RK RADIO Electronics
Richard Kitchen - Owner
KD4NMI

1204 Hodge Road
Knightdale, NC 27545

919-210-6601
919-266-6045

Rotator and Controller Repair

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING REPAIR OF
HYGAIN , HAM SERIES , AND CDE ROTATOR AND CONTROLLERS ONLY

Below is a breakdown of what I do to all rotators and controllers. I am sure that there are a few steps that I have not listed, but be assured I have checked every part to make them operational to specs. Thanks again for all the support from the communication fields in letting me serve there needs.

THE ROTATOR

1. A complete disassembly of the rotator is done.
2. All disassembled parts are cleaned.
3. All bearings and bearing retaining rings are seperated and inspected for rust and wear.
4. Then a check out of all housings and mountable parts.
5. A complete disassembly of all gears including internal motor drive.
6. All gears and spacers are inspected for wear.
7. Then the bearing raceways are inspected and polished to remove any imperfections.
8. All parts are reassembled.
9. Gears are checked for backlash and smooth spinning in both directions.
10. Belcore ferrite RF beads are added (if needed) to the potentiometer.
11. Lithium grease is then added to the gears and checked again for smooth rotation in both directions.
12. External control wires are added and unit is powered up to check motor and potentiometer voltages.
13. New parts are added as needed to all of the above during assembly.
14. The upper and lower outer hulls are cleaned and either sanded or dipped to remove imperfections.
15. A double coat of Epoxy black paint is applied (24hrs. curing time)
16. The bearings are then lubricated with lithium grease and upper and lower hulls are reassembled.
17. Rotator is then powered up and checked for smooth 360 deg. operation.
18. Unit is then centered to either NORTH or SOUTH direction (customer specs.).
19. Wiring caution label is then added to bottom of rotator above the terminal block.
20. Rotator is then placed in a 4 mil. bag for shipping or pick up.

*NOTE: DO NOT STORE ROTATOR IN SHIPPING BAG FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME DUE TO CONDENSATION.

THE CONTROLLER

1. Unit is powered up and all voltages are checked.
2. Unit is then disassembled (top and bottom cover).
3. Unit is cleaned and metering lamp and any other parts added if needed.
4. If a BRAKE DELAY is ordered, It is installed and voltages are checked again.
5. At this point reassembly of top and lower covers are done.
6. Controller is then waxed and polished.
7. Wiring caution label is then added to back of controller under the terminal block
8. Controller is now placed in a 4 mil. clear plastic bag for shipping or pick up.

*NOTE: DO NOT STORE CONTROLLER IN SHIPPING BAG FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME
DUE TO CONDENSATION.

 

Repair Order Form for Rotator and Controller Repair

When shipping either a rotator or controller or both for servicing, please print the REPAIR ORDER FORM - PDF, making sure that you give me a phone number or email for contacting you. Place it in the well packed shipping box with your serviceable parts. Use packing peanuts.

NOTICE: Any rotors and/or controllers sent for repair and/or service. Must be paid for within 30 days from time you are notified of completion of repair. This is due to constant price increases and part supply. Any rotors and/or controllers not paid for within 30 days of notification will be deem abandoned and be sold to take care of the cost of parts and repair time.

REPAIR ORDER FORM - PDF

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SHIPPING INFORMATION

Place Completed Order Form in the well packed shipping box with your servicable parts. Use packing peanuts.

When packing a rotator with a controller, place the controller in a seperate box in with the rotator. Or send in a seperate box.

When packing a controller, be very careful with the plastic power switch, as it is very likely to snap off at the base during shipping. So pack extra support around it and the metering face to avoid a very costly repair.