It's been like 25 years since I last bought an antenna rotator. Needless to say, things have changed since then.
What I'd like is a rotator that can doesn't need constant recalibration. That is, actually measures as it turns (as opposed to timing how long the motor is on). I'd like it to have a remote, and I'd like to have the remote do some translation (IOW, I'd like to tell the remote that I want channel 2, and have it turn to 275 degrees so I don't have to look up the location every antenna move). And I'd like to have decent gears and motor so it has a chance of lasting awhile.
From what I can tell, the current CM 9521A is not up to the task (a number of reviews refer to it as cheap, poorly designed and made junk). The CM, the current RCA VH126N, Phillips SDW 1850, etc. all seem to get pretty poor reviews.
The only thing I've found that seems to meet my criteria (such as they are) is the Eagle Aspen ROTR100.
Are there any better choices? Would I be better off haunting ham-fests looking for something from the 1990s? If so, what should I be looking for?
What's my best bet for a reasonable antenna rotator for a light HDTV antenna like a CM 4221 or maybe a CM 2016? These are light and small antennas that won't apply much wind load. Sitting on a 5' mast section of course.
Any rotator suggestions (and URLs) appreciated.