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PrimeSat Controller

(Automatic Controller for Satellite Stations)

User Manual

Version 1.5 (March/2006)

General Information

Primetec - Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda. believes the information contained herein is correct and accurate at the time of this printing. Information contained in this publication regarding device applications and the like is intended through suggestion only and may be superseded by updates. However, Primetec - Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda. reserves the right to make changes to this product without notice. The latest updates are available at the Primetec website or by contacting Primetec directly. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application meets with your specifications. No representation or warranty is given and no liability is assumed by Primetec - Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda., with respect to the accuracy or use of such information, or infringement of patents or other intellectual property rights arising from such use or otherwise. Primetec - Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda., does not assume any responsibility for the use of the described product. This Primetec product is not designed for use in life support appliances, devices, or other systems where malfunction can reasonably be expected to result in significant personal injury to the user, or as a critical component in any life support device or system whose failure to perform can be reasonably expected to cause the failure of the life support device or system, or to affect its safety or effectiveness. Primetec - Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda., customers using or selling these products for use in such applications do so at their own risk and agree to fully indemnify Primetec - Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda., for any damages resulting from any improper use or sale.

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Index

1. Introduction......................................................................................................................... 5 2. How it works........................................................................................................................ 6 3. Hardware install.................................................................................................................. 7 3.1. Antenna rotator connection ........................................................................................ 9 3.2. Radio connection.......................................................................................................... 9 3.3. Computer connection................................................................................................. 10 3.4. Jumpers configuration .............................................................................................. 11 4. Software ............................................................................................................................. 13 4.1. USB Virtual COM Port installation......................................................................... 14 4.2. Control software installation .................................................................................... 15 4.3. Configuring the control software ............................................................................. 16 4.3.1. Radio list configuration .......................................................................................17 4.3.2. Satellite list Configuration ..................................................................................18 4.3.3. General options ....................................................................................................19 4.3.3.1. Azimuth and Elevation calibration ............................................................ 19 4.3.3.2. Motor gap configuration ............................................................................. 20 4.3.3.3. Satellite tracking software configuration................................................... 21 4.3.3.4. Data update rate........................................................................................... 21 4.3.4. USB connection test and manual command sending ........................................21 4.4. Connecting to satellite tracking software ................................................................ 22 4.4.1. Configuring Nova for Windows software ...........................................................23 4.4.2. Configuring Hamradio Deluxe software ............................................................24 4.4.3. Configuring SatPC32 software ...........................................................................24 4.4.4. Configuring Orbitron software ..........................................................................25 4.4.5. General DDE connection considerations ...........................................................26 4.5. Antenna rotator control ............................................................................................ 27 4.6. Radio control .............................................................................................................. 27 4.6.1. Icom radio configuration.....................................................................................28 4.6.2. Kenwood radio configuration .............................................................................28 4.6.3. Yaesu radio configuration...................................................................................29 Appendix I ­ FAQ................................................................................................................. 30 Appendix II ­ Radio cables .................................................................................................. 31 Appendix III ­ Rotator cables ............................................................................................. 33 Appendix IV ­ Support ........................................................................................................ 34 -4©2006 Primetec ­ Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda.

1. Introduction

To install a complete satellite communications station, there are several technical points to take care of. A station like this usually has the following equipments: · · · · Emitter/Receiver V/U/SHF; Antenna Rotator; Antennas for several frequency bands; Computer for satellite tracking or station logging;

Of course, one can always use a satellite station in manual mode. The operator is then responsible for all the adjustments to be made during a satellite communication. However, when one is talking through a LEO satellite, in a polar or elliptic orbit, a typical satellite found for amateur satellite service, it is quite difficult to take care of everything, without loosing performance on the communication. Typically one needs to adjust the antenna position, frequencies for uplink and downlink, at regular intervals (every 10 sec at the most). In order to free the operator of this job, so he can focus on the communication itself, one needs a way to make this job accomplished, automatically. PrimeSat Controller is a complete controller for satellite communication stations.

LCD with realtime control data information.

Power LED

LCD contrast adjustment.

Switch to enable / disable rotator movements.

TX / RX data from the PC.

Rotator active movements.

Fig. 1­ PrimeSat Controller front panel The core of the controller is a microcontroller that processes all the signals, digital an analogue, and makes decisions in real time. The interface with the user is a big character LCD that shows all the important information.

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2. How it works PrimeSat Controller uses a microcontroller capable of dealing with all the signals, digital and analogue. Work is done in real time, depending on the received information, from the equipment it is connected to. The most popular antenna rotator on the market, Yaesu G5400/5600 and G5500 are compatible with this system. In the package is included a cable that connects the PrimeSat Controller to the antenna rotator. See chapter 3 that shows the pin out of the connectors available on the rear panel of the equipment. The rotator positions, azimuth and elevation, are collected and converted to digital signals. All the decisions and movements/actions are made according to these signals. Radio equipment used in the satellite station can also be connected to the PrimeSat Controller. A cable is included to connect to the radio. Only the controller cable end is crimped with a RJ11 connector. The other end is free so that user can crimp the correct connector for its radio equipment. Check with your dealer if you need a custom cable ready for your equipment. Connecting the controller to the personal computer is done through the USB (Universal Serial Bus) port. Most PC's sold today, don't carry a RS232 COM port. The USB connection will enable the use of the PrimeSat Controller in future computers. Through this connection, all the information is sent from the computer to the PrimeSat Controller (frequencies, modulations, azimuth, elevation and other control parameters). The interface software is used to configure parameters needed for a normal system operation. All configurations can be changed anytime. After saving, the new configuration takes effect immediately. See chapter 4 to learn more about software usage.

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3. Hardware install PrimeSat Controller has 4 connectors in the rear panel: Rotator ­RJ45 connector for antenna rotator USB ­ Type B connector for personal computer Config ­ IDC 10p connector for radio serial lines configuration, using jumpers Radio ­RJ11 connection for radio equipment

· · · ·

The following picture shows the connectors present on the rear panel:

Fig. 2­ PrimeSat Controller rear panel

All the different connectors are identified in the rear panel to ensure no mistakes connecting equipment.

Note: One should read chapter 3.4 to configure the Config jumpers, according to the radio equipment.

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The following picture suggests how equipments are present in a satellite communication station, and how they connect to the PrimeSat Controller.

Fig. 3 ­ Connecting PrimeSat Controller to the peripherals

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3.1. Antenna rotator connection To connect the antenna rotator, use the supplied cable, and connect it to the respective connector, on the rear panel. The other end, with an 8 pin DIN plug must be connected to the antenna rotator, models G5400, G5600 or G5500 from Yaesu. The RJ-45 connector present on the rear panel of PrimeSat Controller has the following pin out: Legend: 1 ­ Elevation (Input: Analog 0 ­ 5V) 2 ­ Right (Output: Open collector) 3 ­ Up (Output: Open collector) 4 ­ Left (Output: Open collector) 5 ­ Down (Output: Open collector) 6 ­ GND (View at the rear panel) 7 ­ Azimuth (Input: Analog 0 ­ 5V) 8 ­ 12V (+) It is possible to use PrimeSat Controller with different antenna rotators together or separately. To do so, a special Y cable is needed in order to collect all analogue signals from each rotator and deliver control signals to both azimuth and elevation rotators.

3.2. Radio connection Please refer to your radio's User Manual to verify the proper connections in the cable between the PrimeSat Controller and the radio. The PrimeSat Controller has been successfully tested with the following radio models:

Icom IC-706MKII IC-706MKIIG IC-910H

Kenwood TS-790 TS-2000

Yaesu FT-736 FT-847 FT-857

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The RJ-11 connector on the rear panel of PrimeSat Controller has the following pin out: Legend: 1 ­ TX (TTL - PrimeSat Controller to Radio) 2 ­ RX (TTL or RS232 - Radio to PrimeSat Controller) 3 ­ TX (RS232 ­ PrimeSat Controller to Radio) (View at the rear panel) 4 ­ GND

Radios that use RS232 levels must connect to TX pin 3 instead of pin 1. The following models are included: TS-2000 from Kenwood and FT-847 from Yaesu.

3.3. Computer connection To connect the PrimeSat Controller to the computer, one should use the USB type AB cable included in the package. The USB connectors are standard in the electronics industry. The following picture shows the USB connector pin out:

Legend: 1 ­ 5V (+) 2 ­ USB Differential (-) 3 ­ USB Differential (+) (View looking ate the rear panel) 4 ­ GND

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3.4. Jumpers configuration The available jumpers on the rear panel of PrimeSat Controller allow users to configure the electrical signals used to interact with the radio equipment. Among the manufacturers, several different protocols are implemented and used, and it's important to maintain compatibility with the most popular satellite equipments. Therefore, there are 3 jumpers available to invert the TX and RX signals and to change between simple or bus mode. The following picture shows the jumper's positions. It is important to understand how the displayed configuration can be changed. The `C' letter represents the common position:

Fig. 4 - Jumpers positions and pin out grouping The following table shows the possible jumper configurations: 1. No signal inversion in simple mode:

2. With signal inversion in simple mode:

3. No signal inversion in bus mode:

4. With signal inversion in bus mode:

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There are several differences in the electrical characteristics between manufacturers and radio models. The following table shows jumpers configuration for the most popular radios available on the market. The number on this table is related to the type of configuration. Please check the table on the previous page:

Equipment's manufacturer and model: Icom: IC-706MKII/G IC-821H IC-910H

Type of configuration

3 4 4

Kenwood: TS-790 TS-2000 1 1

Yaesu: FT-736 FT-847 FT-857 1 1 2

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4. Software PrimeSat Controller includes a CD with the necessary software for complete system to work properly. This software works with Windows 98, 2000 and XP. In the CD, several directories can be found, with control software, a demo version of Nova for Windows, Hamradio Deluxe, Orbitron, SatPC32 and Mac Doppler for MAC OS X, USB Virtual COM Port driver from FTDI, User Manual in electronic PDF format and Acrobat Reader 6.0. Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 is necessary to read the manual in PDF format. The control software allows the user to adjust all the necessary configurations to interact with the antenna rotator and radio equipment. To use the software, it is necessary to install it first. Read chapter 4.2 for further instructions.

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4.1. USB Virtual COM Port installation Connecting the PrimeSat Controller to the personal computer is done through the USB port. This requires the user to install a small driver that emulates a virtual COM port. To install this driver execute the following steps. With PrimeSat Controller with power OFF, plug in the USB cable on the computer. Windows will recognize the new peripheral automatically. When you are asked to give an install source directory, point to the "FTDI VCP Driver" directory on the CD and follow the steps until the installation is finished. After installation, please open the Windows control panel to check which COM port corresponds to the virtual COM port from FTDI USB chip. The following picture shows the typical peripherals list from Windows, where the available COM ports are also present. In the PrimeSat Controller software, the recently installed USB Serial Port (COMx) can be selected. The TX (Yellow) and RX (Green) leds on the PrimeSat Controller front panel shows the transmitted and received data from the computer.

Fig. 5 ­USB Virtual COM Port

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4.2. Control software installation The CD-ROM included in the package contains a file to install the PrimeSat Controller control software. This software is compatible with Microsoft Windows® 98, 2000 and XP.

Fig. 6 ­ Installing PrimeSat Controller control software To install this software open the directory "Setup" on the CD-ROM and run the file "primesat_controller_setup.exe". Follow the instructions until the installation is successfully completed.

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4.3. Configuring the control software The control software allows one to configure several parameters essential to the system to work correctly.

Fig. 7 ­ Control software main window On the config menu there are three options: Edit Radios, Edit Satellites and Options.

Access all software configurations from this menu.

Fig. 8 - Menu to access all software configurations

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4.3.1. Radio list configuration To add a new radio, click on Add. On the field Name write a name for the radio (usually the radio model). After that, choose Manufacturer and baud rate to be used in the communication. Check radio's baud rate on the radio menu. If the radio is an ICOM, the addresses for uplink and downlink must be entered on the Address fields. HEX values should be used. After finishing configuration, click on Save to store the new radio configuration.

This list box contains all configured radios. You can always add new models or remove.

Insert the radio name. Usually the radio model is the best name to use.

Select you radio model from this list. In some brands, the same name Works on several radios.

Select the radio manufacturer. Only the showed manufacturers are supported.

For Icom radios, insert here the radio address. If different, please insert both TX and RX radio addresses.

Select the baud rate to use in the connection. Some radio models only accept 4800bds.

Add a new radio, Save the current edited radio information, delete the current selected radio, or close the window.

Fig. 9 ­ Radio edit window To remove a certain radio from the list, select it on the top list, and click on Delete. The radio will be removed immediately.

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4.3.2. Satellite list Configuration If you are tracking a satellite not listed, you will not be able to make Doppler Shift correction on uplink and downlink frequencies. To add a new satellite click Add. "<satellite name>" will appear on the field where you must write the satellite name, exactly as it appears on the tracking software. Otherwise control software will not recognize it, and will not load the correct data. Insert the uplink and downlink frequencies. Also select the correct modulations to be used on the satellite. To finish, select the type of repeater onboard the satellite. There are two modes available: normal and reverse. This is important, so the exact Doppler Shift correction can be made, positive or negative. To store the configuration on the list, click on Save.

Select the satellite to edit. Write the satellite name. It must be exactly the same as it is on the satellite tracking software.

Select the correct modulations for the satellite.

Write the uplink and downlink frequencies in MHz.

Add a new satellite, delete the current selected satellite, save the edited configurations, or close the window.

Select the type of transponder link mode.

Fig. 10 ­ Satellites configuration window To delete a satellite from the list, select it on the "Choose:" and click on Delete. When SatPC32 or Orbitron softwares are used, the satellites list internal to PrimeSat Controller software is ignored. All the information is gathered from the satellite tracking software.

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4.3.3. General options Open the Options from Options menu to configure main parameters. On this window the rotator model can be changed, as well as the correction factor to apply to the electric voltages, acquired from the antenna rotator.

Select the rotator model.

Insert the best values that equals the information on the rotator console and the PrimeSat Controller LCD, for azimuth and elevation.

Select the satellite tracking software to be used.

Insert the minimum distance value, in degrees, necessary to make the rotator start a movement.

Save the configuration.

edited

Select the time interval between each packet sent to the PrimeSat Controller.

Fig. 11 ­ General options window

4.3.3.1. Azimuth and Elevation calibration This operation should only be made after the rotator is perfectly calibrated. To calibrate the rotator in the PrimeSat Controller LCD, please follow the steps: 1. Enter the value 128 on the Correction fields (min.: 0 and max.: 255; This values are not Degrees, they have no units!) and click SAVE. 2. Move the rotator to azimuth 450º(G5500) or 180º(right end ­ G5400/5600) and elevation 180º using the YAESU rotator control box switches. 3. Look at the values shown on the PrimeSat Controller LCD. 4. If the value read is lower than the rotator real position, increase the Correction value in 5 units (Ex: 128 + 5 insert 133). If the value read is higher, decrease it in 5 units. If you can't reach the real rotator position, please decrease the rotator - 19 ©2006 Primetec ­ Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda.

potentiometer(s) "OUT VOLTAGE ADJ." as shown on the picture below, until the value on the LCD starts to decrease. Fix this new potentiometer position.

Fig. 12 ­ YAESU G5400/5500/5600 rotator control box rear panel

5. This process is done in a trial and error basis, until the best result is reached. Observe on the PrimeSat Controller LCD the result of the current value. It is necessary to click on Save after each change, to store the configuration.

4.3.3.2. Motor gap configuration The minimum value that executes a movement on the antenna rotator can also be configured. The "motor gap" fields can assume a value that stops movements to occur, for small differences, during a satellite window. Write the values that best fit the station mechanical characteristics, for azimuth and elevation. This feature is very useful when the antenna rotator has some recess. For values below the configured ones, the rotator will not move.

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4.3.3.3. Satellite tracking software configuration The satellite tracking software must be installed in the station computer. Configure which software you are using, as well as the time interval between packets sent to the PrimeSat Controller. The available options are: Nova for Windows, Hamradio Deluxe, SatPC32 and Orbitron. Choose the option to use for satellite tracking and click SAVE.

4.3.3.4. Data update rate Choose the right interval between packets meet your needs. Values are available from 0.5 to 30 seconds.

4.3.4. USB connection test and manual command sending The USB connection can be tested before the DDE connection is established to the satellite tracking software. To do so, open the Tools menu option "Test connection" as shown on the following picture:

Fig. 13 ­ Opening the USB connection test and manual command sending window When the window is opened, first it is necessary to click on Scan if USB connection is working. After that, one can send manual commands to the hardware unit. The virtual COM used is the one selected on the main window. The Status text window shows the selected port when the Scan is started. If PrimeSat Controller is found, the following message appears: "Found PrimeSat Ctrl vx.x" (vx.x is the firmware version detected).

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This function is only compatible for firmware v1.3 or higher. For previous versions, the Scan function will always retrieve the message "PrimeSat Ctrl not found!".

Fig. 14 ­ USB connection test and manual command sending window After the scan is successfully finished, the manual values can be edited. Press Send Data button to send the new data. On the PrimeSat Controller LCD the new values can be read.

4.4. Connecting to satellite tracking software The connection between the control software and the tracking satellite software is done through DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) internal to the Windows operating system. Before initiating the connection, one must choose the correct COM port to be used. It is the one already installed, that emulates a virtual COM port through USB cable to PrimeSat Controller. The main window shows a list of COM ports available on Windows system. (Attention! The list is updated only at startup. If you connect the USB cable after starting the software, the PrimeSat Controller COM port will not show up on the list). Choose the correct one that corresponds to the USB driver from FTDI (see chapter 4.1). To make the DDE connection, first start the satellite tracking software. After it is running, click on Connect to DDE button. If the software is running ok, the first satellite data will appear on the main window immediately, for the selected satellite. If a DDE connection error occurs, please certify that the tracking software is well configured. - 22 ©2006 Primetec ­ Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda.

4.4.1. Configuring Nova for Windows software First run Nova for Windows software. Open the "Antenna Rotator" option on the Setup menu. The following picture shows how to choose the DDE configuration.

In Nova for Windows select "DDE only" rotator interface.

Fig. 15 ­ Configuring DDE on Nova for Windows software

Now click OK button to update the configuration. PrimeSat Controller software can now be connected trough DDE. See section 4.3.3.3. that explains how to choose the satellite tracking software to be used.

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4.4.2. Configuring Hamradio Deluxe software First run the software and open the "Satellite Tracker" option on the Tools menu. A new window will open. On the last tab (DDE) select "Nova" for output format and click Start.

Select NOVA format for DDE output data.

Fig. 16 ­ Configuring DDE output data on Hamradio Deluxe software When the window up-left corner starts to spin, the software is ready. PrimeSat Controller software can now be connected trough DDE. See section 4.3.3.3. that explains how to choose the satellite tracking software to be used.

4.4.3. Configuring SatPC32 software First run the software and open the "Options" menu. A new window will open. Click on the "DDE rotor" and "DDE Cat" to turn on all DDE output.

Click on DDE Rotor and DDE Cat to turn on all DDE output data.

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4.4.4. Configuring Orbitron software To configure DDE on the Orbitron please follow the steps: 1. Open directory "<orbitron difrectory>/Config/". <orbitron difrectory> is the directory where you have your Orbitron installed. 2. Edit file "Setup.cfg" with NOTEPAD or other text editor. 3. Add the following text:

### CUT HERE ### [System] DDEdriver=PSatCtrl

[Drivers] PSatCtlr=<primesatctrl_directory>\PrimeSatController.exe ##END OF CUT ####

NOTE: The <primesatctrl_difrectory> is the directory where you have your PrimeSat Controller software installed. 4. Save the file and exit editor. 5. Run Orbitron. 6. Goto to MENU "ROTOR/RADIO" as shown on the following picture.

Choose ROTOR/RADIO tab to select PSatCtrl software after editing Orbitron configuration file.

Fig. 18 ­ Configuring DDE on Orbitron software

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7. Select PSatCtlr. 8. Click the square button on the right "Run selected driver and start sending data". The PrimeSat Controller software will start automatically. Now, on the PrimeSat Controller software select Orbitron software on the "Mainoptions" menu. 9. Click "Connect to DDE" on the main window. See section 4.3.3.3. that explains how to choose the satellite tracking software to be used.

4.4.5. General DDE connection considerations When the DDE connection is working correctly, the data will appear on the main window, until one of them stops. The shown data refers to the selected satellite being tracked at the moment. The collected data is the name of the satellite, azimuth, elevation and Doppler Shift correction, or uplink, downlink and modulations depending on the software being used. The following pictures show the main window when a DDE connection to the satellite tracking software is open, and data is being received.

Fig. 19 - Main window with DDE connection open to the satellite tracking software

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4.5. Antenna rotator control With a DDE connection open, you can turn on or off the antenna rotator control, at any time. This feature is very useful when manual control is desired, hindering that the computer and the PrimeSat Controller might interfere with each other. To activate the antenna rotator control, click on the Rotator Control is Off button. The button always shows the present state. When is activated, the button message changes to "Rotator Control is On". The switch on the PrimeSat Controller front panel can always be used to turn On and Off the rotator control. It can be useful in case of a computer crash.

Fig. 20 ­ Rotator control button

4.6. Radio control The radio control can also be activated or deactivated at any time. Click on the buttons that contains the messages "Uplink is Off" and/or "Downlink is Off to activate them. After activating, the messages on the buttons change to "Uplink is On" and/or "Downlink is On ".

Fig. 21 ­ Radio control buttons Before starting Doppler correction, one must select the correct frequency bands on the radio. For example, if the satellite to track is the ISS (International Space Station), the Uplink VFO must be set to 435MHz (70cm) and the Downlink VFO to 144MHz (2m). This refers specially to Kenwood and Yaesu radios. If this configuration is not done, the Doppler correction will not work.

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4.6.1. Icom radio configuration

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IC821H e IC910H The IC821H and IC910H models from Icom must be configured so that the band

corresponding to the Uplink frequency appears on the Main VFO (top VFO on the IC910H). The band corresponding to the Downlink frequency must be configured to appear on the Sub VFO (bottom VFO on the IC910H). The most common baud rate for these models is 9600 baud/s.

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IC706MKII/G The IC706MKII and IC706MKIIG models from Icom were not designed for full-

duplex operation. Although, tracking to a single VFO at a time can still be done. It is necessary to configure the VFO to the band corresponding to the desired frequency, Uplink or Downlink, and click the button on the software, to activate the control. The most common baud rate for these models is 9600 baud/s.

4.6.2. Kenwood radio configuration

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TS790 The TS790 model from Kenwood must be configured to SAT (key 4 on the numeric

keyboard) mode. The band corresponding to the Uplink frequency must appear on the Main VFO. The band corresponding to the Downlink frequency must appear on the Sub VFO. Both VFO's must be configured to VFO A. The baud rate for this model is 4800 baud/s.

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TS2000 The TS2000 model from Kenwood must be configured to SAT (key SATL). The band

corresponding to the Uplink frequency must appear on the Main VFO. The band corresponding to the Downlink frequency must appear on the Sub VFO. The CTRL icon will change from VFO to VFO, while tracking is turned on. The most common baud rate for this model is 9600 baud/s. - 28 ©2006 Primetec ­ Engenharia de Sistemas, Lda.

4.6.3. Yaesu radio configuration

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FT736 The FT736 model from Yaesu must be configured so that the band corresponding to

the Uplink frequency appears on the Main VFO. The band corresponding to the Downlink frequency must appear on the Sub VFO. The baud rate for this model is 4800 baud/s.

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FT847 The FT847 model from Yaesu must be configured so that the band corresponding to

the Uplink frequency appears on the Main VFO. The band corresponding to the Downlink frequency must appear on the Sub VFO. The most common baud rate for this model is 9600 baud/s.

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FT857/897 The FT857 and FT897 models from Yaesu were not designed for full-duplex

operation. Although, tracking to a single VFO at a time can still be done. It is necessary to configure the VFO to the band corresponding to the desired frequency, Uplink or Downlink, and click the button on the software, to activate the control. The most common baud rate for these models is 9600 baud/s.

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Appendix I ­ FAQ

1. When I try to connect to DDE, the Virtual COM Port returns an error, constantly. When this happens, with the DDE connection closed (You can click on "Disconnect from DDE" while the error message is on the screen), unplug the USB cable, wait a few seconds (about 5 secs.) and plug the cable again. After that, the USB connection is detected again by Windows. You can now "Connect to DDE" again. 2. My DDE connection is open, but the satellite information is not being updated. Sometimes DDE connection stops normal updating. To solve this problem, disconnect from DDE and connect again. If it doesn't solve the problem, close both PrimeSat Controller and Satellite tracking softwares. 3. My radio is not being updated. Confirm if your radio is well configured in the "Edit Radios". After that, make sure you selected the correct radio on the "Choose Radio" combo box on the main window. 4. The rotator azimuth and elevation values are not correctly calibrated. Please read chapter 4 section 4.4 that explains how to calibrate rotator analog signals and PrimeSat Controller LCD values. Follow the steps shown.

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Appendix II ­ Radio cables

KENWOOD TS-790

Serial Cable (For remote control)

Shunt

DIN 6 PIN - MALE

1 (Orange)

RJ-12 ROUND CABLE

1 (Orange) 2 (White) 3 (Green) 4 (Red)

3 (Green) (Red) 4

(View from solder side)

KENWOOD TS-2000

Serial Cable (For remote control)

1 6 2

DB9 - FEMALE

3 7 8

4 9

5

RJ-12 ROUND CABLE

1 (Orange) 2 (White) 3 (Green) 4 (Red)

Shunt

(Green) 3

2 (White)

1 (Orange)

(View from solder side)

ICOM (All Models)

Serial Cable (For remote control)

JACK 3.5mm MONO MALE

3 (Green)

RJ-12 ROUND CABLE

1 (Orange) 2 (White) 3 (Green) 4 (Red)

1 (Orange)

(View inside the connector)

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YAESU FT-736

Serial Cable (For remote control)

DIN 6 PIN - MALE

1 (Orange)

RJ-12 ROUND CABLE

1 (Orange) 2 (White) 3 (Green) 4 (Red)

3 (Green) (Red) 4

(View from solder side)

YAESU FT-847

Serial Cable (For remote control)

1 6 2

DB9 - FEMALE

3 7 8

4 9

5

RJ-12 ROUND CABLE

1 (Orange) 2 (White) 3 (Green) 4 (Red)

(White) 2

3 (Green)

1 (Orange)

(View from solder side)

Mini-DIN 8pin

YAESU FT-857/897

Serial Cable (For remote control)

RJ-12 ROUND CABLE

1 (Orange) 2 (White) 3 (Green) 4 (Red)

(Red) 4

1 (Orange)

3 (Green)

(View from solder side)

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Appendix III ­ Rotator cables

YAESU G-5400, G-5500, G-5600 Rotators

DIN 8pin RJ-45 ROUND CABLE

1 (Black) 2 (Red) 3 (Brown) 4 (Blue) 5 (White) 6 (Yellow) 7 (Orange) 8 (Green)

1

2

6

8

4 7

3

5

(View from solder side)

YAESU G-800SDX. G-1000SDX. G-2800SDX Rotators

Mini-DIN 6pin RJ-45 ROUND CABLE

1 (Black) 2 (Red) 3 (Brown) 4 (Blue) 5 (White) 6 (Yellow) 7 (Orange) 8 (Green)

+12V 1

Ground 3

2 Azimuth 5 Left 7 Right

(View from solder side)

PrimeSat Controller

Rotator cable description

RJ-45 ROUND CABLE

1 - +12V 2 - Azimuth (input to PrimeSat Ctrl) 3 - GND 4 - Down (output from PrimeSat Ctrl 5 - Left (output from PrimeSat Ctrl 6 - Up (output from PrimeSat Ctrl 7 - Right (output from PrimeSat Ctrl 8 - Elevation (input to PrimeSat Ctrl

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Appendix IV ­ Support Primetec created a mailing list for PrimeSat Controller clients and users. In this mailing list you can share experiences, ask for any doubts that might occur, discuss several topics, as well as receive news from us, for upgrades, promotions and new accessories. To join the mailing list, use your internet connection and open the following address in your browser (Internet Explorer or other compatible):

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PrimeSATCtrl/

When the page is open, click on the "Join this Group" button. You must create a Yahoo account to proceed with the group subscription. The system will warn you for this fact. Follow the steps to complete the account creation, if you need to do so. There are always moderators present in the PrimeSatCtrl group, to answer customers and general user's questions.

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