[amsat-bb] Re: LVB Tracker and QST Questions

Matty Cunningham manxmat at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 18 16:23:59 PDT 2012

Hi Tom,

I have managed to use the HRD sat tracking program to 'remotely' control my 
Foxdelta 'copy' of Howards LVB interface, you will need a 'local' PC hooked 
up to the interface though.

Run the HRDDDESattrack server on the machine hooked up to the antenna, along 
with the HRD rotator software - set HRD to use Nova DDE.

On the machine you want to use to control the antenna, run HRD Satellite 
tracker (I guess you may be able to use Nova, or another bit of software 
that will use the DDE interface) - in HRD Sat Tracker on this machine, 
select DDE server, then select the remote server tab, enter the IP address 
of the machine and your password to send the DDE date to the PC hooked up to 
the rotator.

Bit of a tricky setup that took me a few hours to suss out, but it works.

Alternatively something like this may do the job (driver software will 
create a 'virtual' serial port on your PC):-

Have seen a few expensive ones, but your mileage may vary.

Good luck



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Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:36:09 -0500
From: Thomas Doyle <tomdoyle1948 at gmail.com>
To: AMSAT-BB at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] LVB Tracker and QST Questions
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I have been looking for information on using the TCP interface
on the LVB Tracker. The AMSAT-UK store lists the board
but the US AMSAT store does not carry it. Google searches
have revealed nothing other than ads that indicate the tracker
has the TCP interface.

I am very interested in contacting someone who has actually
used the TCP interface.

Page 100 of the July 2012 QST has a very interesting and
encouraging article on the changing US Amateur Radio
License Populations. I wonder if the AMSAT membership
has experienced the same growth as the hobby in general.
An article on the changing AMSAT membership similar to the
QST article would be very interesting.

73 W9KE Tom Doyle

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