Okay, so here is what I do to help with Keps and SatPC32:
First, get a Space Track account
Second, get TLE Retriever 3 working manually.
Then, use a batch file like this one to combine numerous files into one--and copy to the correct location in SatPC32. You can select amateur3.txt as the source for keps, and the new birds, cubesats, etc. are all in one big file.
I call it updatekeps.bat and have Windows run every nite in the wee hours of the morning as a scheduled event. You can also run the .bat file manually
Edit paths/folders/usernames to match your system!!!!
copy "C:\Users\hammond\Documents\My TLEs\CelesTrak\amateur.txt" + "C:\Users\hammond\Documents\My TLEs\CelesTrak\tle-new.txt" + "C:\Users\hammond\Documents\My TLEs\CelesTrak\cubesat.txt" "C:\Users\hammond\Documents\My TLEs\CelesTrak\amateur3.txt"
copy "C:\Users\hammond\Documents\My TLEs\CelesTrak\amateur3.txt" "C:\Program Files\SatPC32 12.7\Kepler"
This is not a tutorial and comes with no support. But maybe it will inspire somebody...makes my life easier!
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]
I've been off the air since before Thanksgiving, due to an impossible
work and personal schedule. Things are slowing down now, and I'd really
like to work some contacts through A0-73. Can someone walk me through
adding A0-73 to SATPC32? I'd like to keep it within the group of
satellites that are in the "amateur.txt" Kep file if possible.
Ditto for adding it to Nova for Windows. I know that someone posted
instructions like this shortly after the satellite was launched, but it
appears that the object number and keps may be out of date now? I'd like
to install the new bird with the latest information.
Thanks for helping the newbie!
Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
6M VUCC #1712
Grid Bandits #222
Southeastern VHF Society
Central States VHF Society Life Member
Six Club #2484
Active on 6 Meters thru 1296, 10GHz & Light
Adding AO-73 in SatPC32 is very simple if you use AMSAT's keps file
called nasa.all. This file contains the AO-73 Keps together with the
Keps for all the other active ham satellites. The satellite names are
already in the familiar format.
You can assign AO-73 to one of the 12 quick-access "letters" on the
lower right corner of the main SatPC32 screen. If you have an
unassigned letter, open the "Satellites" menu and simply double-click
AO-73 in the "Available" list, and AO-73 will be assigned to the next
unused letter in the "Selected" list.
Paste the following text into the Doppler.SQF text file. Open the file
directly from the SatPC32 program using the menu "?" -> Auxiliary Files
Then you're all set to go. With Doppler.SQF text as specified above,
the program will default to the beacon. To switch to the transponder
you need to click the CAT menu and select the transponder data line. If
you reverse the two AO-73 lines in Doppler.SQF the program will default
to the transponder instead of the beacon.
Wayne Estes W9AE
Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik
FYI - I have submitted my request to the local decision-makers to be active
as W1AW/0 from Minnesota. I have not heard back yet. It would be for some
time between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4th.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Stoetzer <n8hm(a)arrl.net>
To: "amsat-bb(a)amsat.org" <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:41:09 -0500
Subject: [amsat-bb] ARRL Centennial QSO Party - Satellite Operations
Does anyone have plans to be active on the satellites as W1AW/X? First up
is W1AW/4 in North Carolina and W1AW/8 in West Virginia for the week of
Contact your state/territory/district's hosts and get W1AW portable
operations on the birds for this year long event!
I'll be activating W1AW/3 in the District of Columbia on the birds during
the week of July 2nd and I'll be posting detailed operating plans as that
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
I've got an Alliance U-1xx (not sure which, I thought it was labeled,
but I cannot find it). Reading an online manual says if the light stays
on after rotating, the rotor and control box should be re-synced and to
follow the instructions on the bottom of the control box. I don't have
those instructions. Does anyone know how to re-sync this rotor?
Joel - W4JBB
I sent a message to paul, but no answer. Not even sure any messages from
amsat.org are getting to me at all.
On 12/16/2013 5:45 PM, Bruce wrote:
> might you deal with the administrator, paul, kb5mu. i am sure talking
> with him might be more fruitful than a lot of messages back and forth
> on the amsat-bb.
> i am sure all it takes is one spam message sent to the bb and the
> domain will be caught and treated as a spam site.
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone <http://overview.mail.yahoo.com?.src=iOS>
> *From: * Joe Leikhim <rhyolite(a)leikhim.com>;
> *To: * <APBIDDLE(a)MAILAPS.ORG>; <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>;
> *Subject: * [amsat-bb] Re: Confirm Message (Moderator please help??)
> *Sent: * Mon, Dec 16, 2013 9:44:17 PM
> I am still not receiving daily digests since Nov 26. Apparently
> SPAMCOP has blacklisted it repeatedly. Who is the adminstrator for
> www.amsat.org Whois: ISP University of California, San Diego
> 18.104.22.168 listed in bl.spamcop.net (127.0.0.2)
> If there are no reports of ongoing objectionable email from this
> system it will be delisted automatically in approximately 23 hours.
> Causes of listing
> * System has sent mail to SpamCop spam traps in the past week (spam
> traps are secret, no reports or evidence are provided by SpamCop)
> * SpamCop users have reported system as a source of spam less than 10
> times in the past week
> Additional potential problems
> (these factors do not directly result in spamcop listing)
> * Too many delisting requests were made. Next request might be allowed
> after 5.0 days
> Because of the above problems, express-delisting is not available
> Listing History
> In the past 20.1 days, it has been listed 6 times for a total of 18.4 days
> Dispute Listing
> If you are the administrator of this system and you are sure this
> listing is erroneous, you may request that we review the listing.
> Because everyone wants to dispute their listing, regardless of merit,
> we reserve the right to ignore meritless disputes.
> Dispute listing of 22.214.171.124
> On 12/15/2013 6:42 AM, Alan wrote:
> > Joe,
> > This is a problem which has been around for some time, and is
> getting worse. Small ISPs, and some
> > larger ones, use spam control programs such as Spam Cop and Iron
> Key. They have various ways of
> > detecting spam sources, and these are blocked at the ISP level, so
> you never see the messages sent to
> > you. Unfortunately they block entire domains, such as AMSAT.ORG,
> usually for 24 hours unless the
> > block is reset. If your ISP is blocked, you have about a 50-50
> chance of getting a bounce message
> > when you send a message.
> > I have to get my internet from a small rural phone company, and
> eventually had to give up on using
> > their email. Their domain was frequently blocked, so I never knew
> whether email would go through.
> > When I found out about a problem, I could contact their tech people
> who were good about fixing it, but
> > the same thing might happen the next day. I finally moved to Gmail,
> which is so huge no one would
> > dare block them, and they have resources to handle incoming spam.
> > 73s,
> > Alan
> > WA4SCA
> > <-----Original Message-----
> Of Joe Leikhim
> > <Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2013 8:01 PM
> > <Subject: [amsat-bb] Confirm Message (Moderator please help??)
> > <
> > <I just got the following message from AMSAT-BB implying a
> > <problem sending the digest to my e-mail account. Can anyone
> > <tell me if I am alone with this problem? I had another person
> > <complain of bounces to my account. I really want to fix this
> > <if I can. My ISP Inmotionhosting claims that dome other e-mail
> > <servers are blocked globally due to spam. I have no idea how
> > <to fix this.
> > <
> > <I had to resubscribe to the BB.
> > <
> > <
> > <"Your membership in the mailing list AMSAT-BB has been disabled due to
> > <excessive bounces The last bounce received from you was dated
> > <30-Nov-2013. You will not get any more messages from this list until
> > <you re-enable your membership. You will receive 1 more reminders like
> > <this before your membership in the list is deleted.
> > <
> > <To re-enable your membership, you can simply respond to this message
> > <(leaving the Subject: line intact), or visit the confirmation page at"
> > <
> > <--
> > <Joe Leikhim
> > <
> > <
> > <Leikhim and Associates
> > <
> > <Communications Consultants
> > <
> > <Oviedo, Florida
> > <
> > <
> > <407-982-0446
> > <
> > <WWW.LEIKHIM.COM
> > <
> > <_______________________________________________
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> > <satellite program!
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> > <
> -- Joe Leikhim
> Leikhim and Associates
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> Oviedo, Florida
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Leikhim and Associates
New TLE's for the DNEPR launch have been issued, we believe that
Triton-1 is object M.
1 39427U 13066M 13326.98436826 -.00002391 00000-0 -39688-3 0 10
2 39427 97.7901 39.5474 0120424 185.3601 174.6374 14.64539763 201
Meanwhile, Triton-1 is still in nominal mode, transmitting AX.25 BPSK on
145.822MHz. Reception reports, especially in case the satellite is in
safe mode (transmitting the safe mode CW beacon) are welcome!
73 on behalf of the team,
Wouter Jan Ubbels PE4WJ