Checklist

In the console:

  • Start your radio - AirSpy, SDRplay, NetSDR+Downconverter, ...

In the satellite tracking window:

  • Options (refer to the Options page):
    • Set your home location - indicated with a  marker.
    • Enable Doppler correction (used for frequency correction).
    • If using a rotator make sure it is configured (DDE, Nova or Orbitron).
  • Enable satellite tracking - the first button in the Home pane of the ribbon bar.
  • Select a satellite (below).
Selecting A Satellite

Press the Select button in the Home pane of the ribbon bar, the Select Satellite window is displayed. By default all satellite definitions in your TLE data files are available (see Options), restrict this list by favourite definition or visibility. Filter the list by entering text in the Filter field - this is case-insensitive.

Highlight an entry in the list, then press Select.

Satellite List

Add your selected (current) satellite to the Satellite List in the ribbon bar by pressing Add Current. The satellite list is a convenient way of quickly accessing your most frequency used satellites.

Frequencies

For the current satellite you define a list of frequencies (both receive and transmit) and optionally a home URL. Press Organise to display the definitions for the current satellite. Define as many entries as required.

The ribbon bar is updated with these definitions when the satellite selection changes.

Auto Apply

Check the Auto apply 1st entry options to load the first entry in the receive and/of transmit list when a satellite is selected. If you use this option then you will not need to set the receiver to the correct mode and frequency, something easily forgotten.

In this example Receive is enabled.

 

Passes

Use the Passes window (selected from the view pane of the ribbon bar) to display the next passes for one or more satellites.

You select either:

  • A specific satellite,
  • The current satellite, or
  • All satellites in the Satellite List.

Use the Min elev drop-down to filter out passes with very low peak elevations.

Use the slider under the map to see the satellite's footprint at any part of the currently selected pass.

 
External Radio

This software supports an external radio such as the FT-991, IC-706 or any other radio which can be controlled via a serial port.

The radio display is selected from the View pane of the ribbon bar.

The window tracks the radio's frequency and optionally applies Doppler correction for the current satellite.

Do NOT start a radio in this window and start the External Radio built into the console window - they will conflict with each other!

To Do

The external radio support will be extended to provide full tracking between transmit (radio) and receive (SDR) frequency, as part of this a more advanced display will be written. This is planned for 2016.