Antennen rotators SPID

SPID rotators are medium to heavy duty antenna rotators in the same general class as the HyGain TailTwister or Yaesu G-1000/2800DXC but with advanced digital features. Mechanical complexity is reduced to a minimum by utilizing a simple double worm gear drive system. Position readout is sensed by a rugged magnetic reed switch, giving a real resolution of 1 degree.

The controller has a full complement of features, including digital readout, software control and integrated computer interface (USB). Because it is able to emulate Hy-Gain, Yaesu and Orion control units, is it compatible to almost any software. Controller features may be easily upgraded in the future with a plug-in PROM.

Rotors need an external power supply of 12 to 24V DC, 12V-supply being very suitable for portable use with somewhat reduced torque and increased revolving time.

Rotating torque of RAS/RAK is around 350Nm (3,200 lb-in), with 24 volts to the motor. This is significantly more than any other rotator in the same price range.

The BIG-RAK and BIG-RAS rotators have an even larger rotation and brake torque and are intended for really large antenna systems.

With the double worm drive and the same magnet sensor as the RAK/RAS models the BIG versions have the same resolution of 1°.

The new smaller RAU rotor is intended for smaller antenna systems for VHF and shortwave.

RAK
RAS
RAU

General Specifications

Bild SPID RAK

Rotator

  • Low voltage - high torque 24VDC (or 12VDC) gear head motor
  • Rotating torque 24/12V version (RAK/RAS): 366/166 Nm
  • Rotating torque 24/12V version (BIG-RAK/BIG-RAS): 583/903 Nm [1]
  • 360 degree revolving time 24/12V version: 60/120 sec.
  • Quiet and powerful self-braking action with double worm drive reduction
  • Uses inexpensive 4-conductor cable
  • Sealed reed switch sensor technology for reliable all weather readout
  • 1 degree positioning accuracy - tight tolerances for minimal play
  • Low voltage DC operation from any 12 volt source (typically 2-5 amps), ideal for camping, DXpeditions, VHF/UHF rovering
  • Rated for large loads even when mounted outside the tower
  • Designed for simple mounting to 50 mm (2") pipe mast - both ends, bottom max. 65mm
  • Mast diameter top (RAK): 30 - 50mm
  • Mast diameter top (BIG-RAK): 45 - 65mm
  • Mast diameter bottom (RAK, RAS, BIG-RAK, BIG-RAS): 45 - 65mm
  • Coax cable can be passed threough center (RAK, BIG-RAK)
  • Adaptors available to mate with other common rotator bolt patterns

Measured without controller because the solenoids in the controller can't take the high currents at these high torque forces.


Controller

Bild SPID Controller
  • Manual, Automatic, Scanning, and Programmable modes
  • Digital readout with 1 degree resolution
  • Large easy to read soft green LED display
  • Computer interface via USB cable, supports Hygain, Yaesu and Orion emulation modes
  • Can be zeroed at any position to allow for installation inaccuracy or antenna mount slippage
  • Generous overtravel (±180°) with electronic limits
  • Programmable limits ideal for side mount applications
  • Small front panel to simplify stacking several units takes up less valuable space
  • Optional mouse control with 6 user programmable presets

Horizontal Rotator RAK/BigRAK/RAU

Bild SPID RAK

RAK/BigRAK: Applicable for easy constructions as for example yagis or heavy short wave antennas. RAU: for smaller antenna system for VHF or shortwave. Mechanical parts consists of worm gear with worm and wormwheel, made from steel (as shown on the picture), guaranteeing long, continuous work and high reliability. The advantage is the possibility of alignment of worm and wormwheel holding down, what makes possible to eliminate side play in driving gear, which can appears after long usage time. The surface is painted with anti-corrosion paint.

Technical data
  RAU RAK BigRAK
Turning Torque [Nm] 130 158 - 366 [1] 566 - >904 [1]
Brake Torque [Nm] 1582 2712
Brake System Double Worm Gear
Vertical Load [kg] 30 250 318
Rotating Speed [sec] 60 120 - 60 [1]
Precision [°] 1 1 1/0.5
Rotating Angle [°] 720 720 720
Weight [kg] 5.7 7 11
Position sensor Reed switch
Max. Tube Diameter bottom [mm] 50 66 66
Max. Tube Diameter top [mm] 50 50 66

[1] Turning Torque and brake torque are depending on operating voltage (12 - 24 V).

Order No.
25080 RAK Rotor with controller 655.00 € Buy now
25081 BIG-RAK Rotor with controller 960.00 € Buy now
25084 RAU Rotor with controller 545.00 € Buy now
25085.RAK Mouse for RAK 29.80 € Buy now
25087 Platform adaptor RAK/RAS/BigRAK/BigRAS 30.00 € Buy now
25087.RAU Platform adaptor RAU 30.00 € Buy now
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Horizontal/Vertical rotator RAS / BigRAS

Bild SPID RAS

The RAS rotator is an extra heavy-duty rotator designed for large satellite antennas and comes complete with an electronic control unit. The rotator is designed to be mounted pipe to pipe or on an optional adaptor plate for conventional in-tower mounting. It can also be mounted outside of the tower on the mast, or used in a side mount configuration. Controller with two independent digital readouts for Az and El.

Technical data
  RAS BigRAS RAEL
Turning Torque [Nm] 158 - 366 [2] 566 - >904 [2]  
Brake Torque [Nm] 1582 2712  
Brake System Double worm gears
Max. load (weight) [kg] 250 318  
Rotating duration [sec] 120 - 60 [2]
Precision [°] 1 1/0.5 1
Rotating angle azimuth [°] 360 -
Rotating angle elevation [°] 180
Weight [kg] 13 20 8
Position sensor Reed switch
Max. lower tube diameter [mm] 66 50
Max. diameter for elevation tube [mm] 50

[2] Turning Torque and brake torque are depending on operating voltage (12 - 24 V).

Az/El RAS controller
Order No.
25082 RAS with controller 1150.00 € Buy now
25083 BIG-RAS with controller 1555.00 € Buy now
25085.RAS Mouse for RAS 19.00 € Buy now
25087 Platform adaptor RAK/RAS/BigRAK/BigRAS 30.00 € Buy now
25086 RAEL Elevation Rotator 635.00 € Buy now
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Controller functions

Controller
Buttons:
  • - CCW
  • - CW
  • - Setup mode
  • - Function mode

Pressing an [F] button, and choose the functions:

  • [ ] - manual mode
  • [H] - half automatic mode (enter an angle, and after 2sec. the rotor automatically turns to the desired angle
  • [A] - automatic mode (PC controlling by Spidlog or other software)

Additional functions with optional mouse:

  • [P] - memory function: 6 presets. You can choose on mouse buttons

Setup mode

Works in manual mode only. Every click on the [S] button gives you the the following options

  • [ ] - choosing rotor gear transmission (1.00-RAU;0.66-RAK) or option (P) when it is possible to insert a transmission from Spidloc software)
  • [PH] - set maximum rotor stop angle (not more then +180 degree)
  • [PL] - set minimal rotor stop angle (not less then -180 degree)
  • [P blink] - set zero degree (only use when clearing the controller)
  • [P] - set memory presets P1 to P6

Rear panel

Bild SPID Congtroller AZ rear
  • Fuse
  • Power lead
  • Power button
  • Output for motor and Impulse.
  • DB9 (male) - Mouse input
  • USB (female) - PC output

Software

The earlier offered software 'SPID.LOG' is not developed any further and will not be offered any longer. The manufacturer refers users to many programs which perfectly support SPID rotors and which are (mostly) available for free on the internet. Some recommended log programs are:

  • N1MM Logger
  • Ham Radio Deluxe
  • Logic7, Version ≥ 7.0.45
  • DXLab (DX View)
  • and many more

Horizontal/Vertikal Rotor BigRAS High Resolution



BigRAS HR

From SPID there is a new modell of the BigRAS. The rotator has an even higher resolution and will be delivered with the new one 19 "control unit. The resolution for this rotator is 0,1°
The rotator has an operating range of a total of 720° (-180° to +540°) 2 Electronic sensors reliably transmit the position of the antenna.
The two motors are supplied with separate voltages. For the azimuth/elevation operating an optional 4-pin cable is required. For the position sensors you need a optional 8-pin cable.

The rotor requires a supply voltage of at least 13.8V, although we recommend using the optional AC adapter PS-01.

Controller MD-01


Controller MD-01

The new controller MD-01 now has a variety of settings that can be configured by the user. By default, the controller comes with COM0, COM1 and USB port (the USB driver is on the manufacturer's site available). Optionally, it can be expanded with a RJ-45 network port. The coupling of multiple control devices is now possible.
The previous screen has been replaced by an LC Display on which all settings are read fast and clearly.
The controller can be completely remote controlled! With the optional network interface card, the controller can be operated without extra computer. The new 19" design of the controller along with the rest of the periphery can placed in a cabinet.

Power supply PS-01


Power supply PS-01

The PS-01 power supply is suitable for the BigRAS HR with the MD-01 control unit. The power supply provides 2 different voltages (15V for the controller / 24V for the rotator). At this power supply due to the generous dimensions of the output power (1000W) may also be more like 1 controller/rotator operated.
The power supply has several protection circuits. Among other factors, a temperature of 50° starts additional fans for optimum cooling. A protection circuit against over-voltage is also integrated. The power supply unit is supplied complete with connectors.

Order No.
25088.HR BigRAS HR antenna rotator inkl. MD-01 Controller 1949.00 € Buy now
25088.PS1 power supply BigRAS HR 665.00 € Buy now
25088.EM Ethernet Modul for BIG-RAS HR 59.00 € Buy now
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Accessoires for SPID-Rotators


Platform adaptor

SPID Rotor Plattformadapter 25087

Used when installing the rotator on a platform or in a tower, suitable for models RAK, RAS, BigRAK, BigRAS. Not suitable for model RAU. Tube outer diameter 60mm, inner diameter 53mm.

Order No.
25087 Platform adaptor RAK/RAS/BigRAK/BigRAS 30.00 € Buy now
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Control Cable

5, 6 or 8 wires control cable for rotators (SPID RAK requires 4 wires, the SPID RAS requires 8 wires).

Order No.
40010.5 Control cable 5 wires, 0.75mm², per Meter 1.10 € Buy now
40010.6 Control cable 6 wires, 0.75mm², per Meter 1.30 € Buy now
40010.8 Control cable 8 wires, 0.75mm², per Meter 1.70 € Buy now
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Order No.
ZG40010.08.1 Rotor-Steuerkabel 8 Länge/ length 21m 32.00 € Buy now
ZG40010.08.5 Rotor-Steuerkabel 8 Länge/ length 8m 12.20 € Buy now
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