After being active on the amateur satellites for several years, I can finally say this:
“I’m fully automated!“
What does that mean exactly?
1. For the past several years I have turned and pointed antennas manually to track satellites in the sky. I have manually adjusted by frequency on transmit or receive to compensate for Doppler shift.
2. With full automation, the only action I need to perform to talk on satellites is hit the PTT. And to make matters even better — I utilize a footswitch. I have my headset on and will tap my foot when I need to transmit. Pretty lazy, huh?
It was a slow, long process. I acquired a used G-5500 rotor. I acquired a set of antennas I decided not to use. Then I had problems (most recently) with my ARR preamp. On top of all that, I had an operator error installing my crossboom and antennas positioned. It made for an “upside down” elevation problem. Now — it’s all fixed.
Thanks to the newest ham in the family KG5AGZ, I was able to take everything down yesterday, correct problems, and get the station fully operational.
I worked several passes last night. This morning I was able to hold a 15 minute conversation on FO-29 doing nothing but tweaking the RIT a little to hear the other station better.
(the sound you hear is me jumping up and down in excitement)