[amsat-bb] Re: NASA 2 Line via mail?

i8cvs domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Wed Nov 25 06:01:44 PST 2009

Hi Smith, N4VIL

Early in 1972 I was receiving by regular post the 2 Line Orbital Data from
Goddard to be used for the meteorological satellites ESSA-8, NIMBUS and

For traching I used as well the azimuthal map of the earth with a foot print
transparent overly and a revolving satellite orbital path.

Yes...no computers at all in the Ham shack at that time but manual tracking
 using a map a pencil and a clock was a beginning very useful and exciting.

73" de

i8CVS Domenico

----- Original Message -----
From: "J.D. Smith" <jaydsmit at gmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:15 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: NASA 2 Line via mail?

> Rich,
> I remember receiving the two line elements from Goddard in the
> I was just getting into amateur radio, but was only using the data to
> predict visual sightings of the shuttle and satellites. I believe the list
> received was a generic for visable satellites. I used the data to manually
> plot an orbital track with grease pencil on a piece of acetate, using it
> an overlay on a map of the earth. I'm sure there's probably more than a
> people here that did the same 'back in the day'. Aren't computers great!
> 73,
> J.D. Smith
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