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]
The FUNcube and SDR-Radio work great together. Transmit control for
satellite use in SDR-Radio is very limited (non-existent from what I
have been able to find).
I would like the FUNcube / SDR-Radio combination to act like a simple
receiver under cat control from SatPC32 or similar program. I would
like to talk with anyone who has actual experience with this.
tnx & 73 W9KE
On Saturday September 1st, The Aguada de Pasajeros `s Radio Club will give
an Amateur Radio presentation from the Central Park of the town. The Radio
Club will be operating on the HF bands and 2m local repeaters. I will be
there on behalf of the Satellite Cuban group for a Sat demonstration, I hope
to operate on the SO-50 and AO-27 passes from 12:00z to 20:00z and I will
try to encourage some Hams to the Microphone. Aguada town is in EL92 around
40 miles from Cienfuegos city.
Please, give us a call!
Este mensaje ha sido enviado mediante el servicio de correo electronico que ofrece la Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba a sus miembros para respaldar el cumplimiento de los objetivos de la organizacion y su politica informativa. La persona que envia este correo asume el compromiso de usar el servicio a tales fines y cumplir con las regulaciones establecidas.
RSGB News reports on a story in the Jakarta Globe.
I understand LAPAN-A2 will use S band (non amateur frequency) for video surveillance and the amateur frequency 437.425 MHz for telemetry.
I gather there is another Indonesian satellite LAPAN-ORARI that will carry a 5 watt output FM voice transponder with a 435.880 MHz uplink and 145.880 MHz downlink as well as an APRS Digipeater on 145.825 MHz and a green light laser for attitude determination.
Does anyone know when LAPAN-ORARI is likely to launch ?
73 Trevor M5AKA
All AMSAT-NA members,
One last reminder that your ballots need to be received at AMSAT-NA
headquarters by September 15th, 2012. Remember, this is one of your best
opportunities to make your views on the path of our organization known.
More details, courtesy of the AMSAT News Service, can be found below.
AMSAT Corporate Secretary
Select no more than three of the six listed candidates (in alphabetical
+ Tom Clark, K3IO
+ Steve Coy, K8UD
+ Mark Hammond, N8MH
+ Lou McFadin, W5DID
+ Gould Smith, WA4SXM
+ Patrick E. Stoddard, WD9EWK
The 3 candidates receiving the most votes will become directors serving 2
year terms. The 2 receiving the next highest number of
votes will be seated as alternates for 1 year terms.
You must mail your ballot back to be received at the AMSAT-NA Office no
later than the close of business on September 15, 2012:
850 Sligo Avenue, #600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
It has been a while, but I still have your photo on the wall in the radio
shack. I also have
your listing on a test homepage I cobbled up about 1998. The page was never
You are listed as W5SLL, and your recordings of Sputnik 1
" Roy and his two-year-old daughter would put the radio speaker in a window
and then go outside and listen to the strong signals while they watched the
third stage booster tumbling end over end like a bright pulsating star as it
passed over in the evening sky. Listen with them to this recording of
Sputnik 1 (.WAV (113K) or RealAudio (10K)). This recording was made in
Dallas, Texas on October 7, 1957 at 0457Z using a military surplus AN/FRR3A
HF RTTY receiver."
Quite an achievement Roy.
My first experience was trying to find a satellite, putting the radio on the
then bedding down on the floor of the shack with a sleeping bag and a
pillow, and keeping
an ear open, then, jump up, grab a pen, and note time and direction.
Oscar 10 was my favourite. My first digital was 8J1JBS, and it was to upload
a one liner.. both
James, G3RUH and Freddie, ON6UG uploaded a reply on the same pass. This was
one of the
highlights of my life.
Today my satellite gear is still here, FT736, DSP-12, and G3RUH's modems. My
(KLM's) took a fall, and are all down. The 22C is slightly bent in the
middle. The old PC with
Win 98 and the KCT is still here, and everything is gathering dust. The
and the software development was fantastic.
I was gearing up for AO-40, and have a tuned G3RUH / ON6UG dish here in a
intention was to use it on a camera tripod, but that was not to be.
I miss Amsat, especially all the friends I met there, too many to mention.
so helpful. I reverted back to building a model railroad, and have gone to
MA. railroad show for the past six years or so. Then we to visit a cousin
of Marie's in
Chicago, for about two days, just to say hello, then home.
Nell is right.. I'm five years behind you, and I do not climb ladders. My
26 years ago.. so you have a bit to go yet.. I also developed diabetes, and
I check my
sugar several times a day. Keeping my sugar in check is a great way to
You have done very well at tracing your family history. I had not heard of
Sometimes we take a few days over to Ennistymon, where we stay at the Falls
Hotel. As the
name implies, there is a nice waterfall right beside it. It's just two miles
to Lahinch, where surfing
is very popular.
Delighted to hear from you again.
Say hello to Nell and Rachael.
Tom -- Ei6EH
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roy" <rdwelch(a)swbell.net>
To: "Tom Clarke" <clarket(a)iol.ie>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:09 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Wisp and Windows 7
> Wow! A cherished voice from the past! How in the world are you Tom? So
> very good to hear from you. It was June 12, 1995 when I visited your
> shack in Ireland. I think you were at the 1997 AMSAT-GB meeting when I
> last saw you.
> My 98 with the KCT is idle too, pretty much after the Gateway system
> closed down and the digital birds disappeared. I need a small 10" or so
> monitor to use with the 98 PC. I have an XP and a Win 7 work station I
> use now but still keep the 98 machine setup.
> Nell and I are both in our 80s now and she refuses to let me go up on the
> roof to do antenna work so if and when they need work I will have to do it
> on the sly or get a friend to help me. I had a triple bypass heart
> operation about 18 months ago and have been going to cardiac rehab three
> days a week just to keep in shape. You recall my granddaughter, Rachel,
> sending the small bear, Scotty, around the world. Well, she is married
> and is teaching in Denver, Colorado. Her older sister has two children so
> we are great grand parents now.
> I have been doing some genealogy research, trying to find out when and
> where my Welch ancestors arrived in the country. I have documented my 4th
> great grandfather, Walter Welsh settling in North Carolina in the 1750s
> but have hit a brick wall trying to go back past him. As a result I tried
> the FamilyTreeDNA.com way to see if I could find a relative. I tested to
> 111 DNA markers and the closest match I found is a Max Walsh in Australia.
> His grandfather arrived there from Ennistimon, county Clare, Ireland in
> the 1800s. I match Max Walsh 105 out of the 111 markers, closer than some
> cousins. With that match and the Walsh/Welch/Welsh similarity it supports
> the family traditional tales that our family came to the USA from Ireland.
> I haven't been able to dig back any further, however.
> It's been good to hear from you and I hope you and the family are all OK.
> Stay in touch.
> Roy Welch - W0SL
> On 8/30/2012 11:13 AM, Tom Clarke wrote:
>> Hello Roy.
>> Nice to see you. I still got the KCT and the PC with Win 98, but have
>> sitting idle for a number of years.
>> My current PC and laptop have no slots for the KCT, and run XP.
>> The KCT was a dream come true. I still have the FT736, DSP-12, and
>> G3RUH modems, but lying idle.
>> Best wishes to your family.
>> Tom Clarke - Ei6EH
Does anyone have any further details on the visit to the Kennedy Space
Center planned for the Monday following the Symposium? Martha is away
for the holiday and unavailable.
I'm trying to make plans for that weekend and am trying to figure out
whether it's at all practical to try to pick a late return flight on
Monday. I'd like to take the tour, but I currently have only half the
vacation time that I had in my last two jobs. I'd rather not have to
spend an extra day traveling (and the extra hotel night and meals). Even
knowing that the bus will (probably) be back to the hotel at 6, that
just doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for the logistics of retrieving
baggage left at the hotel and then taking a shuttle to the airport,
getting checked in and through airport security in a comfortable time.
Has been awhile since I posted on the BBS,I hope everyone is enjoying the summer
I have had to reposition my location for my Satellite antennas and now I need some smaller footprint antennas.
The Wimo X Quad antennas for both 2m and 70cm are perfect size for me,has anyone used these antennas,or do you know something similar that would be of similar size and operation ? I live in Canada so shipping from Wimo may get costly ,Has anyone seen a homebrew version of these antennas ?
Thanks to all who read and respond to this post in advance
WiSP does run fine on all Windows versions to date, but the Kansas City
Tracker driver included with it does not run on any version later than
Windows 98. I don't think this will be a problem for anyone since the
KCT has been out of production for a number of years now. Just some of
you old geezers like me still have one running in an old Win 98 machine.
Roy - W0SL