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Amateur Radio Satellite Telemetry Software for the Mac

MacEchoTelem ...from N3RZN & VE3VRW
MacEchoTelem allows you to capture and decode live telemetry from ECHO, AMSAT's newest satellite, launched June 29, 2004.

Requirements


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Download
Download MacEchoTelem v1.06 July 18, 2004

Setup
  • Put TNC in KISS mode.
  • Run MacEchoTelem.
  • The first time you run MacEchoTelem enter your call and location in the Preferences Dialog.
  • Select Serial Port and Baud Rate.
  • Telemetry .csv files will be placed in the ~/Documents/MacEchoTelem/TLM folder.


Echo Telemetry Database


Configuring your TNC for KISS mode

To use MacEchoTelem your TNC must support the KISS protocol and be able to support serial speeds of at least 9600 baud.The settings listed below will place your TNC in a configuration that will work with MacEchoTelem (also check the manual that came with your 9600 baud modem for configuration info and this AMSAT page for information on the various TNC's). You can use a terminal program like ZTerm to configure your TNC.
MFJ 1270B configuration example:
cmd:kiss on
KISS was OFF
cmd:pac 0
PACLEN was 128

Kantronics 9612 configuration example:
cmd:restore defaults
ppppx~xffs
PRESS (*) TO SET BAUD RATE
ENTER YOUR CALLSIGN=> VE3VRW
KANTRONICS KPC9612 VERSION 7.0
(C) COPYRIGHT 1996 BY KANTRONICS INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
DUPLICATION PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION OF KANTRONICS.
cmd:<cr>
cmd:intf term<cr>
INTFACE was NEWUSER
cmd:paclen 0<cr>
PACLEN was 128/128
cmd:intf kiss<cr>
INTFACE was TERMINAL
cmd:reset<cr>
There will be no 'cmd:' response but the TNC will be in KISS mode

To take the TNC out of KISS mode, send escapekiss.bin to it with a terminal program.