Satellite TRACKING

Update August 7, 2021:

Version 1.3 is now available on GitHub.

This DIY satellite tracking project takes a stock Pelco rotator and controls it with an Arduino 2560 using relays, a magnetometer and an accelerometer. The Arduino receives the satellite position via Orbiton and a custom serial driver over USB. It's designed to be used with a 2m/70cm antenna for HAM radio operation, but can be used for many satellite tracking needs.

Most of the information to build your own system is on this page and it's an open source project. Please feel free to contact me regarding questions or enhancements to share with the maker and HAM community. If you have an interesting build related to RF, let me know about it!

-Kevin Mattison

drawings and info

Electrical drawings and documents

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build pictures

Pictures showcasing the build

arduino program

Latest revision of Arduino sketch


PODCAST

Listen to the Ham Radio Workbench podcast about this project on episode 120.

See the rotator track the pass of satellite PO-101 in August, 2021.

Maker: George Zafiropoulos

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Listen to George's podcast about this project on episode 120.

A quick view of each component in the system.

Maker: Russ Morris WQ0N