[amsat-bb] SatPC32 Auxiliary Files

Frank k6fw1 at verizon.net
Sun Feb 4 17:56:17 UTC 2018

I agree that there is plenty of room to improve SatPC 32.  Only being 
able to track 12 satellites per group is a limitation.  Modifying the 
files is not difficult in my opinion, but automated downloads like the 
keps would be an improvement.  I remember the days of manual keps 
input.  I can't remember the last time SatPC 32 had an update.

I use SatPC 32 to automate my station radio and rotors.  Works very well.

For pass planning and announcement I use HRD Satellite Tracking and 
MacDoppler.  These programs have a much better graphical interface.  To 
bad the HRD Satellite Tracker does not work well for station 
automation.  MacDoppler works well for station integration but my shack 
computer is a Windows box.

Does AMSAT own the code to SatPC32 or would a group of programmers need 
to start from scratch?


On 2/3/18 10:03 PM, Les Rayburn wrote:
> Actually Paul, I have to disagree with your comments.
> It would be best if either SatPC32 was reprogrammed to allow for seamless and automatic updates when new satellites are launch, or if someone would write a completely new piece of software with this capability.
> SatPC32 may be the best available (I think it is after trying them all) but it’s hardly a user-friendly piece of software. Amateur satellite communications offers one of the most cutting edge areas of our hobby, but the premiere software package available doesn’t begin to compare to things like WSJT, CWSkimmer, or other software tools that we have available.
> I’d rather have AMSAT fund one less satellite and instead funnel those resources towards the development of a satellite tracking and rig control software that performs better.
> Maybe we should start a crowd-sourcing project.
> 73,
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