AE2F Designs, LLC
Intelligent Solutions for Complex Problems
Hi-Q-Antenna Controller
AE2F Designs, LLC is currently developing an intelligent controller for Hi-Q-Antenna's Tune-A-Dipole and "NVIS/HF Combo" antenna.  The controller has undergone a major revision to:
    support one to six antennas,
    support both DC and Stepper motors, and
    be easier to manufacture. 

Significant Controller Features:

 

  1. Manages each antenna separately keeping them perfectly synchronized,
  2. Monitors antenna position to 1/10 of a turn,
  3. Allows the antennas to be offset from each other for the lowest SWR,
  4. Runs on 8 - 28 volts,
  5. Move Up, Move Down, Move To, and Memory modes supported,
  6. Move Up/Down start slow then speed up to assist in tuning,
  7. Can be controlled by computer,
  8. Firmware field upgradeable,
  9. Named Memories (e.g. "7.032" or "NetFreq"),
  10. Displays tuning information as Turns, Inches, or Inductance,
  11. Supports 1 to 6 motorized antennas,
  12. Supports any mix of DC or Stepper motors for antennas. 

The controller also supports the Hi-Q Antenna in its usual Short Loaded Vertical configuration with the additional support for:

  1. Matching Unit - decade capacitance box (30 - 3000pf)

The controller is being "Beta" tested with a few select users. If you are an active Hi-Q Antenna user and would like to participate in the Beta testing program, please send an e-mail to Beta Test Request.  Due to the ongoing redesign I have not been able to add any beta users recently.  I have been "heads-down" on the redesign for the last couple of months.

I am very interested in feedback on what you would like to see in this antenna controller. If you have any suggestions, you can contact us at Suggestion/Requests.

The basic "manual" controller for two antennas has been developed and is working. I am working on the new 1-6 antenna DC/Stepper controller now.  Once that is working, the next iteration will include automatic antenna tuning.

We had hoped to introduce the simple "manual" controller at Dayton this year (May 2007) but the recent redesign has pushed that out until next year. 

Watch this space for updates on the progress of the new controller.