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Re: Now HERE is a stupid question...



Use true north and align it with the North star.  It has worked for my
station for many years.

Jim....W5VZF.


Dr. Jim Akers
Dept. of Electrical 
and Computer Engineering
Miss. State Univ. 


On Sun, 26 Dec 1999, Timothy S. Zibrat wrote:

 > Fellow Hams:
 > 
 > I'm about to install my first az/el satellite antenna system (yeah!).  The
 > stupid question is:
 > 
 > When I align my antennas, do I use magnetic north or true north?  If the
 > answer is true north, how do I find my "offset value" to add or subtract
 > from magnetic north?  Is there any offset for elevation?
 > 
 > The point being, (other than the obvious being able to point my antennas at
 > the darn satellite) I want to automate my system eventually, and I was
 > wondering what the satellite tracking programs use.
 > 
 > Just wondering...
 > 
 > Thanks,
 > Tim
 > K3TZ
 > 
 > 
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