R Instruction Manual v1.3.3

R Instruction Manual v1.3.3
Rotator Genius
Instruction Manual
Device connection overview
4O3A Signature Rotator Genius is a smart, high integration rotator controller. It uses an electromagnetic sensor for reading
the antenna position. It can be controlled manually, or by a Windows or Android application.
Since it is a TCP/IP network device, it can be controller over the internet if necessary.
Rotator Genius is composed of the Control Unit and two Sensors. It is designed to control two rotators.
It is designed to be compatible with as many different rotators as possible.
To power the device, you need from 12V to 48V DC power supply. Use the voltage of your most demanding rotator, ex. if
you need 48V for moving your rotator motor, supply it with 48V. More details in the CONNECTING ROTATORS section.
Connect and tighten your power supply wires to the green DC IN connector. + and - are marked on the picture below.
Power Connector
Device power socket
When the device gets powered, it will turn on its LED Display. It will read azimuth for the two sensors.
The Magnetic Sensor reads out the magnetic azimuth and sends the position to the Rotator Genius. Sensors are pre
The arrow on the sticker shows the direction it is pointing.
Designed to be installed parallel to the ground, not tilted at
You need to place the Sensor at least 80cm away from metal
materials such as iron and feromagnetics. You can mount it to
the aluminium antenna bum.
The sensor is placed in a plastic waterproof housing, making
it very light, so you can use plastic cable strips for mounting.
Magnetic Sensor
To connect the sensor, open it by unwinding the four screws on the box. It sends data over UTP network cable, using the
RS485 protocol. Use two wires for VDC, two wires for GND, and two A and B wires for data.
Sensor wiring:
Green is unused, it is recommended to cut it off completely on this
Internal sensor wiring
Device side wiring is using the T-568B standard, as described below:
RJ-45 pinout on the device side
Once connected, the azimuth should be displayed on the Rotator Genius LCD screen. Move it around and verify it works
before installing it on your antenna. It should be parallel to the floor and moved only in X and Y axis, so place it on a flat
surface such as a table.
LCD display on the front
On the front display you can see the azimuth value of connected sensors, as well as the set output voltage to motor. LEDs
indicate if a rotator is out of configured limits, and if it's being controlled CW or CCW at the moment.
Device can be used to power motors from from 12V to 48V. 15A for low range motors. High range motors for a single
phase. A three phase can be driven on a separate high range port.
Separate DIP switches on the back are used to configure the rotators.
DIP1 Low Range Motor
High Range Motor
DIP2 CW and CCW normal CW and CCW reversed
Not using breaks
Using breaks
DIP5 Soft Start Disabled
Soft Start Enabled
DC Motor
AC Motor
DIP switch functions
Motor Voltage
25% of device voltage
50% of device voltage
75% of device voltage
100% of device voltage
DIP switches on the back
DIP switch functions
High Range should be selected if your motor is 110VAC,
220VAC or 3 phase.
Low range motors are AC or DC from 6V to 48V. They
must not exceed 15A of current.
On the right you can see the table with examples of 12V,
24V, 36V and 48V power.
If for some reason the 25% increments are not enough,
there is a small potentiometer inside the device on the
PCB that can be used for fine tweaking, if necessary.
DIP switches and voltage modifiers
Example 1: 12VDC (Alpha spid). RG power – 24V DC.
DIP switches are set to 50%, resulting in 12V for the motor.
Example 2: 24VAC motor. RG power – 24V DC
DIP switches sat to 100%, resulting in 24V to the motor.
You can use the CW and CCW buttons on the device to move your motors manually. It is recommended to do so in order to
test it. Use Select to switch between the selected rotators.
Control buttons on the top side
The control buttons on the back give the device basic stand alone functionallity. You can use them to:
- Rotate the towers manually
- Configure TCP/IP settings
- Configure Offset to compensate for magnetic declination
In normal mode, the green labels indicate the button function. Press the <Select Rotator> button shortly to switch between
the the motor you control. A blinking indication of the selected motor will be displayed on the LCD display. Use <CCW>
and <CW> buttons to move your antennas.
To configure the device, hold the <MENU> button for two seconds. Now, you can use the <CCW> and <CW> buttons to
navigate between items. To configure a selected item, press the <MENU> button again. While configuring, the <CCW>
and <CW> decrease and increase the values. Press the <MENU> button when you set the desired value.
Since version 1.3.0 you can use your rotator breaks on Low
Range motors.
Voltage on the break must be the same as voltage on the
rotors motor.
Set DIP4 to ON to enable using this feature in software.
Set DIP5 to OFF to disable soft start.
Soft start is not possible when using brakes.
Rewire your rotator to match the diagram below.
Common wire of AC motor is connected to the center pin.
Motor ends are connected over the brake relays as on the
diagram below.
When you execute the CW or CCW command the brake solenoid will be powered first about half a second before the motor.
When you release the command, the motor will stop being powered and the break will be powered for half a second more.
This enables the release of activation of the brake, by properly sequencing it.
Use the buttons on the device to set the network settings to your needs, as described above. Default settings:
Default IP:
Default Netmask:
Default Port: 9006
Default Offsets: 0
Sensors come pre calibrated from the factory. Do not attempt to do this unless you
are absolutely sure it is necessary.
Calibration requirements and tips:
- The sensor should be attached to the boom in the same way it is going to be used.
- Your boom must be able to make full 360 dregree turns with your boom.
- The more full circles you make, the higher the precision will be. Around five is
optimal. You can rotate in any direction, CW, CCW or mixed.
- The slower you rotate it while calibrating, the higher the precision will be.
Calibration process:
- In order to start the calibration process you need to disconnect the sensor from the
device, and open the casing.
- Set PIN 1 and PIN 6 to ON, as shown on the picture. Do NOT youse a metal
screwdriver for this, or it will mess up the readings.
- Connect the sensor back to the RG.
- There will be no reading on the LCD display or Panel Application during the
calibration mode.
- When done, set PIN 1 and PIN 6 to OFF.
- The sensor should now be calibrated. You should get a reading on your LCD
display or Panel Application.
- Repeat the process if not satisfied with the results.
- When done, seal back the box.
Calibration pins
Download and install the latest Panel and firmware software from http://4o3a.com/index.php/downloads
At the time of writing, the version is 1.2.6. If there is a newer software version out, look for the new manual as well.
The Panel software is made for Windows 7, 8 and 10.
Follow the setup. Rotator Genius icon will appear on your desktop.
Device selection
This is how your window looks like when you first open
the application. You first need to add your device to the
Press the + button to add.
The button to its right is the edit button, and finaly delete.
Adding the device
Press Save when done.
Add device
Name your device and enter its IP address and port
Check how to set your IP address and port number in the
NETWORK SETTINGS section above.
Select your rotator from the list, and click Connect.
RG Control Panel
Rotator configuration
This is the RG Control Panel. You can see your status and
send commands from here.
It is recommended configure your rotators before
attempting to move them.
Click the settings icon on the top of the window.
Name your rotator, and set the limits if you do not want
your rotator to go beyond a certain point.
You will not be able to give it a target beyond the limits.
However, if external factors move the antenna out of
bounds, you will be able to use the CW and CCW buttons
to move it back to the allowed aria.
In case your rotator has some inertia when stopping, you
can compensate by adding the offset. This will stop the
rotator the amount of set degrees before its final location.
Click Save when done.
Setting the target
You can double click anywhere within limits to easily
move your antenna to the desired azimuth. The green aria
will start to flash, and the stop button will appear below
the gadget. You can use it to stop at any time.
You can use the CW and CCW buttons to manually move
if needed.
There is a tab for each rotator. At the moment, Rotator 2
does not have a sensor connected.
The other rotator azimuth is represented as the orange line
at all times.
Separating tabs
You can right click the tab with your mouse to separate
the windows.
If you close a tab they will merge back.
Add preset
After finding your optimum antenna positions you should
save them as presets.
Click on the Add button.
Preset examples
We recommend naming your presets with the maximum
of three letters, though it is not a technical limitation.
In the bottom right corner you will find the re-size icon.
Left click it with your mouse, hold, and move your mouse
to resize it to your needs.
Adding the preset
Enter your preset name, and the corresponding azimuth.
Click Save when done.
Move by clicking the GO button
As well as double clicking you can now click on the
azimuth you want to move once to and click the GO
button below the gauge.
New Preset Features
The presets now show the saved value on the label. When
you mouse over them, they will let you know if they are
within limits. Blue color indicates it is within limits.
Declination is replaced by offset, both on the device and
the panel. Instead of having one declination setting you
now have different values for different sensors.
Rotate Manually
You can click on the Azimuth in the top right corner and
enter a value manually, then click Rotate.
Invalid Preset Value
Presets marked in red are indicating your preset value is
out of bounds of limits. Clicking it will not issue a go
Discovery Protocol
The discovery protocol was implemented, allowing you to
find your devices on the network easily.
Discovering Devices
Double click the discovered device to add it to your
registered device list.
Adding a discovered device
Change the name if you wish and click save.
Thank you for purchasing our product and supporting the 4O3A community. You are a part of a small, but very special
family now.
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