Has anyone located a driver for the LVB Tracker internal USB to serial
port adapter on Windows 7 x64?
If not, has anyone reverted to the serial port connection on LVB Tracker
and used an external USB to serial port adapter successfully with
SatPC32 on Windows 7 x64?
I have an Edgeport multiple USB to serial port that has drivers for
Windows 7 x64 that I will use if I have to. I would prefer using the LVB
Tracker with its USB to serial adapter if someone has another solution.
Here is a quick AO-16 update. On Sunday I turned AO-16 long enough to
get some telemetry packets. The satellite would remain on for less
than one minute after being commanded on. A quick test of the "bent
pipe" voice mode repeater was successful. . The "hardware watchdog
timer problem" is still evident; as expected, spacecraft temperatures
are insufficient to keep the transmitter ON (needs to be above 15 deg
Orbit projections suggest that satellite illumination conditions will
not result in increased temperatures for nearly 10 years. Command
stations do periodically turn AO-16 "ON" to check on its condition and
see if the hardware timer problem has "automagically" fixed itself
(which in not anticipated, but who knows...).
3 Oct 2010 1838 utc
PACSAT MBL Telemetry Decoder Ver. 1.3 (c) Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN
+10V Battery Bus : 0.00 V
Battery Charge Reg : 0.55 mA
Base Temp : 9.07 °C
PSK RF Out : 1.90 W
+5V RX Bus : 4.87 V
+8.5V RX Bus : 8.49 V
+10V RX Bus : 11.24 V
Here is another teaser :) Several months ago I commanded the AO-16
S-band transmitter ON; it too remains functional (albeit weak), and
was received by me, Drew KO4MA, and Alan WA4SCA.
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]
I think I had a very small signal from Williams beacon frequency.
Pass with AOS here in Copenhagen 1422 UTC - but just 1 degree of elevation
in my worst direction.
Hope I am right.
Should be a good pass over NA in a few minutes.
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 26th Annual ARRL
and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 28-30,
2007 in Hartford, Connecticut. These papers will also be published in
the Conference Proceedings (you do NOT need to attend the conference to
have your paper included in the Proceedings). The submission deadline is
July 31, 2007. Please send papers to:
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or you can make your submission via e-mail to: maty(a)arrl.org
Papers will be published exactly as submitted and authors will retain
73 . . . Steve, WB8IMY
Transit of Venus Special Event, 6 June 2012:
For the 7th time in Human history and last time this century, Venus will
pass in front of the sun on 6 June 2012. We are encouraging hams to join up
with astronomers and observers in public places to share in this event. It
is observable worldwide except the center of the Atlantic (eastern S.America
and western Africa) Everywhere else can see parts of it. It lasts 5+ hours
and is fully visible around the Pacific Rim.
All previous centuries were before the discovery of radio and so sailing
ships were dispatched around the globe to time the event. From these times,
the size of the Solar System could be calculated. It took months if not
years to get the data back. Now we can do it in 0.05 seconds with Ham
See if you can contact hams at other Transit of Venus sites from your public
observing site. Here are the suggested calling frequencies. We don't want
contest-style pileups nor home stations. We just want a place where similar
public setups can contact like minded other public viewing sites via ham
radio and make their reports.
See the web page: http://aprs.org/VenusTransit2012.html
We are suggesting these calling frequencies:
40 Meters - 7180 KHz
20 Meters - 14240 KHz
17 Meters - 18140 KHz
15 Meters - 21240 KHz
12 Meters - 24940 KHz
10 Meters - 28340 KHz
VHF - APRS on the local national calling channel. Send APRS messages as
noted on the web page.
*** TAKE ALL IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN VIEWING THE SUN!!! *** Google
Bob Bruninga, WB4APR (will be observing in Japan with a Japanese (TBD)
ESA has posted a very unique opportunity:
Wouldn't it be great if the key AMSAT organizations put a proposal together
to put a ham radio transponder on the moon. It can have all the cool
educational outreach and training opportunities associated with it. Let's
encourage the AMSAT leadership teams to move quickly. We can do it, don't
Back to Eric's original question: "Where is the "ham spirit" these days?"
Well, I ask, WHEN did the true spirit of ham radio CHANGE to the point where we can demean fellow hams
in public message groups - WITHOUT simply contacting an "offending" ham privately to see if we could help
them with their system?
A simple email message to the "offending" station asking if he was able to hear the bird ... If he has had any
problems with the FM birds in the past ... and find out if he knew he was accidentally stepping on another ham ...
THAT'S what any responsible amateur radio licensee should have done FIRST. And THEN write up the experience
here. Something like ...
"Hey, guys and gals. Was working SO-50 earlier this week, and booming in with a strong signal was K6LCS. That's
the good news. The bad news is that he was stepping on everyone else - as if he could not hear the downlinks from
the bird. I called him up (his phone number is all over his Web sites) and we both identified the problem: a shorted
earpiece cable forced him to work without his normal receive audio setup. He profusely apologized ... and he is not
really a "repeat offender." LESSON LEARNED: Purchase quality audio accessories!"
Instead, the original message criticizes a fellow ham ... and two more fellow hams publicly chime in with, "Way to go, Eric!" -
before finding out the facts of the matter.
Call me "old school," I guess. But I am not changing.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
I will have an AMSAT table at the White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low,
Arizona, this Saturday (2 June) morning. The hamfest, like most in
Arizona, is a half-day event. During the hamfest, I will have on-air
demonstrations using satellites (FM and SSB) that are passing by.
Please call WD9EWK if you hear me. It appears that AO-7 should be
in mode B Saturday morning, so I hope to be on those passes as well
as VO-52 and anything else I can hear. Depending on how long past
noon (1900 UTC) there are people still at the hamfest, I might even
work an AO-27 pass from there. More information about the White
Mountain Hamfest is available at:
After the hamfest, I may drive to a spot northeast of Show Low on
the DM44/DM54 boundary - or just find a spot somewhere in grid
DM54 - for any afternoon and early evening passes before driving home.
To see where I am traveling, you can follow me as WD9EWK-9 via APRS at
http://aprs.fi/wd9ewk-9 (among other ways to look up APRS information).
I will also try to post e-mail updates to this list, and also via my
Twitter feed @WD9EWK (use http://twitter.com/WD9EWK if you are not
subscribed to Twitter).
If you work WD9EWK on Saturday and would like to receive a QSL card,
please e-mail me with the QSO details. No need to first send a card.
I will also upload Saturday's QSOs to the Logbook of the World.
* /Subject/: [amsat-bb] AO7 F2IL
* /From/: "[email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>"
<[email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>>
* /Date/: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 22:22:58 GMT
Congratulation Jean on your 4000 plus qsos on AO7. It has been a great satellite since it's return in 2002.
Thanks for the many qsos we had together over the years.
73 my friend
Amsat 3788 since 1976