Archive for date: January 13, 2008

Nice NOAA-17 pass today!

January 13, 2008 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I got a pretty good recording of the NOAA17 pass today, and converted it with my software. Turned out very nice. You can see Catalina and San Clemente Island off the coast of California. One of my better ones to date. Addendum: I didn’t use my Radio Shack scanner for this, I used my little […]

Plan 13, in Python

January 13, 2008 | Amateur Radio, Amateur Science, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I’ve made some headway on a project that I thought would be cool to write: porting G3RUH’s Plan 13 Satellite Prediction algorithm to a more palateable language than BASIC. I chose python, and it appears to be mostly working. It reads in the TLE orbital elements (same ones I use in “predict” or “gpredict”) […]

Grump! AO-51 down, command team on it.

January 13, 2008 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sigh. I was gonna work AO-51 this morning, but couldn’t hear the downlink. I shifted to the digital downlink frequency, and could hear it was active. It appears the satellite is temporarily off line. From the amsat-bb mailing list: AO-51 stopped transmitting and went into Boot Loader mode. The command team has reset the satellite […]