[amsat-bb] Satpc32

Bruce kk5do at arrl.net
Sun Jun 23 21:46:29 UTC 2019

I bought a Yaesu G5500 to use during field day this year, we got tired 
of the arm strong rotor. This is the first time I have used SATPC32 for 
anything more than AOS-LOS predictions. I still moved the rotor by hand. 
Have not been able to get the Yaesu cable built to have the LVB tracker 
control the rotor. May work on that for next year.

Used the ICOM IC-9100 and a laptop this year. It worked great to set the 
frequency for the FM satellites but was horrible for any SSB satellite. 
I can find myself with the computer turned off. When I tried to use 
Satpc32, it would jump to somewhere in the passband and no matter how i 
tried to adjust the radio to find myself, satpc32 had a mind of its own. 
So, never made an SSB contact. Of course it is more fun to do this 
during field day with everyone watching.

So what is the secret for making Satpc32 see where you have found the 
sweet spot on the up and down link when you click CAT control instead of 
doing what it wants? I would have thought it would read the settings 
from the radio and go from there. After all, it takes me a few seconds 
to find myself and really easier to adjust for Doppler manually. I 
wanted to give the automated feature a go for those watching.



Bruce Paige, KK5DO
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