Monday, July 12, 2010

Satellite Tracking Software

I have worked many Satellites since I became an Amateur Radio Operator. Anyways,my favorite software to use is Nova for Windows or NLSA, which has become the most popular Windows-based satellite tracking program in the world. In use by NASA, the U.S. Air Force, industry, and thousands of amateur radio operators, Nova sets the standard for excellence.

Here is a list of some of the most popular software.

  • Footprint - Satellite tracking program
  • Nova For Windows - Real time tracking of an unlimited number of satellites, fast, accurate and easy to use. Automated FTP keps updates. Also support a great number of interface to control rotors azimuth and elevation plus frequency doppler shift.
  • AMSAT Software links - Links for Satellite tracking software and other Satellite information.
  • Real Time Satellite tracking - Select your favorite satellite and watch its trajectory on Google Maps in real time! Includes ISS tracking, Weather, Geostationary, GPS Military, and of course Amateur radio satellites
  • J-Track - With J-Track you can quickly and easily keep track of your favorite orbiting objects.
  • TrakSat WinTrak - Wintrak and traksat, satellite tracking software
  • Winorbit - Satellite Orbital Prediction and Satellite Tracking
  • GorbTrack - GorbTrack or Geostationary Orbit Tracker is a freeware program intended to be an aid in finding geostationary satellites. It produces output helpful in aiming dishes for receiving television broadcast satellites. The program also displays several astronomical values like the positions of the sun and moon
  • WXtrack - Predict the tracks of weather satellites both as paths above the earth, and as images produced by these satellites when scanning the ground.
  • Visual Moon Tracking - Java moon tracking software runs on LINUX, Win 98, Win NT, UNIX, OSF, MacOSX
  • FODtrack Satellite Tracking Interface - Construction tips to build an automatic``satellite tracking rotor controller using``PIC16F877 IC.
  • FUNKBOX Hard&Software - Useful hardware & software for SAT tracking ,logging, Software defined transceivers for SDR and more
  • Big Fat Tail Productions - PocketSat is a full-featured satellite tracking application for PalmOS and PocketPC devices. It is designed to be usable by both experienced satellite trackers as well as novices who are interested in knowing when they can simply look up and see satellites.
Satellites I have worked;

ISS, AO-7, UO-11*, UO-14, AO-16*, LO-17*, UO-22, AO-27, FO-29, GO-32, AO-40, SO-41, NO-44, NO-45, SO-50, AO-51, VO-52, XO-53*, CO-55*, CO-56*, CO-57*, CO-58*


My Stamp Collecting Blog

Counter Added January 1, 2011

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The A index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 1 to 6 is BEST
  • 7 to 9 is OK
  • 11 or more is BAD

Represents the overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Ap" if averaged from the Kp-Index) (an average of the eight 3-hour K-Indices) ('A' referring to amplitude) over a given 24 hour period, ranging (linearly) typically from 1-100 but theoretically up to 400.

A lower A-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Ap-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

SFI index [ HIGH is GOOD ]

  • 70 NOT GOOD
  • 80 GOOD
  • 90 BETTER
  • 100+ BEST

The measure of total radio emissions from the sun at 10.7cm (2800 MHz), on a scale of 60 (no sunspots) to 300, generally corresponding to the sunspot level, but being too low in energy to cause ionization, not related to the ionization level of the Ionosphere.

Higher Solar Flux generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; Solar Flux rarely affects the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

K index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 0 or 1 is BEST
  • 2 is OK
  • 3 or more is BAD
  • 5 is VERY VERY BAD

The overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Kp" if averaged over the planet) over the past 3 hours, measured by 13 magnetometers between 46 & 63 degrees of latitude, and ranging quasi-logarithmically from 0-9. Designed to detect solar particle radiation by its magnetic effect. A higher K-index generally means worse HF conditions.

A lower K-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Kp-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

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