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Satellite Rotor Control, SatPC32/Green Heron Node Red-Flow
Along with my Flex 6600 and Q5 transporters, I have been using PST Rotor to control my Satellite station Azimuth and Elevation rotors. It has been a great program but it had more function than I needed and lacked a user interface that highlighted important information.
Also, I wanted to directly control the Green Heron Rotor Controller.
I am able to get the DDE data broadcast from SatPC32. Mark, MKCM helped me with a DDE bridge, but I was later able to find a Node-Red DDE node, that I ended up using.
I use the commands shared by Andreas, N6NU for the Green Heron Controller.
Getting data to/from the Green Heron Rotor Controller into Node-Red was a challenge. I found the Node-Red Serial In/Out node really struggled with flow control and the result was very inconsistent. I switched over to a Serial to IP converter and found the flow control from the TCP in/out Node very good. Serial to TCP is my final solution.
Here is a screenshot of my Satellite Dashboard Rotor Control:
Here is a screenshot of the individual Rotor AZ and EL controllers. Note the button background color changes when the rotor position is equal to the button command:
Here is a screenshot of the Radio Control Panel:
And, here is a screenshot of my Satellite Tracking Station:
Alan - WA9WUD
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