[amsat-bb] Re: Help Uni-Trac and keps

Dale-KL7XJ daleh at alaska.net
Sun Oct 29 22:39:12 PST 2006

Perry Yantis wrote:
> Yes I think I have figured it out.
> I noticed that when I download from Celestial bbs I went to word pad and
> hit replace.
> I then told it to replace all "-" with a space.
> I forgot that there was a "-" in the satellite name and I think that was
> the problem.
> After reading a comment on the Amsat bbs I decided to open the amateur.txt
> in word pad and then hit the replace button.
> Then I told it to find [-] and replace with 3 spaces, then the do all
> button.
> I then repeated this procedure after changing the "-" to "+" and again with
> "+"being changed to "P".
> Then I clicked the "save" button.
> This seemed to work OK so far.
> When you edit the kep file if you leave out a space or something the txt
> file no longer works in Uni-trac but does work OK in Nova.
> That is why I hate to edit the file and up until lately I did not have to
> with  the keps from Celestial bbs.
> The Amsat keps had a header that had to be edited out until not too long
> ago when those keps became available in the bare keps (with no header)
> Also check the satellite names as keps from different bbs have different
> names for some satellites like Oscar 7.
> Anyway try this and see if it works for you
> I just don't know everybodies keps have to be different!
> Perry WB8OTH
> Perry Yantis
> pyantis at earthlink.net
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I have experienced the same thing.  I use Uni-trac also, with NOVA.  I 
have NOVA all set up with
space-track and can download the keps and NOVA works great.  Uni-trac 
goes to the Celestrack
site for keps when you request "update keps".  With the added brackets 
and symbols it gets confused
and can not find the correct listing for the satellites.  What I did to 
get around this is to go to the AMSAT site and download the keps into 
notepad as a text file and save it to "uni_trac.txt".  This is the file 
for the keps. I just have to remember not to double click on the "update 
keps" on the control panel
or I have to start all over again.

I have not had much success in being able to change the destination from 
Celestrack to AMSAT.  But at least I do not have to do the editing like 
I was doing.

AMSAT 30600
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