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Re: Email Satellite pass predictor



Alan K. Adamson wrote:

> Some of you may have used my email based predictor for satellite passes.
> I've revised it to include a "long report" that will show not only the
> AZ/EL, but also the solar angle, distance away from the observer, Squint
> angle to the observer and the MA.  All of this information is given to you
> in small time increments.

That a wonderful service, Alan. In my local copy of SatTrack I've added 
the transponder schedule to modes.dat (which has to be updated with the 
attitude data anyhow), currently as:

Mode:      BCN   0 - 255
Mode:      RUDAK 40 - 99
Mode:      XPDR 100 - 179
Mode:      RUDAK 180-239

which makes the MD column work nicely:

03:34:22 169.7   51.1  57656.9 49.9   +5.38  195.3   176.1  159 XPDR V *
04:34:22 189.1   50.9  54801.0 52.2   +7.37  194.8   172.8  173 XPDR V *
05:34:22 206.6   47.6  50987.7 54.8   +9.67  194.2   168.9  186 RUDAK D
06:34:22 220.4   42.3  46030.4 58.0  +12.50  193.3   164.2  200 RUDAK D
07:34:22 230.3   36.0  39617.5 62.1  +16.22  192.0   158.1  213 RUDAK D
08:34:22 235.8   29.7  31198.6 68.2  +21.61  189.9   149.7  227 RUDAK D
09:34:22 232.4   24.9  19647.7 79.5  +30.69  185.9   135.3  240 BCN D

How are you massaging the ALON/ALAT to enter it in modes.dat? I'm 
putting it in directly and think I'm getting +Z referenced squint, 180 
deg out from the -Z face where the ears are....so a SatTrack squint of 
175 deg is actually 5 deg squint.

73 de Maggie K3XS
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