[amsat-bb] Software ?

PA3GUO pa3guo at upcmail.nl
Thu Feb 19 20:35:24 UTC 2015

Hi Howie,


That may indeed be the simplest (and therefore best) solution (redirecting &
modifying the the easycom format).

And yes, either Visual Basic or C# or Python could do that. Like you I have
positive experiences with Python (using scripts for RAX, MCUBED and now

Certainly a very useful suggestion!





Van: Howie DeFelice [mailto:howied231 at hotmail.com] 
Verzonden: woensdag 18 februari 2015 23:09
Aan: PA3GUO; amsat-bb at amsat.org
Onderwerp: RE: [amsat-bb] Software ?


Hi Henk,

The "easy" answer is to buy an LVB tracker board but I completely understand
wanting to use the hardware you put so much time and effort into building
from scratch. I have done a little work with Python, which is completely
cross platform, and think it would be a natural for doing the translation
you need.  One possibility would to  have SatPC send the pointing info in
"easycom" format to a virtual serial port that the Python program reads and
translates then sends it out a "real" serial port to the rotor interface. As
a non-programmer, that would "'my" path of least resistance. 

- Howie, AB2S

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