This is one I have been meaning to ask for a while but never gotten around to it.
I have an old unknown vintage outdoor VHF/UHF antenna on my house complete with rotor and all. Neither of them I know the age or exact make and model of. All I know is it was sometime before we moved into this house which was 10 years ago. Nothing has any identifiable markings on it.
The antenna is good reception-wise. Last summer I climbed the tower and rewired it in a 'get by with what I've got' kind of way with a spliced balun at the base of the antenna where the VHF/UHF combiner sits and then a 40-50ft stretch of old RG59 into the house. With that said I get very reliable reception on my target DMA stations and even fringe pickup or cleveland stations, even though the antenna is pointed away from both DMAs (more specifically it is pointed in a more northeast/southwest direction when youngstown is south and cleveland is roughly west-northwest).
Which brings me to the point of my question. Hopefully sometime in the next couple weeks if weather cooperates I plan to replace the RG59 with some more substantial Quad-sheifl RG6 to hopefully cut down some multipath issues I'm having as well as strengthening reception from Cleveland. As stated I do not have any idea what make and model or age the rotor is (only thing I do know is the wiring is a quad conductor feed last I recall seeing and it was cut off not far below the rotor itself). I do not plan on using it since my desired stations are fairly well clustered from my perspective to keep the antenna pointed in one spot. But I would like to get it turned somehow to point more directly at Youngstown if I can (or Cleveland depending on signal strength. My thoughts being my proximity to youngstown might prove to be an overload to my equipment with a more directional aim, whereas that would come in handy for cleveland and the backside of the antenna could still get strong reception of youngstown stations. Am I correct on this theory?). With the old RG59 in place after I swap the RG6 in would I be able to somehow hotwire this into 2 specific conductors on the rotor just to have the motor spin with no specific destination and apply voltage at the other end long enough to get the antenna aimed where I want? As mentioned, I don't intend to make this permanent. Just enough to get the antenna reaimed once and be done with it.