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Today's Topics:

   1. Re: Spid RAS rotor issue (Dimitry Borzenko)
   2. Re: Spid RAS rotor issue (Dave Webb KB1PVH)
   3. FS: Yaesu FT100D HF/VHF/UHF all mode radio (John Geiger)
   4. CM79 Activation (Anthony Wiese)
   5. SatPC32 12.8d & Yaesu FT-991A (not an option) (Clayton W5PFG)
   6. Spid RAS rotor issue (Clayton W5PFG)
   7. Re: Spid RAS rotor issue (Harald)
   8. ARRL release (2)
   9. Online telemetry forwarder problem (Ken Swaggart)
  10. Re: SatPC32 12.8d & Yaesu FT-991A (not an option) (Alan)
  11. Portable Sat Station (mattpatt@????????.????
  12. Re: Portable Sat Station (Bryan KL7CN)


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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:28:17 +0000
From: "Dimitry Borzenko" <dibor@?????.???>
To: "AMSAT -BB" <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
Message-ID: <em5d23ae8a-9c7e-45b3-a0b7-a81a01700c63@???????????>
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset=utf-8

Hi
Green Heron controller is good idea but price is as RAS rotator and his
controller.


------ Original Message ------
From: "Dave Webb KB1PVH" <kb1pvh@?????.???>
To: "kb2m" <kb2m@????.???>
Cc: "AMSAT -BB" <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Sent: 11.07.2018 16:12:01
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue

>Jeff,
>
>I went through 2 Rot2Prog controllers in less than a year. The relays
>seem
>to be a big problem. I bit the bullet and bought a Green Heron
>controller
>and haven't had any problems.
>
>Dave-KB1PVH
>
>
>Sent from my Galaxy S9
>
>On Wed, Jul 11, 2018, 8:43 AM <kb2mjeff@???.???> wrote:
>
>>Looks like the elevation up relay is fried in my RAS controller box.
>>I'm
>>going to take Harald's advice and replace all 4. Before I order the
>>parts
>>has anyone else experienced a relay failure with their RAS? If so what
>>relay
>>did you replace it with, make, part # ?
>>
>>I'm at this time running the controller and rotor at 13.8 volts, was
>>going
>>to try 28 volts to the rotor with the Spid approved mod, but now not
>>so
>>sure
>>:-)
>>
>>73 Jeff kb2m
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Harald
>>Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:07 PM
>>To: kb2mjeff@???.???
>>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
>>
>>Hello Kb2m jeff,
>>
>>I don't know if you have ELFA over there but from elfa the part
>>nr. is PCB power relay 12VDC 400mW 137-44-376.
>>
>>It is more or less a standard relay.
>>
>>They are a littel bit hard to get out of the pcb but I used
>>solder sucking wick as they called it, you may have to resolder
>>some points to get it totally free.
>>Not too much heat, ,,,,take some breaks :-)
>>
>>good luck in finding them.
>>
>>Harald
>>la7qta
>>
>>
>>
>>Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:34:25 AM, you wrote:
>>
>>
>> > Hi Harald. thank you for the reply. I'm sure my control box has a
>>failed
>> > relay also. I hear a faint click when going both ways in azimuth,
>>but
>>only
>> > hear a click on down elevation. So I'm sure the up elevation relay
>>is
>> > defective. I'm going to take your advice and swap out all four
>>relays.
>> > Would
>> > you be so kind to give me a part number and a source of the relays
>>you
>> > replaced with. Thanks in advance....
>>
>> > 73 Jeff kb2m
>>
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Harald
>> > Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:07 PM
>> > To: kb2mjeff@???.???
>> > Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
>>
>> > Hello Kb2m jeff,
>>
>> > I recently had the exact same problem but the rotor was running.
>> > To get it out of that position I took the plug out of the az
>> > conn. and put the conn. from ez into az and drove it all the way
>> > around again. they are equaly pinned. test which way you have to
>> > rotate with the az buttons,,,,(or connect 12v with the right
>> > polarity to the ez plug directly),,,,,,, much easyer to use the az
>>conn.
>>
>> > I replaced the 4 relays, zeroed the controller and all is working
>> > again.
>>
>> > The relays are some cheap ones so the best is to change them
>> > anyway.
>> > I have used it for 3 years and had truble before with those.
>>
>> > Hope this will help in solving your problems !
>>
>> > Best 73's
>>
>> > Harald
>> > LA7QTA
>>
>> > PS: questions,,,just ask !
>>
>>
>> > Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 12:32:26 PM, you wrote:
>>
>> >> I?m having a problem with my RAS rotor at my winter home. When I
>>turned
>> >> it
>> >> on yesterday, after an absence of about 2 months the elevation went
>>into
>> >> a
>> >> complete backflip when powered up, and is jammed against the roof
>>with
>>an
>> >> elevation reading of 195 degrees on the control box.  I?m at my
>>Florida
>> >> home for just a few weeks to do some fishing, so before starting to
>>work
>> >> on it to maybe speed up the repair process a bit I?m asking here if
>> >> anyone
>> >> else had this problem. When the roof dries off I plan on going up
>>there
>> >> and remove the antennas before trying to move the rotor, to
>>diagnose.
>> >> Right now the azimuth will turn, but the elevation is stuck, it
>>wont
>>move
>> >> up or down. I?m hoping it is just jammed into the roof, once
>>unstuck
>> >> hopefully all it would need is a re-calibration. Thanks for any
>>useful
>> >> information....
>>
>> >> 73 Jeff kb2m
>>
>>
>>
>>---
>>This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.
>>https://www.avg.com
>>
>>_______________________________________________
>>Sent via AMSAT-BB@?????.???. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
>>to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership.
>>Opinions
>>expressed
>>are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views
>>of
>>AMSAT-NA.
>>Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite
>>program!
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>>
>_______________________________________________
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>to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership.
>Opinions expressed
>are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views
>of AMSAT-NA.
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>program!
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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:52:29 -0400
From: Dave Webb KB1PVH <kb1pvh@?????.???>
To: Dimitry Borzenko <dibor@?????.???>
Cc: AMSAT -BB <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
Message-ID:
<CAEMY9Ffecx8GwKg4OMFWZLdxZMgN1Pavs20D65fGCUa9pYOgPA@????.?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

Dimitry,

 I agree that the Green Heron is very expensive after spending a large
amount on the rotor. I wasn't really happy about having to do it, but I
also wasn't happy about the stock controller not working twice in a year.

Dave-KB1PVH


Sent from my Galaxy S9

On Wed, Jul 11, 2018, 9:30 AM Dimitry Borzenko <dibor@?????.???> wrote:

> Hi
> Green Heron controller is good idea but price is as RAS rotator and his
> controller.
>
>
> ------ Original Message ------
> From: "Dave Webb KB1PVH" <kb1pvh@?????.???>
> To: "kb2m" <kb2m@????.???>
> Cc: "AMSAT -BB" <amsat-bb@?????.???>
> Sent: 11.07.2018 16:12:01
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
>
> >Jeff,
> >
> >I went through 2 Rot2Prog controllers in less than a year. The relays
> >seem
> >to be a big problem. I bit the bullet and bought a Green Heron
> >controller
> >and haven't had any problems.
> >
> >Dave-KB1PVH
> >
> >
> >Sent from my Galaxy S9
> >
> >On Wed, Jul 11, 2018, 8:43 AM <kb2mjeff@???.???> wrote:
> >
> >>Looks like the elevation up relay is fried in my RAS controller box.
> >>I'm
> >>going to take Harald's advice and replace all 4. Before I order the
> >>parts
> >>has anyone else experienced a relay failure with their RAS? If so what
> >>relay
> >>did you replace it with, make, part # ?
> >>
> >>I'm at this time running the controller and rotor at 13.8 volts, was
> >>going
> >>to try 28 volts to the rotor with the Spid approved mod, but now not
> >>so
> >>sure
> >>:-)
> >>
> >>73 Jeff kb2m
> >>
> >>-----Original Message-----
> >>From: Harald
> >>Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:07 PM
> >>To: kb2mjeff@???.???
> >>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
> >>
> >>Hello Kb2m jeff,
> >>
> >>I don't know if you have ELFA over there but from elfa the part
> >>nr. is PCB power relay 12VDC 400mW 137-44-376.
> >>
> >>It is more or less a standard relay.
> >>
> >>They are a littel bit hard to get out of the pcb but I used
> >>solder sucking wick as they called it, you may have to resolder
> >>some points to get it totally free.
> >>Not too much heat, ,,,,take some breaks :-)
> >>
> >>good luck in finding them.
> >>
> >>Harald
> >>la7qta
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:34:25 AM, you wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> > Hi Harald. thank you for the reply. I'm sure my control box has a
> >>failed
> >> > relay also. I hear a faint click when going both ways in azimuth,
> >>but
> >>only
> >> > hear a click on down elevation. So I'm sure the up elevation relay
> >>is
> >> > defective. I'm going to take your advice and swap out all four
> >>relays.
> >> > Would
> >> > you be so kind to give me a part number and a source of the relays
> >>you
> >> > replaced with. Thanks in advance....
> >>
> >> > 73 Jeff kb2m
> >>
> >>
> >> > -----Original Message-----
> >> > From: Harald
> >> > Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:07 PM
> >> > To: kb2mjeff@???.???
> >> > Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
> >>
> >> > Hello Kb2m jeff,
> >>
> >> > I recently had the exact same problem but the rotor was running.
> >> > To get it out of that position I took the plug out of the az
> >> > conn. and put the conn. from ez into az and drove it all the way
> >> > around again. they are equaly pinned. test which way you have to
> >> > rotate with the az buttons,,,,(or connect 12v with the right
> >> > polarity to the ez plug directly),,,,,,, much easyer to use the az
> >>conn.
> >>
> >> > I replaced the 4 relays, zeroed the controller and all is working
> >> > again.
> >>
> >> > The relays are some cheap ones so the best is to change them
> >> > anyway.
> >> > I have used it for 3 years and had truble before with those.
> >>
> >> > Hope this will help in solving your problems !
> >>
> >> > Best 73's
> >>
> >> > Harald
> >> > LA7QTA
> >>
> >> > PS: questions,,,just ask !
> >>
> >>
> >> > Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 12:32:26 PM, you wrote:
> >>
> >> >> I?m having a problem with my RAS rotor at my winter home. When I
> >>turned
> >> >> it
> >> >> on yesterday, after an absence of about 2 months the elevation went
> >>into
> >> >> a
> >> >> complete backflip when powered up, and is jammed against the roof
> >>with
> >>an
> >> >> elevation reading of 195 degrees on the control box.  I?m at my
> >>Florida
> >> >> home for just a few weeks to do some fishing, so before starting to
> >>work
> >> >> on it to maybe speed up the repair process a bit I?m asking here if
> >> >> anyone
> >> >> else had this problem. When the roof dries off I plan on going up
> >>there
> >> >> and remove the antennas before trying to move the rotor, to
> >>diagnose.
> >> >> Right now the azimuth will turn, but the elevation is stuck, it
> >>wont
> >>move
> >> >> up or down. I?m hoping it is just jammed into the roof, once
> >>unstuck
> >> >> hopefully all it would need is a re-calibration. Thanks for any
> >>useful
> >> >> information....
> >>
> >> >> 73 Jeff kb2m
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>---
> >>This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.
> >>https://www.avg.com
> >>
> >>_______________________________________________
> >>Sent via AMSAT-BB@?????.???. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
> >>to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership.
> >>Opinions
> >>expressed
> >>are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views
> >>of
> >>AMSAT-NA.
> >>Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite
> >>program!
> >>Subscription settings: http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb
> >>
> >_______________________________________________
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> >to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership.
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> >are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views
> >of AMSAT-NA.
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> _______________________________________________
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> to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
> expressed
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> AMSAT-NA.
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>


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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:36:29 -0500
From: John Geiger <af5cc2@?????.???>
To: AMSAT <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] FS: Yaesu FT100D HF/VHF/UHF all mode radio
Message-ID:
<CAHC1P29g1=Fj6dPj+o3fMMLf+SU9r1BF7yarjxgrrF71-epbmw@????.?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

 I have for sale a Yaesu FT100D HF/6m/2m/70cm transceiver in nice condition
that operates like it should, with one small issue. This is the model that
does 100 watts on HF and 6 meters, 50 watts on 2 meters, and 20 watts on
70cm.

This would make a nice rig for part of a satellite station.  Just get
another 2 meter or 70cm all mode radio and you are ready to do full duplex
on the satellites.  It is small enough to take portable on satellite grid
expeditions as well.

It has DSP noise reduction, mic equalization, an auto notch filter, and a
very effective audio peak filter for CW, and bandpass filtering (AF DSP)
for SSB.  Also has a built in CW memory keyer, and SWR meter.

It is a 2000 year model and has had the SWR/Grounding mod done to it. Being
a D model it has the 500hz CW filter, TCXO, and CTCSS decode options
installed in it at the factory.

I tried to plug a couple of different CT-62 computer control cables into
the CAT port on the end of the pigtail on the FT100D, and I couldn't get
them to fit right. Not sure if there is something wrong with the jack. You
might not be able to do computer control with this radio

It comes with the power cord, and a almost new MH-48 hand mic. A previous
owner did install a couple of circular rubber feet on the front bottom, but
these won't interfere with the prop up feet if you want to use them.


I am asking $420 shipped in the US for the radio, and can take
paypal/check/MO.

73 John AF5CC


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Message: 4
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:20:33 +0000 (UTC)
From: Anthony Wiese <anthonywiese@?????.???>
To: amsat-bb@?????.???
Subject: [amsat-bb] CM79 Activation
Message-ID: <473773261.2288260.1531322433289@????.?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

I'm looking to activate CM79 this Saturday and maybe Sunday.? I'll be on the
FM Birds as well as 20 and 40m.? This is a recon expedition for a grander
activation later on in the year.? I hope to become proficient on the Linear
Birds by then to use them next time.? Wish me luck,AnthonyKG6LHW.

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Message: 5
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:50:51 -0500
From: Clayton W5PFG <w5pfg@?????.???>
To: "amsat-bb@?????.???? <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] SatPC32 12.8d & Yaesu FT-991A (not an option)
Message-ID: <20180711155054.C953F7FCE@??????????.?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"


I would like to test my Yaesu FT-991A with SatPC32 version 12.8d, but
neither FT-991 or YaesuII are available options as described in the latest
help menu Radio->Hints or Yaesu README file.

I recently migrated from SatPC32 version 12.8c to 12.8d on my testbed
computer.  I followed the normal instructions (DataBackup, uninstall 12.8c,
install 12.8d as Administrator.) I?ve done this many times and have
configured SatPC32 to control a half-dozen different radios over the years.
On my latest attempt I did not restore the DataBackup and attempted to
configure a ?fresh? copy of 12.8d, but the radio options are not available.

Is anyone successfully using SatPC32 version 12.8d to control a Yaesu
FT-991A? I would like to compare files with you.

73,
Clayton
W5PFG


------------------------------

Message: 6
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:55:56 -0500
From: Clayton W5PFG <w5pfg@?????.???>
To: "amsat-bb@?????.???? <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
Message-ID: <20180711155609.9B74087F8@??????????.?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

I eliminated all my issues with the AlfaSpid RAS/HR & MD-01 controller by
migrating from using SatPC32 to PSTrotator software for rotor control.
SatPC32 did not have the correct incremental steps and more importantly it
does not read any feedback from the controller when it is sending commands.
You will definitely have problems, potentially hazardous mechanical aiming
issues, if you attempt to use the AlfaSpid+SatPC32 for anything other than
360 degree rotation.  My recommendation is use PSTrotator natively to
control/direct Spid movements (and NOT feed with DDE instructions from other
applications.)

73
Clayton
W5PFG



------------------------------

Message: 7
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:37:31 +0200
From: Harald <haralok@?????.???>
To: "amsat-bb@?????.???? <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Spid RAS rotor issue
Message-ID: <5510111025.20180711183731@?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

Hello Clayton,

I am using Orbitron to track sat's via dde and that has worked
very well and no trouble except hardware (relays) as Jeff
probably having.
But I also using pstrotator on the eme setup,,very good
pice of sw.
The MD-01 controller is much more reliable I think so people
that order a spid rotor should include that instead of rot2prg.

Harald
la7qta


Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:55:56 PM, you wrote:

> I eliminated all my issues with the AlfaSpid RAS/HR & MD-01 controller by
migrating from using SatPC32
> to PSTrotator software for rotor control. SatPC32 did not have the correct
incremental steps and more
> importantly it does not read any feedback from the controller when it is
sending commands.
> You will definitely have problems, potentially hazardous mechanical aiming
issues, if you attempt to
> use the AlfaSpid+SatPC32 for anything other than 360 degree rotation.  My
recommendation is use PSTrotator
> natively to control/direct Spid movements (and NOT feed with DDE
instructions from other applications.)

> 73
> Clayton
> W5PFG

> _______________________________________________
> Sent via AMSAT-BB@?????.???. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
> to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
expressed
> are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of
AMSAT-NA.
> Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!
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--
Best regards,
 Harald                            mailto:haralok@?????.???



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Message: 8
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:41:06 -0400
From: 2 <rsoifer1@???.???>
To: amsat-bb@?????.???
Subject: [amsat-bb] ARRL release
Message-ID: <1648a37bb33-179e-12afc@?????????????.???.???????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-urges-regulatory-regime-to-keep-non-amateur-sate
llites-off-amateur-spectrum

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Message: 9
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:03:36 -0700
From: "Ken Swaggart" <k.swaggart@???????.???>
To: <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Online telemetry forwarder problem
Message-ID: <001d01d41939$1bb453a0$531cfae0$@???????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="utf-8"

I've been using DK3WN's Online Telemetry Forwarder for the past year to
upload 9600 baud Cubesat telemetry to the SatNogs database. Two days ago,
after a PC restart, it stopped receiving KISS data from UZ7HO's High-Speed
Sound Modem.

I've checked that the KISS ports are correct and there are no other
demodulators running. The HS sound modem displays the telemetry data, but
nothing shows up on the Online Telemetry Forwarder even though it shows the
port is connected. I'm running both programs as Administrator.

OS is Win10.
The Online Telemetry Forwarder is ver 1.0.14b
HS sound modem is ver 0.19b.
I'm using KISS port 8100 between the telemetry forwarder and the sound modem.
HS Sound Modem has "KISS Optimization" checked and is displaying the
received data, so it's working.

Any troubleshooting suggestions appreciated!

73,
Ken, W7KKE



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Message: 10
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:18:50 -0500
From: "Alan" <wa4sca@?????.???>
To: "'Clayton W5PFG'" <w5pfg@?????.???>,	<amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] SatPC32 12.8d & Yaesu FT-991A (not an option)
Message-ID: <000001d4194b$fff51380$ffdf3a80$@?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="utf-8"

Clayton,

There are currently two versions of 12.8d on the download page.  The second
has the name satpcsetup_a_128d_991.ZIP.  I downloaded that, and on the radio
setup page, there is a "Yaesu II" selection along with the regular Yaesu,
Icom, and Kenwood.  Selecting that, and the FT-991 comes up.

73,

Alan
WA4SCA


<-----Original Message-----
<From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@?????.???? On Behalf Of
<Clayton W5PFG
<Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:51 AM
<To: amsat-bb@?????.???
<Subject: [amsat-bb] SatPC32 12.8d & Yaesu FT-991A (not an option)
<
<
<I would like to test my Yaesu FT-991A with SatPC32 version 12.8d, but neither
<FT-991 or YaesuII are available options as described in the latest help menu
<Radio->Hints or Yaesu README file.
<
<I recently migrated from SatPC32 version 12.8c to 12.8d on my testbed
<computer.  I followed the normal instructions (DataBackup, uninstall 12.8c,
<install 12.8d as Administrator.) I?ve done this many times and have
configured
<SatPC32 to control a half-dozen different radios over the years. On my latest
<attempt I did not restore the DataBackup and attempted to configure a
<?fresh? copy of 12.8d, but the radio options are not available.
<
<Is anyone successfully using SatPC32 version 12.8d to control a Yaesu
FT-991A?
<I would like to compare files with you.
<
<73,
<Clayton
<W5PFG
<_______________________________________________
<Sent via AMSAT-BB@?????.???. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
<to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
<expressed
<are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of
AMSAT-
<NA.
<Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite
<program!
<Subscription settings: http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb



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Message: 11
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:20:58 -0500
From: mattpatt@????????.???
To: amsat-bb@?????.???
Subject: [amsat-bb] Portable Sat Station
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Hi All,

I've been inactive for several years now and have started to get the
itch again to get back into doing some Amateur Radio related.  I've
often thought about trying to get on some of the linear and FM sats as
apparently I live in a somewhat rare grid.  EM23?  Anyway I have a
FT-897 and FT-857 that I plan to use along with a dual band arrow
antenna that I used several years ago during field day one time.  I have
CAT cables for the radios on order for rig control.  I will probably go
with SATPC32 for software unless someone has an idea on something better
but it needs to be PC based.  Maybe free?  Right now the plan is to
either hold the arrow antenna or mount to a tri-pod.  I need all of this
to be as portable as possible as I am currently unable to setup a
station at my QTH.  Am I missing anything?  Any suggestions?


73 Matt
W5LL


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Message: 12
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:11:38 -0700
From: Bryan KL7CN <bryan@?????.???>
To: mattpatt@????????.???
Cc: amsat-bb@?????.???
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Portable Sat Station
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Hello, Matt!

Since you mentioned an Arrow and a tripod, I think you mean to use the setup
in a portable situation! Excellent!

I use an FT-897 for uplink, an FT-817 for downlink, and an Arrow -- similar
to your situation.

May I suggest that you consider trying it out manually first without CAT
control. It is fairly straightforward -- with some practice -- to learn how
to manually adjust for Doppler. And, since you use the FT-897, it has the
spotting function that I find handy from time to time and that I found
especially handy while learning to tune Doppler manually.

As for the Arrow, a tripod is a great way to start but you will find that
most of the very active operators hold it by hand. The chief reason for this
is to be able to control the axial rotation -- some tripods can also do this
but many don't. You really need to be able to quickly rotate the Arrow on
its axis to maximize downlink signals -- like flicking your wrist.

Lastly, consider using an inline MP3 recorder so that logging takes less
effort during operation. Since you have separate radios, you will be able to
hear (and record) your downlink just fine.

So, to the point of being as portable as possible: imagine me grabbing
iPhone (for GoSatWatch), MP3 Recorder, iPod headset, extra male-to-male
audio cable, Yaesu mic, FT-897, and FT-817 and racing through the house to
the garage. While I wait for the garage door to open I grab the Arrow. I set
up everything on a flat surface outside -- talk to Patrick WD9EWK about the
special features offered by pink trash bins -- and track the Arrow by hand.
So much fun!

-- bag

Bryan KL7CN/W6
Location: CM98, usually
E-Mail: bryan@?????.???
Telephone/SMS: 408-836-7279

> On Jul 11, 2018, at 12:20, mattpatt@????????.??? wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> I've been inactive for several years now and have started to get the itch
again to get back into doing some Amateur Radio related.  I've often thought
about trying to get on some of the linear and FM sats as apparently I live
in a somewhat rare grid.  EM23?  Anyway I have a FT-897 and FT-857 that I
plan to use along with a dual band arrow antenna that I used several years
ago during field day one time.  I have CAT cables for the radios on order
for rig control.  I will probably go with SATPC32 for software unless
someone has an idea on something better but it needs to be PC based.  Maybe
free?  Right now the plan is to either hold the arrow antenna or mount to a
tri-pod.  I need all of this to be as portable as possible as I am currently
unable to setup a station at my QTH.  Am I missing anything?  Any suggestions?
>
>
> 73 Matt
> W5LL
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