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Once you get it rotating. I suggest building a weather proof box for all your equipment. Just take your time, ideas eventually get there! took me a few days to figure out what and how, and a couple times to undo and redo due to supporting of the teeter totter. notice on mine i had to put the supports at the same level of the bar that ran across for support reasons / tilting.
We have finished rebuilding the frame. It will rotate now. I have a board holding it flat so the panels are facing straight up for now until I work out adding the actuators. I have to buy some plywood to build a box with. I have cleaned out the trash from the box and rolled up the excess cabling so it looks better now.
Good Deal Rhonda, I'm proud of ya! Thursday aka payday I will be buying the antenna rotator motor for mine for the rotation with a timmer, Perhaps tomorrow I will get some updated photos as I cleaned mine up and put terminal for the secondary battery bank so I can easily move from bank to bank without unplugging anything but moving the cable clamps. But I plan on making a Complete Video again Thursday with Details walking it thru solar like I did last time for the newbies. The thing I was worried about is how much power the antenna rotator will draw as every drop counts: I will be looking hard at the draw when choosing a motor as the most important thing for me is to stay under the Amperage that I am taking in so technically the Panels, not the batteries can do the movement. The timer I plan on either 30 minutes or a 60 minute rotation : this part I will determine by spending a day seeing how much the amperage changes during the hours to see how often it should be rotated.
Here is just a Odd Fact that I noticed, Last time I was home it was very hot and the index 104. I decided I wanted to clean my panels and after I sprayed them off and they got cooler I got a few amps jump. Which brought me to a future thought, that I won't implement for a while, but I may after some research. Those new hoses with little holes to water a row in a garden set on a timer, but i'm thinking set on a thermostat. I now sounds far fetched but I love ideas, any that can improve performance!
Got a few Errors or bobo's That I have made I would like to share with you, that may help while you're building yours. Money still tight didn't get the motor yet. Though I moved mine with the lawn mower after a lot of rain. I had to remove all the batteries to move it because it sank about an inch into the ground. I put small squares of plywood under each wheel to prevent it from sinking again. I also noticed that you may want to reinforce where the batteries are placed to double the braces than that of in other locations as I have a slight warp from the weight in that location. I'm not sure if you used the V type brace on yours, but other than the bar that runs thru, I have added a 2x4 the length of it under the bar to keep the braces at the same distance; When I pulled it, it bounced a little and I think I have a way to fix that. I have a 1" ratchet strap that I will go from the very top of the center 2x4 to the top of the other 2x4. Having only the one 2x4 gives it wobble room when I move it that I don't like. And though I could add another to the top, thats 4 inches of sun I am not willing to give up during certain hours. Plus the ratchet strap will allow you to tinker with it for rotation and movement. I got a "box pic" I added last night to show how it looks inside with the two separate banks on it. For the box, I opted to go with 2x2's due to their super light and cheap and will do the job just fine for the box frame. I went with 1/2 plywood, not because its needed only because I wanted something to be able to screw into if needed. O, I have the wheels roughly 2"s from the bottom of the frame to the ground. I should have made it 3" as when I moved it, if the yard is not smooth I made a few small drag ruts in the yard that my wife wasn't happy about. What did go well, is that using one of the CC's as a PDU I was able to put lights on it from it. One of the lights from the HF kit and I got two LED strips either side of the electronics, Enough to work with if you must do something at night. Hope my mistakes may help you in the process of building yours! :p
So how is yours coming along, Got a Pic of the Array now that is can rotate?
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