[amsat-bb] Software Problems

Rolf Krogstad rolf.krogstad at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 16:30:21 UTC 2016

My apologies if this has been covered already.
Have you double-checked what you have designated as your home location?

QRZ.com shows this location info for you:
Latitude 43.610010 (43° 36' 36'' N)
Longitude -90.082150 (90° 4' 55'' W)
Grid Square EN43xo

I have never used Orbitron, but in SatPC32 this is how to set it:

Open SatPC32.  Towards the top center of the window, click on Setup, then
click on Observer.  A small pop-up window will appear with the title
"Observer Setup".
The second item from the top on the left side of the window is "Station
Grid Locator".
Click on the 2nd value down in the center of the window, to the right of
"Station Grid Locator".  Now enter your six character grid square in the
field on the right side of the windows.  Your Grid Square is EN43xo.  Then
click on the button [Locator>Degs], then click on [Store].   I am not sure,
but you may need to close and reopen SatPC32 for the change to take effect.


Rolf   NR0T
Grid EN34it

On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 9:55 AM, Joe <nss at mwt.net> wrote:

> I am really excited about getting back on the Birds after a 40+ year
> absence.
> I've done EME, MS, AU, and all sorts of weak signal stuff on 144Mhz.
> I've played the DX and contesting on HF.
> All has been fun, but none except for the EME has given the most happiness
> than the memories of playing with the birds in the late 70's
> Now let me know, I can take this off list if members here want me to, But
> This excitement is quickly turning into disgust. To the point I'm just
> about to say screw it and forget about Sat work again.
> I am in the need of help with prediction programs.
> Man in the late 70's it was the ARRL bulletin with keps etc. and a Oscar
> Locator.
> Now we got ultra cool software programs that all are incredible! Except
> for me, I can not trust ANY of them.  I have been testing several to see
> what I will make my primary program. BUT...... and there always is a "BUT"
> isn't there? I can not say what one to "Trust"
> The four I have installed are...
> SatLookDown1_28
> HRDSatTrack
> Orbitron
> SatPC32
> Now of course they all use the same computer clock. And it is accurate to
> less than a tenth of a second.
> Each one periodically ask to Up-Date the TLE's and I say "YES" and let
> them do it all on their own. I change NOTHING on where they get their data.
> The run them.
> The,
> SatLookDown1_28 & HRDSatTrack, both agree very closely. Almost to the
> second.
> But the Orbitron, is off, WAY off. like 15 minutes off.
> And the SatPC32 is even worse the sat is like 1/2 an orbit off!
> Now the ones that agree also match the page
> http://www.amsat.org.ar/pass.htm#
> So my guess they are the ones showing correct data.
> Now what to do about the other two. How can I make them show correct
> passes?
> Remember I can take this off list if no one wants to read about this...
> Just let me know,
> Joe WB9SBD
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