[amsat-bb] Symbian prediction software

John Hackett archie.hackett at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 29 23:31:49 PST 2007

To whom it may concern,

A portable satellite station can be as small and simple as a dual-mode handheld plus a 3/4 wave whip - (AO-51).

It isn't always convenient to lug a laptop around but almost everybody carries a mobile phone in their pocket. 

Pass prediction programs are available for Windows mobile and certain PDA devices but none - (that I can assertain) - for the Symbian series 60 operating system ... of which there are a*LOT*.

Now, if you happen to be a"wapper" - (pun intentional) - you can get online predictions from the internet - but it's an inconvenient and "finnicky" way of doing things. 

Is there anyone out there capabable of writing a pass prediction program for the Symbian series 60 mobile phone operating system?.

(NB - not everybody has the "latest" phone, that's why the Series 60 would be the best option for a Symbian system).

The program doesn't need to have fancy graphics and logos, those are just a waste of space - (again, pun intentional) - a simple prediction table would suffice - showing date, time azimuth, elevation and range. The other criteria are not necessary when you're operating portable.

I did suggest this to Emily N1DID a couple of year ago but nothing came of it. 

If anyone is capable - (and willing) - to write such a program I would be *MOST* interested.

Surely it's cheaper to write a Symbian program than to buy a new phone that uses existing software ... like the Predict program on Windows mobile ?.

Anyone willing to take up the challenge? ... (to save me purchasing a new phone).

73 John.   <la2qaa at amsat.org>

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