[amsat-bb] Tracking

skristof at etczone.com skristof at etczone.com
Mon Dec 21 15:40:32 UTC 2015


I have found the AMSAT-US website predictor to be very reliable: 

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/index.php [2] 

At least for the satellites I track. 

Get your 6 digit grid locator, plug it in and go. 

Steve AI9IN 

On 2015-12-21 09:51, Joe wrote: 

> As in when is a bird gonna come by?
> I'm an old timer. Remember the "Oscarlocator?"
> http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/images/oscarlocator.jpg [1]
> http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/images/oscarlocator.jpg [1]
> It never ever failed.
> I am seriously interested in getting active again on many of the birds. But unless I fix a problem I am having I won't be I'll go back to EME Oscar 1 or was that Oscar 0? And other weak signal modes.
> My problem is. pass predictions. Many of the different sources I try display totally different pass times.
> Now I can understand with the two "Programs" I use, ( Orbitron & The tracker in HRD ) if I don't have something set right the pass predictions could be in error. My fault. weven tho I could set up both programs exactly the same. I still get passes that are not the same. sometimes like 1/2 a orbit off. other times even worse the passes are like 1 pass off in other words one program says the pass is just ending, and the other says it is just beginning. But again, this all could be operator error.
> BUT............
> And there always is a but isn't there.
> Web page based trackers, now those should work no matter where you are, and what time your computer says it is true? I mean is a bird is directly over say Chicago, shouldn't every web site show it being over Chicago regardless or where you are or what time your computer says it is?
> I look at like 4 different pages and they have the same bird in different places. some again 1/2 an orbit wromng, some like 10 minutes different.
> What is someone to do!?
> Joe WB9SBD
> EN43

[1] http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/images/oscarlocator.jpg
[2] http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/index.php

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