I was going to write a rant about gr-satellites, but then again that would only help me release some of my chagrin and not help met get going, so instead the question in the general interes of this list......
"How can mere mortals start to get going with gr-satellites?"
Been a Linux end-user for 20 years now, so I know my way around, although I can not claim to be an expert. Usually with a quick search online I can find enough info to get going or solve a problem. Even the odd alteration in some source code is not something I am strange to, although a programmer I am not. And then there is GNU Radio.......which almost seems like it comes from another planet. Installing it, no problem with the package manager. I even had success with PyBOMBS, until that wasn't updated anymore. But then, once you get past the basics installation trouble start with OOT modules, dependencies that can't be met, and flow graphs that won't compile. My biggest gripe is that documentation is very minimalist and often tells you how, not why, which doesn't help you in understanding the troubles that you ran into. gr-satellites is a good example of that, because Daniel writes these bare bones flow graphs and then what? There is no view-able output, not many hints on what blocks do, or how to implement them if they are missing.
In short, it seems you first need a four year university course in GNU Radio and Python before you can start using it. That seems silly and a waste of resources, because even I can see the potential of GNU Radio/gr-satellites, especially with this new Taurus-1 sat with Codec-2 transponder around.
So if you please, share your experience in how beginners can set up and use gr-satellites. What are necessary steps? What are pitfalls to avoid? And please also the "why", not only the "what". I guess that apart from me others will also be grateful for this.
On my shack computer I run the latest Kubuntu version with GNU Radio 184.108.40.206 and I guess that is a reasonable starting point because of the popularity of Ubuntu and because it is Debian based. Although since a lot of GNU Radio needs to be compiled by hand is probably won't matter that much.
Reading the above it still does sound a bit like a rant, but it was not written as such, believe me. Cheers for the replies and 73 de Hans