[amsat-bb] Fodtrack Serial rotor controller on HamLib
kk0sd at tnics.com
Mon Jun 23 03:59:15 UTC 2014
FODTrack was/is a parallel port controller.
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I would suspect it's using the Yaesu GS-232 protocol.
On 06/22/2014 06:08 PM, Greg D wrote:
> Hi folks,
> So all this talk about Gpredict got me to look at updating my own
> setup, which pre-dated the modern Gpredict capabilites. But being so
> archaic, I need some help connecting the dots...
> I have Gpredict / Hamlib talking to my Yaesu FT-736R radio for Doppler
> tracking just fine, but the rotor is a problem. My controller is
> home-brewed, and emulates the subset of the "Yaesu serial protocol" as
> output from the original DOS version of FODTrack. The syntax is the
> letter "W" followed by the Azimuth, a space, the Elevation, and
> terminated with a carriage return (hex 0d). Both the Az and El are
> whole decimal integers. When I moved to Linux and Predict (the
> ncurses version) in 2002, I modified the software to copy that same
> syntax, and all was fine.
> Tab forward over a decade to my question: What model "Yaesu
> controller" was FODTrack thinking it was talking to? I need to find
> an equivalent model for Hamlib's rotctl daemon, and none of the
> choices seem to match. They all seem to want to talk to a single
> rotor (Az or El, not both). Is there an equivalent model, Yaesu or
> otherwise, that accepts "Waaa eee\n" for Az + El positioning?
> Greg KO6TH
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