SATELLITE FUN SOFTWARE

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Satellite FUN predicts satellite passes and supports SPID BIG RAS (Rot2Prog) and other rotators like the HR version through HamLib.

Satellite FUN is just a hobby project written to suit my own needs for satellite tracking , especially on X band , where accurate antenna positioning is very important.

Satellite position calculation is done using David Taylor’s DJTSatLib.dll

In the Rot2Prog controller case , it writes commands directly to its serial port (SPID_DIRECT), which allows for faster position update.

SPID_DIRECT mode is what I use on X band , allowing position update every 0.5s.

HamLib tracking is slower as by default position update interval is set to 3s.

Some other features have been added to aid Weather/Earth observation Satellite RX :

-One can launch HDSDR with the proper settings per satellite.

-It programs Kuhne MKU Local Oscillator

-Antenna pointing offsets can be changed on the fly

-There is a favorite satellite list with Satellite TX frequency, Recording sampling rate etc

You can download it from here .

Locate the green “Code” button and click and “Download ZIP” file:

Please read the README file first !

I wrote this for personal use ONLY !

From time to time I correct some bugs or add features.

BUT , don’t let your precious antennas be controlled without supervision. Use with caution and report any bugs to me please !

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For HAMLIB use , you need to edit rotator.bat

For example , for my old Rot2Prog BIG RAS controller , I just have 2 lines.

rotctld -m 901 -r COM4 -s 600
PAUSE

For SPID BIG RAS HR (MD-02), just these 2 lines are needed:

rotctld -m 903 -r COM4 -s 19200
PAUSE

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Please open the config .txt file and edit the paths to HDSDR and HAMLIB as required. You will find the lines below:

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HDSDR_PATH %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\HDSDR\
HAMLIB_BIN_PATH %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\hamlib-w64-4.1\bin\

FYI, in my HDSDR folder I have the following dlls for Airspy and LimeSDR support. If you don’t have these, launching HDSDR will not work.

Some screenshots can be found below :

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