Welcome to the Fibo-Box project

The Fibo-Box is a device to be used as a positioner for satellite dishes. The reason to start this project was to develop a new type positioner which could be controlled by a PC and could be driven with high accuracy. A positioner for those who wants to receive also the most weakest signals, like feedhunters and other satellite hobbyists. Therefor it is important to have full control over the dish with high accuracy. The Fibo-Box can be the difference in receiving a signal or not. Because the Fibo-Box is in the first case ment for amateur satellite reception it must be also reasonably priced. It has become a device with professional skills and still not too expensive.

In the early days there was version 1 of the Fibo-Box. It could drive one 36V motor controlled by PC. The project evoluated to version 3 of the Fibo-Box, which is the next model. There was never a version 2. Version 3 can drive two 36V motors and is also capable to drive a 5V servo motor all controlled by a PC. By this it is possible to control the azimuth, elevation and skew (mechanical polarizer). This gives a full control over the dish.

Although Fibo-Box version 3 is already very accurate, we went looking for a different type of sensor. One that could also tell its position when it is not moving. The unit found was a rotary encoder. This ment the development of a new type of box. Version 4 can be controlled by PC, but also can operate stand alone. The difficulty with Fibo-Box version 4 is to build in the encoders into the satellite dish motors, which is not always possible. Version 4 is not a successor of version 3. It is just a different way of positioning satellite dishes.

Then there is a Diseqc board. Is it possible to send Diseqc commands by PC to a Diseqc motor or a Diseqc switch? Read more in the version information section.