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  • c.brasell@xtra.co.nz
    Hello David, Built a HQA antenna and with a uniden scanner have been enjoying getting weather maps, via WXtoimg, for some months, mainly from Noaa 19. As 15
    Message 1 of 14 , Apr 19, 2017
      Hello David,
      Built a HQA antenna and with a uniden scanner have been enjoying getting weather maps, via WXtoimg, for some months, mainly from Noaa 19. As 15 and 18 are variable and usually cropped to display only an inch or two of picture for some reason, anyway a big interest for me at the bottom of NZ, thank you.


      All this time I have been trying to get a picture with WXTrack, and re-reading the notes to see what is missing. It seems to be something with the file names...
      I wonder whether someone could point me in the right direction, then I might be able to move on to get something from a geostationary satellite, before I get to 80.


      Charles Brasell
      Invercargill
      ZL4DX




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    • David J Taylor
      Hello David, Built a HQA antenna and with a uniden scanner have been enjoying getting weather maps, via WXtoimg, for some months, mainly from Noaa 19. As 15
      Message 2 of 14 , Apr 20, 2017
        Hello David,
        Built a HQA antenna and with a uniden scanner have been enjoying getting
        weather maps, via WXtoimg, for some months, mainly from Noaa 19. As 15 and
        18 are variable and usually cropped to display only an inch or two of
        picture for some reason, anyway a big interest for me at the bottom of NZ,
        thank you.

        All this time I have been trying to get a picture with WXTrack, and
        re-reading the notes to see what is missing. It seems to be something with
        the file names...
        I wonder whether someone could point me in the right direction, then I might
        be able to move on to get something from a geostationary satellite, before I
        get to 80.


        Charles Brasell
        Invercargill
        ZL4DX
        ==================================

        Charles.

        WXtrack is not image reception software, but it can read certain files to
        compare with the predicted pass. Is that what you are trying? The file
        names will be to the SatSignal processed standard.

        73,
        David GM8ARV
        --
        SatSignal Software - Quality software written to your requirements
        Web: http://www.satsignal.eu
        Email: david-taylor@...
        Twitter: @gm8arv
      • c.brasell@xtra.co.nz
        Hello David, thanks for the prompt reply. Could you please explain use of the make picture command. Charles Brasell ZL4DX [Non-text portions of this message
        Message 3 of 14 , Apr 20, 2017
          Hello David, thanks for the prompt reply.


          Could you please explain use of the "make picture" command.


          Charles Brasell
          ZL4DX


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        • David J Taylor
          Hello David, thanks for the prompt reply. Could you please explain use of the make picture command. Charles Brasell ZL4DX ===============================
          Message 4 of 14 , Apr 21, 2017
            Hello David, thanks for the prompt reply.

            Could you please explain use of the "make picture" command.

            Charles Brasell
            ZL4DX
            ===============================

            Charles,

            Select satellite, date, time and direction. Press Make picture.
            Pseudo-colour picture appears on left of screen.

            For more information please see the Help, Contents, Ground Path Tab.

            73,
            David GM8ARV
            --
            SatSignal Software - Quality software written to your requirements
            Web: http://www.satsignal.eu
            Email: david-taylor@...
            Twitter: @gm8arv
          • Joe Puma
            Greetings. I m wondering why you are not able to get NOAA 15 or 18 as I get good signals from these birsds. I may have theory though. These two birds always
            Message 5 of 14 , Apr 21, 2017
              Greetings. I'm wondering why you are not able to get NOAA 15 or 18 as I get good signals from these birsds. I may have theory though. These two birds always seem to be close to one another and I've seen Orbitron (I don't use WXTrack) switch the frequency on my SDR application. So I'm not sure if that's happening to you and your getting a little portion of image from the capture.


              Also I believe these two birds change their contrast channel where you see bars on the corner of image are either black or white then they switch to opposite contrast. After the image is fully captured wximage splits this image in two when rendering the various composites because of this contrast difference.


              Instead of using a scanner which is a cool old fashioned way of doing it, you might want to grab a Rtl-SDR dongle and laptop and try it that way. I like looking at signals on the waterfall. I enjoy the visual aid.


              Hope you get to those geostationary sats as well. I'm trying for GOES myself and I would like to be able to successfully capture HRPT as well in the L Band. Going to need a motorized dish for that I guess.


              Joe,
              KD2NFC




              Sent from my iPhone


              > On Apr 20, 2017, at 5:50 AM, 'David J Taylor' gm8arv@... [SatSignal] <SatSignal@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
              >
              > Hello David,
              > Built a HQA antenna and with a uniden scanner have been enjoying getting
              > weather maps, via WXtoimg, for some months, mainly from Noaa 19. As 15 and
              > 18 are variable and usually cropped to display only an inch or two of
              > picture for some reason, anyway a big interest for me at the bottom of NZ,
              > thank you.
              >
              > All this time I have been trying to get a picture with WXTrack, and
              > re-reading the notes to see what is missing. It seems to be something with
              > the file names...
              > I wonder whether someone could point me in the right direction, then I might
              > be able to move on to get something from a geostationary satellite, before I
              > get to 80.

              >
              > Charles Brasell
              > Invercargill
              > ZL4DX
              > ==================================

              >
              > Charles.
              >
              > WXtrack is not image reception software, but it can read certain files to
              > compare with the predicted pass. Is that what you are trying? The file
              > names will be to the SatSignal processed standard.
              >
              > 73,
              > David GM8ARV
              > --
              > SatSignal Software - Quality software written to your requirements
              > Web: http://www.satsignal.eu
              > Email: david-taylor@...
              > Twitter: @gm8arv
              >
              >




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            • minhfred2004
              Hello Joe If you are interested in receiving HRPT, it’s perhaps a good idea, to become a member of the Dutch Werkgroep Kunstmanen (Workgroup Artifical
              Message 6 of 14 , Apr 22, 2017
                Hello Joe

                If you are interested in receiving HRPT, it’s perhaps a good idea, to become a member of the Dutch Werkgroep Kunstmanen (Workgroup Artifical Moons). In the quarterly magazine (in Dutch with an Englisch pdf translations) is a lot of information about receiving and decoding HRPT and even METOP!

                They also offer kits for building receivers and antennas.

                See http://www.kunstmanen.net/index.php/contact/english http://www.kunstmanen.net/index.php/contact/english for contact infromation.

                Regards

                Fred


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              • Joe Puma
                Thank you Fred, I will look into it. Joe Sent from my iPhone ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                Message 7 of 14 , Apr 23, 2017
                  Thank you Fred, I will look into it.


                  Joe


                  Sent from my iPhone

                  > On Apr 22, 2017, at 11:38 PM, fred@... [SatSignal] <SatSignal@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
                  >
                  > Hello Joe
                  >
                  > If you are interested in receiving HRPT, it’s perhaps a good idea, to become a member of the Dutch Werkgroep Kunstmanen (Workgroup Artifical Moons). In the quarterly magazine (in Dutch with an Englisch pdf translations) is a lot of information about receiving and decoding HRPT and even METOP!
                  >
                  > They also offer kits for building receivers and antennas.
                  >
                  > See http://www.kunstmanen.net/index.php/contact/english http://www.kunstmanen.net/index.php/contact/english for contact infromation.
                  >
                  > Regards
                  >
                  > Fred
                  >
                  > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  >
                  >


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                • c.brasell@xtra.co.nz
                  Yes operation is as you say, I was expecting a picture on the other side for comparison. Is it necessary to load a file from another program such as WxtoImge
                  Message 8 of 14 , Apr 23, 2017
                    Yes operation is as you say, I was expecting a picture on the other side for comparison. Is it necessary to load a file from another program such as WxtoImge on this page.?
                    WXtoImage:
                    While talking about images I am finding most of my saved images are being cropped to a few inches .
                    This was mainly happening with Noaa 15 and 18 but is now happening with Noaa19 and I am loosing my weather pictures which are very good as they are being made. What could be causing this?


                    Charles Brasell
                    Invercargill


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                  • c.brasell@xtra.co.nz
                    Hi Joe Good to hear from Long Island - thanks for the comments. I had a bit of a chuckle at cool old fashioned way of doing it . Well I bought a rtl-sdr
                    Message 9 of 14 , Apr 23, 2017
                      Hi Joe

                      Good to hear from Long Island - thanks for the comments.
                      I had a bit of a chuckle at "cool old fashioned way of doing it".
                      Well I bought a rtl-sdr dongle and have been getting a handle on it over the past few days and it was running OK.But It stopped yesterday with an error 'side by side configuration incorrect', which I have not managed to fix yet but hope to before the new Version 3 model arrives.
                      The spread spectrum is fascinating if you never had access to it before and I will look forward to getting the weather pics with it.
                      With noaa 15 and 18 I have never had a weather picture showing cloud formation, only greyscale maps with some concentrations of black dots (rain ?)


                      Cheers


                      Charles Brasell
                      ZL4DX
                      Invercargill


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                    • David J Taylor
                      Yes operation is as you say, I was expecting a picture on the other side for comparison. Is it necessary to load a file from another program such as WxtoImge
                      Message 10 of 14 , Apr 23, 2017
                        Yes operation is as you say, I was expecting a picture on the other side for
                        comparison. Is it necessary to load a file from another program such as
                        WxtoImge on this page.?
                        []
                        Charles Brasell
                        Invercargill
                        ========================================

                        Charles,

                        Please see the Help:

                        Contents, Requirements, File names and locations, Satellite image file
                        names

                        Cheers,
                        David
                        --
                        SatSignal Software - Quality software written to your requirements
                        Web: http://www.satsignal.eu
                        Email: david-taylor@...
                        Twitter: @gm8arv
                      • Colin Schulz
                        Hi Charles, from SE Queensland. Note your efforts with WeatherSat reception. Very good. Wxtoimg is probably the best software available at this time for the
                        Message 11 of 14 , Apr 24, 2017
                          Hi Charles, from SE Queensland.

                          Note your efforts with WeatherSat reception. Very good.

                          Wxtoimg is probably the best software available at this time for the N15
                          - N19 APT images.

                          As far as geostationary images in your area, GOES West is probably the
                          only one available and this requires rather specialised (and expensive
                          if you use commercial) equipment.

                          I have installed a lot of GOES West receiving equipment around the
                          Pacific Islands but have used commercial receivers and software.
                          (Dartcom UK). The transmissions are digital and fairly wide band.

                          I am not sure if anyone has been successful recently in using the SDR
                          radios that are available now. The US weather Service (NOAA) did some
                          work a few years ago but the receiver never went past the prototype
                          stage. At least a 1 metre dish is required as the transmissions are at
                          1691 MHz.

                          Hope that this helps. Email me direct if I can be of further help.

                          Colin S.
                        • c.brasell@xtra.co.nz
                          Hello David, Sorry to say but I am still struggling with the ground path tab. On reviewing the picture and text in Ground Path in your article Using
                          Message 12 of 14 , May 5, 2017
                            Hello David,

                            Sorry to say but I am still struggling with the ground path tab.


                            On reviewing the picture and text in 'Ground Path' in your article 'Using WXTrack', which was last modified in April 2015 I am trying to figure out where the weather picture came from and how to get it into the 'Load picture'
                            box to load. My button does nothing.


                            The top of the picture refers to 'Ground Image Generator V2 6 2 197', am I missing part of the program? or is this part of the registered program


                            Charles Brasell
                            zl4dx




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                          • David J Taylor
                            Hello David, Sorry to say but I am still struggling with the ground path tab. On reviewing the picture and text in Ground Path in your article Using
                            Message 13 of 14 , May 5, 2017
                              Hello David,

                              Sorry to say but I am still struggling with the ground path tab.

                              On reviewing the picture and text in 'Ground Path' in your article 'Using
                              WXTrack', which was last modified in April 2015 I am trying to figure out
                              where the weather picture came from and how to get it into the 'Load
                              picture' box to load. My button does nothing.

                              The top of the picture refers to 'Ground Image Generator V2 6 2 197', am I
                              missing part of the program? or is this part of the registered program

                              Charles Brasell
                              zl4dx
                              ==================================

                              Charles,

                              Version 2.6.2.197 is just an older version of WXtrack - I didn't redo the
                              screen-shots.

                              You need to set the "Path to satellite picture files" to include the output
                              directory from SatSignal. I use X:\WXsat\WAV as I have a network connection
                              to the APT receiver. I then selected a suitable pass, the 15:16 from
                              NOAA-19 on May 03, and pressed Make picture. The corresponding SatSignal
                              file 0503120-c.jpg was loaded.

                              Registration is not required.

                              73,
                              David GM8ARV
                              --
                              SatSignal Software - Quality software written to your requirements
                              Web: http://www.satsignal.eu
                              Email: david-taylor@...
                              Twitter: @gm8arv
                            • c.brasell@xtra.co.nz
                              Hi David, Thanks for that. Charles zl4dx [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                              Message 14 of 14 , May 6, 2017
                                Hi David,

                                Thanks for that.


                                Charles
                                zl4dx


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