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Author Topic: need a good satellite program  (Read 6942 times)
WB3HUS
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« on: April 01, 2014, 11:28:46 PM »

Hi
name is rich I need a good satellite finding program to find the satellites when they are in hearing distance. Does anyone know where I can obtain one.
Thanks
Rich (wb3hus)
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W5PFG
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 07:12:16 AM »

SatPC32
Nova for Windows
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K6LCS
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 09:58:18 AM »

Look at the suggestions on the TRACKING page at ...

http://www.work-sat.com

... where you'll find links to freeware, Shareware, and commercial programs -
and some FREE sources of sat pass info, like ...

Nova for Windows - $60
PocketSat+ for Palm, Pocket PC - $25
PocketSat3 for iPhone, touch, iPad - $25
MacDoppler  - $80-100
SATPC32 - $45-50
GPREDICT - Linux / Mac OS / more - free
HamSatDROID - free for now ...
SATme  Blackberrys - $15 - SITE DOWN
GoSatWatch - iPhone/touch/iPad - $10

Online FREE Tracking Info ...

AMSAT - Adjust pass times for GMT!
Heavens Above - Chris Peat’s site

Get into the habit of updating your Keplerian data weekly ... especially if
you’re thinking of working the ISS - since its orbit is repositioned often.

There are many other sat tracking programs out there. But if it hasn’t been
updated in several years ... nor has any immediate support for users - then
I just don’t recommend it for hams starting out working the satellites. We’re
here to make this FUN and EASY for you!

Clint K6LCS
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Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 05:55:19 PM »

Look at the suggestions on the TRACKING page at ...

SATme  Blackberrys - $15 - SITE DOWN

There are many other sat tracking programs out there. But if it hasn’t been
updated in several years ... nor has any immediate support for users - then
I just don’t recommend it for hams starting out working the satellites. We’re
here to make this FUN and EASY for you!

Clint K6LCS

I could never make SATme work on three different series of Blackberries and never got a lick of support from the author.  It was Java-based and not a native BB application.  I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 07:32:36 PM »

Must be a reason the site has been down ... I do not own a Blackberry myself. just had a couple folks recommend the program to me 'cause it worked for them.

Let's remove it ...

Clint
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2014, 02:51:06 PM »

For PCs there's a nice one called   Orbitron   and its free.
Goo-Goo it.

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2014, 08:30:38 PM »

Orbitron is one of those programs that I just do not recommend to those new to this aspect of the hobby.

I mean, it has not been updated since 2005 ... and no immediate support from the author is available.

That said - it DOES work well for many.

But I just like to get folks into this with programs for which they can get immediate answers to overcome
any problems ... THEN, as they "get used to" this new topic, they can branch out and discover other programs -
and other birds (SSB and telemetry birds and more!).

Clint K6LCS
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2014, 10:38:55 AM »

I use GPREDICT which works flawlessly both in Windows (yes, but don't think Windows will run flawlessly because of it then, hi hi) and Linux (which always runs flawlessly by definition... hi hi).
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