[amsat-bb] Re: Question regarding WISP and operating satellite BBS

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 08:15:14 PDT 2009


What you are seeing is a problem that has a vareity of solutions.
There is not one program that does everything you need to do!  So, you
may have to run more than one program at a time.

I run SatPC32 to control my rotators and radio VFOs AND I also run
WISP to run the PBBS software and to schedule other programs to run
for specific satellites.   So, I run both programs all the time.

For GO-32 KISS reception, try using Mike DK3WN's excellent software
ONLINE KISS+ to capture a KISS File and then decode it with  his
TECHSAT-1B (GO-32) Telemetry Beacon Decoder.

You can download both here:  http://www.dk3wn.info/software.shtml

There are other solutions to our problem (using Wisp and WispDDE for
frequency control).  But I much prefer SatPC32 for radio/rotors and
WISP for TNCS and scheduling programs.

For example, with GO-32 you can have Wisp run the ONLINE KISS+
software instead of the PBBS MSPE program.  It is just a configuration

I hope that helps!


Mark N8MH


Hi all

I am trying to download telemetry from GO-32 in KISS mode, and later on,
I would also like to operate the AO51 BBS.

I tried two ways.  In both there is something missing...  I hope someone
will be able to give me some advise...:

Way #1. With SatPC32.
SatPC32 provides good tracking capabilities.  I get automatic receiving
frequency control via CAT, including Doppler compensation, and I get
automatic antenas control via the LVBTracker.  However, I am missing a
software to capture the KISS information in a file, and will also need to
work with the PACSAT protocol for the BBS.

Way #2. With WISP.
I succeeded to get the antennas rotor control working by WISP, but so far I
could not learn how to control the transceiver frequencies, and also
to automaitcally switch from receive to transmit for sending packets and
requests to the satellite.

I have an ICOM IC910H and a Kantronic 9612Plus TNC.

 My PC is a laptop with only USB ports..., no RS232.  I am using USB to
RS232 converters, but I don't think i can access hardware pins of the DB25
after the converters, for the T/R control.

Thanks & 73,


Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]

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