[amsat-bb] Satellite software

John Brier johnbrier at gmail.com
Sun Dec 25 00:40:16 UTC 2016

What database do you use? I think of SQL servers/databases when you say
"database," but they require software interfaces, so I'm wondering, if you
mean an SQL server/DB, what interface do you use?

73, John Brier KG4AKV

On Dec 24, 2016 18:56, "B J" <va6bmj at gmail.com> wrote:

On 12/24/16, Kim Hansen via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
> Hi, all
> Getting into sats and I've been poking around for software (windows).
> like most are using SATPC32, is that the go-to tracking program? Any
> that I should also consider?

Gpredict has a Windows version.

> How about logging software, any favorites for sats? I've been using DXLab,
> (great for DX, not so much for sats.) Used to use LOGic, may try to
> configure it for satellite logging. In any event, want to use whatever I
> up with just for sats and dump their logs into DXLab (hold complete
> logs).
> Also, how about grid square chasing? I see paper (printed) grid maps for
> abut anything for windows?  Found "WorkedGrids_v7, but seems to be for
> terrestrial, not sats. Would like something that could show current
> worked/confirmed grids other than on paper. Again. any ideas?


I created a database for my contacts.  I make audio recordings of the
passes that I'm on and play them back later in order to enter the
details, including grid squares.  I use that same database for
preparing my LOTW files.

Using a database makes it easy for me to check for a given station or
grid square that I might have worked before as I can search for
specific terms, such as callsigns.

If you have a database program, this might be worth considering as you
can set it up the way you want it and you don't have to buy another
software package.


Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
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