Yaesu G-800SA Rotor not turning when cold

Yaesu G-800SA Rotor ControllerI’ve had a Yaesu G-800SA Rotor on my tower since I built it in 2009. I mostly like it, especially the nice big dial on the controller. The fact that it only needs 4 wires to operate is also a plus.

One thing I don’t like about this Yaesu Rotor is that it’s very cold blooded. I tend to take a bit of time off work over the holidays, so I like to mess around on the ham bands. Unfortunately, here in Iowa it’s often quite cold outside at this time of year. Today, for example, overnight we had a low of -4°F, and as of lunchtime it’s only reached 10°F.

It seems that when the temperature is cold, below about 10°F, the rotor stops turning. I haven’t yet been able to determine if this is a rotor issue, or some other problem related to my installation. I’m not very inclined to climb the tower when it’s cold out to see where the issue lies!

I’ve been pondering if there’s a way I could warm the rotor up a little bit, assuming I determine the issue is in the rotor. Or maybe it needs a different type of grease more suited to the cold Iowa winters.

In any case, while typing this post the rotor warmed sufficiently that I now turns. Time to check out the bands!


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The Shack


I just realized that there are no pictures of the shack on the site. The shack is very small.  We don’t have much usable space in the basement, so it was a challenge to set up an area for radios.  It was decided to carve out an area just over 6′ by 6′ in one corner. I built a couple of walls, installed a new ceiling, new carpet, and plenty of electrical.  I squeezed in kitchen countertops on two walls, installed some shelving, and utilized 5′ of wall cabinets that were already there. It’s not much space, but it seems to work out pretty well.


The biggest problem is keeping it clean.

My other “shack” is in my Blazer. There I have a Yaesu FT-7800 Dual Band, and a Radio Shack HTX-10 10m all-mode mobile.  Working 10m mobile is a lot of fun.

Categorized as Shack