[amsat-bb] Re: Can you work DK1TB on a satellite ?

Clayton Coleman W5PFG kayakfishtx at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 08:42:17 PDT 2011

Hello Tom,

I personally use the Nova software for this task.  There is a menu
option to generate pass predictions for multiple observers using a
mutual satellite.  If I want to work Hawaii on AO-7, I can run a
prediction to show me any mutual passes between my Texas QTH and the
islands.  Nova has a lot of flexibility for generating different pass
predictions for multiple satellites, multiple observers, and even
checking visibility and eclipses.

In the scenario from your friend's inquiry, Nova would quickly tell me
the exact mutual window of opportunity to work a satellite pass with
the stations desired.  As you stated in your email, there are many
ways to obtain this kind of information but I find Nova is the easiest
(for me) out of my repertoire of software and website tools.


On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM, Thomas Doyle <tomdoyle1948 at gmail.com> wrote:
> A friend who knows a little about ham radio asked me me about satellites. He
> asked a couple simple questions.- Can you work Alaska on the satellite ?
> When I answered probably. He said great - lets try it. I explained a little
> about orbits and then he said. Ok - so if you know you can work Alaska how
> do you know when you should try. Alaska is not all that far from my QTH here
> in Packer Country so for my example I have changed the question to "Can you
> work DK1TB on a satellite and if so which satellite and when is it possible
> ?".
> We all know many ways to answer this simple question. Here is the easiest
> way I know. If you have an easier way please let me know.
> http://www.tomdoyle.org/canIworkDK1TB
> 73 W9KE tom ...
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