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RE: A new trakbox like device?



I'm a little behind in my email, so this may have been suggested already...

By wanting a device that can operate all by itself, the most effective tool 
probably *is* a PC.  But, you don't need a big, fire-breathing gamers 
machine; an old PC will do very well.  Or, you can build your own PC from 
some of the small micro-ATX motherboards, an old disk, power supply, and 
some mechanical support (I use plywood :-)).  Call it a custom controller 
that happens to run Windows or Linux.

Just a suggestion,

Greg  KO6TH


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From: Joe Leikhim <rhyolite@nettally.com>
Reply-To: rhyolite@nettally.com
To: amsat-bb-digest@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] A new trakbox like device?
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 00:33:46 -0400

I would be interested. Personally, I would like to "divorce" the PC from the 
ham shack as much as possible. What I would like to see would be a stand 
alone device that could obtain the Kep's directly from the internet via a 
lan or wifi interface. Doppler control is desireable aa well.


Message: 3
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 05:07:28 -0500
From: David Carr <dc@dcarr.org>
Subject: [amsat-bb] A new trakbox like device?

    I was playing with some satellite prediction code yesterday that
could be fairly easily ported to a 32 bit microcontroller.  That got me
to wondering if there would still be any interest in a trakbox-like
stand alone rotator controller.

What applications would such a device have?  Should it control radios as
well?  I'm curious to see if laptop computers have supplanted the need
for such a device.  Ideas and comments welcome...

73s,
David Carr
KD5QGR

--
Joe Leikhim K4SAT
"The RFI-EMI-GUY"

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

"Follow The Money"  ;-P
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