[amsat-bb] Re: satpc32help---Meaning of [Brackets] after Sat names?

Alexandru Csete alexc at phys.au.dk
Tue Nov 14 07:26:54 PST 2006

Hi Hal and others,

Quoting Hal Pressman <halpress at cinci.rr.com>:
> As an almost daily user of morning FO-29 passes, I am confused and concerned
> about these brackets and how they will affect my use of Satpc32? I read 
> Erichs' post and  have switched to using Amsat as the source file for my 
> Keps but I notice that when I use the  AOS program to project and print my 
> pass list, the Sat names still contain the brackets.
> Erich, I and I am sure other SatPC32 users would appreciate further 
> explanation of what this bracket system is all about and a step by step 
> correct way to use it with SatPC32. I have been extremely pleased with the 
> good results I've had with the SSB Sats using SatPc32 and don't want to 
> disturb my success because of these brackets.  I have been away from home 
> for several weeks and would also like to know when this new system began and
> why?

If you search a few weeks back in the amsat-bb archives you will find the first
thread about this issue. I believe I started started it very shortly (max 1
week) after the [] has been introduced. As someone kindly pointed out, there is
a legend explaining the codes on the bottom of

Status codes (where present):
[+] = Operational	[-] = Nonoperational
[P] = Partially Operational	[B] = Backup/Standby
[S] = Spare	[X] = Extended Mission

As for software, I personally believe it is a minor issue for the software
authors to make their programs handle this properly. They can even take
advantage of the extra information  ;-)

> Thanks and 73s
> Hal Pressman
> Amsat #25698 


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