For the Icom radios, an additional handshaking line must be connected to prevent the program from trying to write to the radio while it is transmitting. CAT control will not work unless this signal is wired up.
See the file SatpcISS.txt in the SatPC32 folder for details.
>From: James Denneny <57JNDenneny(a)comcast.net>
>Sent: May 30, 2008 10:24 AM
>Subject: [amsat-bb] SatPC32 V12.8
>V12.8 is up and running. I learned the hard way that it is essential (as
>instructed) to copy all SatPC32 files into a new folder I named SatPC32_127.
>Then totally uninstall SatPC32 including removal of folder. Then, do a
>regedit removal of all vestiges of SatPC32 values before installing V12.8.
>I could then copy all my setup, keps etc from the SatPC32_127 folder to
>One thing noted - when running SatPC32ISS V12.8, the CAT feature is not
>working with my IC910H. The CAT works with the regular SatPC32 v12.8
>program. Is this normal?
on 435.315 MHz (FM) you can hear RS-30 APT transmission.
It looks like test pattern. See here:
I used WXSat for decoding. Here is the section from wxsat.ini for decoding:
Thank you very much, David (GM8ARV) for pointing me in the right direction
Bummer.. Someone mislead me. Thanks for the correction. A map I have
says 1950 ft elevation for Enchanted Rock. I just checked Google
Earth and it gives a number closer to 1835 for the
elevation. Anyway, it will be fun and I'll give a shot tomorrow afternoon.
At 11:46 AM 5/30/2008, you wrote:
>Might want to re-check your geography on Enchanted rock. Mount Livermore
>(8,382 feet [2,555 metres]; also called Mount Baldy, or Baldy Peak) is
>the second highest point in Texas. Enchanted rock is only 1825 feet
>above sea level.
>Kenneth - N5VHO
>From: amsat-bb-bounces(a)amsat.org [mailto:[email protected]] On
>Behalf Of Allen F Mattis
>Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 9:14 AM
>Subject: [amsat-bb] N5AFV Planning Special Event Station Double Header
>N5AFV Planning Special Event Station Double Header
>The week end of May 31st - June 1st, 2008, Allen, N5AFV, will operate
>two special event stations on the FM satellites from the Texas Hill
>On Saturday, May 31st Allen plans to climb to the top of Enchanted
>Rock, the second highest point in the state of Texas, and operate two
>satellite passes using his W32A HT and AL800 telescoping antenna. The
>passes will be an AO-27 pass at 2121 UTC, and an SO-50 pass at 2135
>UTC. Enchanted Rock is a unique pink granite dome that rises 425 feet
>above the surrounding countryside. Tonkawa Indians named the granite
>dome Enchanted Rock because they believed that ghost fires flickered
>at the top and that a Spanish conquistador had cast a spell on the
>dome. A steep hiking trail 0.6 miles long provides access to the top
>of the dome. Enchanted Rock is located in Maidenhead grid square EM00
>and Allen will use his call sign, N5AFV, for the operation.
>The following day, June 1st, Ten-Ten International will hold its 20th
>annual (and final) Hill Country Picnic in Bulverde, Texas (Maidenhead
>grid square EL09). To commemorate the 20th and last Ten Ten
>International Hill County Picnic, Allen has been authorized to use the
>Ten Ten International club call sign, W6OI, on the OSCAR satellites on
>June 1st. Tentative plans include conducting a satellite demo for
>those attending the picnic, probably on the 2024 UTC pass of SO-50 or
>the 2052 UTC pass of AO-27. Other satellite passes will also be
>worked June 1st UTC time using the W6OI call sign.
>QSL information for both operations is to N5AFV with an SASE.
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Here is a tentative plan for my satellite operating on Saturday
31 May (into early Sunday 1 June, UTC)...
>From the Prescott (Arizona) hamfest in grid DM34...
1439-1454 UTC - AO-51 145.920/435.300 MHz FM repeater
1619-1631 UTC - AO-51 145.920/435.300 MHz FM repeater
I hope to hear - and work - some of the other hamfests that
will have stations on the air.
I may also be able to try a VO-52 pass at 1754-1807 UTC, as
I will have a portable all-mode satellite station at the
hamfest. If you hear me on VO-52, please be patient with me.
I am not set up for computer control of my radios (FT-817ND
for TX, AOR AR8200Mk2B for RX) yet. I know this setup is good
enough to put signals through VO-52 from earlier tests.
>From the hamfest or somewhere else in the Prescott area, still
in grid DM34...
2128-2135 UTC - AO-27
2136-2148 UTC - SO-50
>From somewhere in grid DM35 or possibly on the DM34/DM35 grid
boundary north of Prescott near the I-40 freeway...
2308-2315 UTC - AO-27
2315-2329 UTC - SO-50
I should have more than enough time to work these two passes
at the DM34/DM35 boundary where I operated from on 19 April:
since this would leave me more than 2 hours to make the
110-mile/177km drive from that spot to Kingman for the evening
>From the DM25/DM35 grid boundary, in or near Kingman AZ...
0149-0204 UTC - AO-51 145.880/435.150 MHz FM repeater
0329-0342 UTC - AO-51 145.880/435.150 MHz FM repeater
Since the two V/U FM repeater configuration on AO-51 is active,
I'm hoping to put it to some good use for these passes while I
am in an area with little satellite activity.
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V12.8 is up and running. I learned the hard way that it is essential (as
instructed) to copy all SatPC32 files into a new folder I named SatPC32_127.
Then totally uninstall SatPC32 including removal of folder. Then, do a
regedit removal of all vestiges of SatPC32 values before installing V12.8.
I could then copy all my setup, keps etc from the SatPC32_127 folder to
One thing noted - when running SatPC32ISS V12.8, the CAT feature is not
working with my IC910H. The CAT works with the regular SatPC32 v12.8
program. Is this normal?
I thought I was the only one with that problem. Same results here. SSB update very slow or not happening with the TS2000 (0 delay setting,. highest baud rate), once I switch to FM it seems to work. It is even worse if you have two radios connected. IC910H same issue.
Another hidden problem is the delay rate with the IC910 and SatPc32 (previous and this version). It does not work with 0 delay and needs at least 30 or 40. That makes it impossible tracking efficiently DelfiC3 telemetry without constant manual overwrite and fine tuning. Seems to be specific to SatPC32 since HamRadio Deluxe runs the IC910 without delay and the doppler control is much better timed.
Stefan VE4NSA> Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 07:38:33 -0400> From: n8mh(a)embarqmail.com> To: amsat-bb(a)AMSAT.Org> Subject: [amsat-bb] TS-2000X and SatPC32 12.8> > > > Hello List, > > After checking with Erich and his always timely and helpful responses, I still am having trouble with SatPC32 ver. 12.8 and CAT control on the TS-2000X. Erich is not able to reproduce my results...his is working just fine. > > The trouble seems to be specific to the SSB mode birds. The symptom is that the frequency isn't updated at the expected interval (Doppler correction isn't occurring at the expected frequency change intervals). It is slow to occur, if at all. > > Futhermore, when trying to change between U/V and V/U birds, the band changes don't occur (i.e., the xmit/rcv VFO's don't swap bands). > > Everything works perfectly under ver. 12.7. I have checked and rechecked settings in ver. 12.8, and I have uninstalled/reinstalled, and still the symptoms appear. I am using WinXP Pro. I'm not sure what firmware I have in the TS-2000X..but it works perfectly under 12.7. > > Is anyone else using a TS-2000X or TS-2000 seeing similar symptoms with ver. 12.8? > > -- > Mark L. Hammond [N8MH] > _______________________________________________> Sent via AMSAT-BB(a)amsat.org. Opinions expressed are those of the author.> Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!> Subscription settings: http://amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb
Now that FCAL is down, I went through all the emails sent with FCAL
data. Four people sent me data.
I received data from Mike Ruppercht DK3WN, Armando Mercado N8IGJ, Bent
Bagger representting AMSAT-OZ, and Edward Chuang BX1AD.
It turns out, I have four mission patches so all will receive one plus a
mission coffee mug. One surprise about the mission patch. These are STP
mission patches that have flown on the space shuttle when FCAL and ANDE
were released. I will include the letter of authentication that
indicates these patches flew in space.
Thanks for all your help. Hope to do it again soon.
Thanks for the input. I should have added that I preserved a copy of the
version 12.7 installation, and when I run SuM from there, it starts
correctly and gives reasonable values. Also, when run from the version
12.8, while you can get past the error message, the rotator driver does not
start. I am using the LabJack interface.