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Re: keps for earthbound objects



Predict is open source, so it should be a simple matter of inserting some 
code in the satellite selection routine to recognize a fixed satellite and 
then just point the antennas (output the appropriate az/el string to the 
serial port).  You could probably rig the keps and use one of the many 
fields as a flag for "fixed satellite", then pick another field for the 
azimuth.  Should be a simple enough hack...

Greg  KO6TH


----Original Message Follows----
From: "Eric Fort" <eric.fort@gmail.com>
To: "Glenn Little WB4UIV" <glennmaillist@bellsouth.net>
CC: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: keps for earthbound objects
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 13:30:19 -0700

The antennas in this case are fixed, though a movable solution would be
nice.   the problem is how to get the tracking program to point the antennas
at a fixed spot and keep them pointed there.  I'm considering the assembly
of a sat-gate that will do double duty on sats and terrestrial work so the
antennas need to be able to "track" both types of targets.  notice the
quotes around "track"...ultimately I'd like to just specify an oblect (norad
catalogue number or lat/lon) remotely and have the antennas point and remain
pointed at the object as my station and/or the remote station (object)
moves.  Im thinking to just have the tracking program pull the right set of
keps....but I need to create them first!  I'm also open to ways to do this
in ways that may be easier.  suggestions are welcome.

Eric

On 8/13/07, Glenn Little WB4UIV <glennmaillist@bellsouth.net> wrote:
 >
 > I guess that you have the rotor on a moveable platform such as a truck,
 > spacecraft. watercraft, etc.
 >
 > The look angle to the fixed object is the reciprocal of the angle
 > generated
 > by the tracking program.
 >
 > It should work if the antennas are mounted 180 degrees from where they
 > would normally be mounted.
 >
 >
 > 73
 > Glenn
 > WB4UIV
 >
 >
 >
 >   At 05:13 AM 08/13/07, Eric Fort wrote:
 > >at certain times I would like an automated az-el rotor run by predict to
 > >"track" a fixed point on earth, say for instance a local mountain top.
 > >could a set of keps be derived such that this just looks like yet 
another
 > >satellite?  How would this be done?  Is there an easier way?
 > >
 > >
 > >KG6KQT
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