[amsat-bb] Re: PCSAT32 Question

David Palmer zdap42 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 15 08:55:53 PDT 2011

> I have been trying to get familiar with PCSAT32. I was a bit confused today.
> I tried switching from EST to UTC on my computer and I assumed everything
> would remain the same as far as satellite positions on the map etc. When I
> did change the time everything changed why is this? Where should I leave the
> time for correct satellite positions etc?

Hi Mike,

Also be sure you restart the software and/or computer when making
changes like this -- I have found with a number of programs that a
simple restart is all that's required to get things acting normally

Personally, on my home PC,  I use SATPC32 set in UTC, with the PC set
to local time (currently GMT-7 in California here with daylight
savings time).

However, on my netbook computer that I use for portable ops, I use
SATPC32 (also set to UTC) with the computer itself set to UTC also.

Both setups work equally well.  I actually find it easier to have the
software and the computer in UTC time zone (on my netbook), but since
my XYL shares the home PC, I have to be accomodating and leave
everything in local time (except for SATPC32!).

73 de Dave KB5WIA / CM88

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