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Re: TrakBox Help Needed or advise on USB Sat Controller



Why not build a dedicated tracking PC with an ISA motherboard?  They're a 
dime a dozen on E-Bay (heck, I have at least 3 laying around at the 
office...), and don't even have to be anything spectacular:  I still use a 
Pentium 266 I whipped up for our club's tracking computer (with a KCT). 
Cost:  zero.  All parts were scavenged from upgrades or obsolete trashed 
PC's at work, even the monitor (a 13-inch VGA that I couldn't even GIVE 
away).  The only reason I can think of not to is if space is too limited.

George, KA3HSW


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Gayle" <pgayle@porchlight.ca>
To: <amsat-bb@Amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:36 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] TrakBox Help Needed or advise on USB Sat Controller


> Folks,
> I am trying to get my old A0_13 station back on the air and find myself
> in the same boat as most with a KCT card and a computer without an ISA
> slot.
>
> I did pickup a used TrakBox several years ago and am trying to get it to
> talk with my computer via RS232.
>
> The TrakBox will control my G5400 fine in stand alone mode but of
> course, the keps and time are way off.
>
> I did download a version of the TBU (Trak Box Updater) software but find
> that it does not want to run without the freq.dat file.
>
> Even though I managed to put this file in the path directory, WINXP
> tells me that it cannot access that file.
>
> Is there anyone out there uses this unit on a regular basis that can
> shed some light on this?
>
> If not, I would be curious in hearing comments about which USB based
> controller to get.
>
> SATPC32 does an excellent job of controlling the FT-847 doppler so rotor
> control is the important issue.
>
> (Does NOVA not control Doppler?)
>
> Thanks,..Peter VA3PK
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