[amsat-bb] Re: Tracking Software Question

Paul Williamson kb5mu at amsat.org
Mon Nov 2 18:40:24 PST 2009

>Can quicktrak or instantrack work with any other antenna pointing devices other than the KCT?  Any information would be appreciated.

InstantTrack does. See http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/ftpsoft.php#pc-rot for some of the drivers currently available that work with InstantTrack.

The software interface that InstantTrack uses to talk to rotor controllers is documented here, in case you want to write your own: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ftp/software/PC/InstantTrack/intspec.txt

This interface is based on the way the KCT talks to application programs, but it isn't tied to the KCT specifically. QuikTrak also uses the KCT interface, but it uses it in a different way. Specifically, it preloads tables of positions and then relies on the KCT to execute that program without further help from the application program. None of the InstantTrack-compatible drivers I'm aware of (except the KCT itself) implements that mode, so as far as I know there's no support for QuikTrak other than the KCT.

73  -Paul
kb5mu at amsat.org

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