[amsat-bb] Re: SatPC32 version 12.8b is released

K2AK - Jeff k2ak at k2ak.net
Fri Oct 21 05:32:24 PDT 2011

Thanks Wayne,

I appreciate the heads up. Downloaded the file (used the backup utility)
then upgraded (from a to b) in a couple minutes including the restoring of
the configuration.

73 de Jeff

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Wayne Estes
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 12:28 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] SatPC32 version 12.8b is released

SatPC32 version 12.8b is available for download at

The main SatPC32 program window now displays more information such as the
date of the Keplerian elements file in use.

Before upgrading your SatPC32 installation, be sure to use the new program
(in the ZIP file) to backup your user configuration.  The upgrade erases all
previous user configurations, but the new program will restore your
configurations after upgrading.

The download is a demo version that requires users to enter their lat/lon
each time the program is started.  To make the program fully functional,
enter your existing registration code or purchase a registration code from
the AMSAT web site:

DK1TB, the author of SatPC32 has donated the software to AMSAT.  All sales
of SatPC32 are used to support AMSAT.

Here are the changes described in the What's New file:

1. SatPC32, SatPC32ISS, Wisat32 and SuM now support rotor control of the
M2 RC-2800 rotor system.

2. The CAT control functions of SatPC32, SatPC32ISS and Wisat32 have been
expanded. The programs now provide CAT control of the new Icom transceiver

3. The main windows of SatPC32 and SatPC32ISS have been slightly changed to
make them clearer. With window size W3 the world map can be stretched (only

4. The accuracy of the rotor positions can now be adjusted for the
particular rotor controller. SatPC32 therefore can output the rotor
positions with 0, 1 or 2 decimals. Corrections of the antenna positions can
automatically be saved. In previous versions that had to be done manually.

5. The tool 'DataBackup' has been added. The tool allows users to save the
SatPC32 program data via mouse click and to restore them if necessary. After
the program has been configured for the user's equipment the settings should
be saved with 'DataBackup'. If problems occur later, the program can easily
restore the working configuration.

6. The rotor interfaces IF-100, FODTrack, RifPC and KCT require the
kerneldriver IOPort.SYS to be installed. Since it is a 32-bit driver it will
not work on 64-bit Windows systems. On such systems the driver can cause
error messages.To prevent such messages the driver can now optionally be

7. SuM now outputs a DDE string with azimuth and elevation, that can be
evaluated by client programs. Some demo files show how to program and
configure the client.

Wayne Estes W9AE
Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik
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