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RE: Solving the need for ISA or USB slots and Serial Ports



Hi David

Spooky. I had considered this idea too.
http://www.alphamicro.net/product499.htm looks like an easy bet - it looks
like it makes a virtual COM port over ethernet, so it would be compatible
with existing prediction software.

73 Howard G6LVB

-----Original Message-----
From: David Beach [mailto:VE3STI@rac.ca]
Sent: 02 July 2003 16:15
To: Howard Long
Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Solving the need for ISA or USB slots and Serial
Ports


A belated comment on this subject but...

How much effort/cost is required for an Ethernet interface on the
rotator controller, rather than USB/serial/parallel/etc? As more people
end up with Ethernet on their home/ham computers, the idea of having
the rotator on the network seems appealing - 'just' connect it to the
hub/router/switch and any machine could operate it. Anybody have
experience with this? Or thoughts in general?

David
VE3STI

On Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at 10:54  AM, Howard Long wrote:

>> The other question that comes to mind: why is this aspect
>> of the amateur satellite program so tightly bound to obsolete
>> hardware? Where are the PCI/USB tracking systems?



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