
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I'm not familiar with the V Boxes. Would it confuse it if you reversed the motor wires to make it run the other direction?
I should be more specific. The position counts increase from West to East in a VBox II, just like an ASC1. The other VBoxes the counts increase from East to West. The direction of motor travel has no bearing on this. You would normally connect the motor so it moves the same direction as the buttons indicate.
 
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I should be more specific. The position counts increase from West to East in a VBox II, just like an ASC1. The other VBoxes the counts increase from East to West. The direction of motor travel has no bearing on this. You would normally connect the motor so it moves the same direction as the buttons indicate.

OK, that makes perfect sense. I was in a situation once where we installed a 16 foot dish for a friend, and in order to offset the problem of too much load on one actuator arm, we installed one on each side of the polar mount. We jumped the motor wires over, reversing them on one arm so one pulled while the other pushed. I was surprised how well it worked. Of course, only one arm had the reed switch hooked up, and surprisingly it didn't over tax the transformer in the motor drive box.

There was a lot of potential for errors, such as one arm running slightly faster than the other, but luckily, it didn't seem to cause issues with this particular installation. I don't know how the modern dish movers would react in a situation such as this. :)
 
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