[amsat-bb] Re: Please help us Track the FASTRAC satellites once they are launched Nov. 19th!!

Tee Dubb tdub20120 at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 20 06:26:45 PST 2010


I apologize if I'm replying incorrectly to the board - I have only read up until 
now.  I will gladly respond to suggestions.

I attempted to take the sep vector posted on the web 
 and turn it into a text file for use in HRD Sat Tracker, but had no immediate 

Before I fool around for a couple hours trying to get something to work, has 
anyone else plugged the TLEs into HRD Sat Tracker, or is there an online 
resource?  I see Bruninga's reference to SATPC, but I do not have that installed 
on this PC.

I look forward to at least finding a dang beacon - decoding AFSK will be a 
challenge as I do not routinely attempt such things.  I'll take an ELK log 
periodic and aim it when I get tracking sw working.  I'll be listening with a 
Yaesu FT897.

Thanks for the help, and congrats to all on a great launch.  I guess it's 
Minotaur/Kodiak 1, and NRO/NASA/KSC 0 as far as recent launch attempts.



----- Original Message ----
From: Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner at mindspring.com>
To: Sebastian Muñoz <smunoztoro at gmail.com>; lightsey at mail.utexas.edu; Amsat-BB 
<amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 9:24:52 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Please help us Track the FASTRAC satellites once they 
are launched Nov. 19th!!

Congratulations on making it to this point. The next week I'm sure will 
be full of anticipation waiting for that rocket to lift off!

One of the things I think is so great about your project, from what I 
have read and been told, is that you've incorporated a secondary amateur 
two-way digipeater capability into your satellites. As I understand it, 
you plan to operate this after your primary mission is completed? It 
might be a great motivation to the AMSAT folks on amsat-bb to hear some 
details of this planned operation, as I'm sure others like myself are 
particularly interested in helping out student satellites that give back 
to the community. With so many new student satellites, it's rare to see 
one that may eventually be open for everyone to use, and that is to be 
commended and rewarded with support. So, if you don't mind, let the 
folks at amsat-bb at amsat.org know what your plans are in this regard.

On a separate note, I've started and entry on the AMSAT-NA satellite 
status pages for FASTRAC-1 and -2 
(http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/futures.php), and hope to 
fill in the details over the next few days. Please, once your satellites 
reach orbit and operate, apply for an OSCAR number from AMSAT-NA and 
join the fleet of amateur radio satellites 
(http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/futures.php). I'll also ask 
that your Keplerian elements get included in the AMSAT distribution 
list. Please let me know if there is anything else the amateur community 
can do to help.

73, and good luck,
Drew KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations
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