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TrakBox Software anyone?

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by NM3A, Jul 28, 2015.

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  1. NM3A

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    Anyone still using a TrakBox (from AMSAT or from JA6FTL? I am getting a satellite/EME station back together and have a TrakBox that still works well with my rotors. I am having trouble finding software that will work with the unit.

    Supposedly Nova for Windows works, but I can't keep the demo from crashing on my Windows 7 laptop. Hate to shell out money when it doesn't seem to work.

    Dan,
    NM3A
     
  2. N8HM

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  3. KE8AKW

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  4. KA2CZU

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    I'm trying to decide whether to attempt to build a trakbox from a kit just recently purchased.

    Looking at purchasing a box and connectors and seeing about the front panel design etc.

    Software will be next.
     
  5. EA4CMV

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    I have the 360a version but i´m afraid it doesn´t work in 2020. We would need a new software for the next years
    but I don´t know if our friend JA6FTL or somebody could develope a new version.
    Who knows?
     
  6. 7J1ADJ

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    Javier, I am using very 3.60a with no problem in 2021. I have been using it for years. I use the trakbox as a stand-alone unit, but it seems to work with NOVA although I have some issues with it.
     
  7. KF7PSM

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    I believe that any Y2K problems where fixed in 3.50b. Since nobody is producing a trakbox anymore I asked Jamsat to contact the authors to see if they would release the software into Public Domain so we could build our own on newer hardware. In the meantime I am working on an emulated version that will run the original firmware eventually on an Arduino due. https://github.com/pfiliberti/trakboxEmu/wiki
     
  8. 7J1ADJ

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    Sorry for the late response Dan. I have two of there and have been able to get SATPC32 to work with the Trakbox in host mode if I am not mistaken. I have two of these. JA6FTL updated the EPROM for me in 2008 or 2009, I forget. This is version 3.60A, turbo and regular. Email me if I forget to get back with you; (QRZ).
     
  9. 7J1ADJ

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    I have a version that works fine in 2021; I am glad people are still using this. Let me load files to my google drive and share.
     

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  10. 7J1ADJ

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    ****************************************
    * TrakBox-II 80C251 v3.60a *
    * (C) JAMSAT/JA6FTL Sep.22 2013 *
    ****************************************
    ------ MAIN MENU ------
    1. Realtime Tracking.
    2. Display Schedule.
    3. Update Satellite Elements.
    4. Update Station Elements.
    5. Update Realtime Clock.
    6. Configuration.
    7. Host mode.
    8. Direct Antenna control.
    Select [1-8,S,M]: 6
    ======= Configuration Menu ======
    0. Display all configured values
    1. Calibration of antenna span value
    2. Set ADC span value
    3. Set Dead Band and Skew value
    4. Set antenna Parking and Limit position
    5. Monitor ADC value and antenna position
    6. Direct antenna control
    7. Radio CAT port configuration
    8. [Mic-click configuration]
    9. Set default parameter
    Select: 0
    Callsign: 7J1ADJ/JR6 Lat: 26.4 Long: 127.7 Height: 50.0
    ADC span value AZ: 1 - 945 EL: 0 - 612
    Dead band AZ: 3.0 EL: 1.0
    Skew AZ: 0.0 EL: 0.0
    Antenna parking Off
    Rotator limit Off
    Rotator start EL: -2.0 P1.6_on EL: -5.0 P1.6_off EL: -7.0
    Rotor smoke protection Off
    CAT Rig KENWOOD AOS 4800
    Rotor start South
    COM port 9600 Baud 8-N-1
    Press any key to continue
     

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