[amsat-bb] Re: Hand-Drawn "Radar" Plots

Glenn AA5PK aa5pk at suddenlink.net
Wed Dec 21 17:46:24 PST 2011


You've reinvented The OSCAR Locator!  :O)

Glenn AA5PK

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Palmer KB5WIA" <kb5wia at amsat.org>
To: "AMSAT BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:26 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Hand-Drawn "Radar" Plots

> Hi Everyone,
> I've finally had time to write up a short article about a technique I
> use when operating the satellites portable -- hand-drawn "radar"
> plots.
> Normally I use a netbook computer running HRD software to show the
> position of the satellite in the sky in real-time, but there have been
> occasions when I haven't been able to have the netbook with me.  These
> hand-drawn plots are just the ticket -- it converts a line in the
> table of numbers from sat prediction software (ie. a print-out of a
> week's worth of passes from SatPC32, or a print-out from the
> http://amsat.org satellite tracking module) to a crude radar plot good
> enough to track the sat pass.  Before leaving on a sat-portable road
> trip, I'll always bring a long printout of passes just in case the
> computer goes dead, so I'm not stuck without any ability to track.
> (Yes, I know there are smartphone apps that will do the same thing,
> but I don't have a smartphone!)
> (And yes, many of you probably already do the same, but up until now I
> haven't seen any references for how to do this...)
> http://kb5wia.blogspot.com/2011/12/manual-radar-plots.html
> 73 and Happy Holidays!
> Dave KB5WIA
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