Tracking programs.

xtrack (Tracking)

This is a simple graphical tracking program. Available for Linux and for Windows.
The background picture is the same as the one used in David Taylor's Windows tracking program: wxtrack ; the actual program is completely different.

Downloads:

Manual (needs update!)

Features:


New in this version:

Calculation colinearity geostat. satellite with SUN.

If a geostationary satellite is selected (right 'radio' button ) then the next colineariy of this satellite with the sun is calculated.

Output rotor position

This is now also possible using:

Usage:

xtrack [options]
   [options:]
     -f     < norad-filename> (default: norad.txt)
     -s     < sat_name> (default: NOAA-16)
     -rlon  < ref-pos lon> (default: 5)
     -rlat  < ref-pos lat> (default: 52)
     -rep_time < repetition time> (default: 1)
     -run_at_start
     -m     < map-filename> (default: earthmap.gif)
     -ppl   < value> (default:  2)
  ppl=pixels per longitude.
  ppl=1 means: 1 pixel=1 degree, so size is 360x180 pixels.

These options (and more) may be put in a preferences file: .xtrackrc. See menu 'Edit->Preferences'.

Download Linux:

VersionTypeDownloadDownload sizeComment
2018.3a xtrack program xtrack_2018_3a.tgz 102k offset elev/azim/x/y
2018.2 xtrack program xtrack_2018_2.tgz 102k distance added
direct 'disable limit' for DiSEqC rotors in debug wnd
2018.1 xtrack program xtrack_2018_1.tgz 102k Sun shadow settings in preferences
RS232 commands: allow spaces
2017.2c xtrack program xtrack_2017_2.tgz 102k Added moon
Choose and save colours
2017.1c xtrack program xtrack_2017_1.tgz 102k determine east/west also if at already 'up'
determine east/west for geosatat. sats
keep sat-names in window
right part window made a bit wider, can now be adjusted
2006.09
jpeg lib decompr_k2.6.tar.gz 142k
contains libjpeg812.so, needed for xtrack

background earthmap.gif

Xtrack needs the gtk2.0 library set; normally available on any Linux distribution.


Download Windows:

VersionTypeDownloadDownload sizeComment
2018.3a xtrack program setup_xtrack_2018_3a.exe
also contains earthmap.gif
and jpeg812.dll
785k offset elev/azim/x/y
2018.2 xtrack program setup_xtrack_2018_2.exe
also contains earthmap.gif
and jpeg812.dll
785k distance added
direct 'disable limit' for DiSEqC rotors in debug wnd
2018.1 xtrack program setup_xtrack_2018_1.exe
also contains earthmap.gif
and jpeg812.dll
785k Sun shadow settings in preferences
RS232 commands: allow spaces
2017.2c xtrack program setup_xtrack_2017_2.exe
also contains earthmap.gif
and jpeg812.dll
780k Added moon
Choose and save colours
2017.1c xtrack program setup_xtrack_2017_1.exe
also contains earthmap.gif
and jpeg812.dll
780k determine east/west also if at already 'up'
determine east/west for geosatat. sats
keep sat-names in window
right part window made a bit wider, can now be adjusted
2016.1b xtrack program setup_xtrack_2016_1.exe
also contains earthmap.gif
and jpeg812.dll
1062k X/Y: changed def.: x=0/y=0 = east/north
2015.3 xtrack program setup_xtrack.exe
also contains earthmap.gif
and jpeg812.dll
1062k debug window adapted
preferences: storm elevation precise number
2015.3a_beta xtrack program setup_xtrack_beta.exe 1066k fixes; radio horizon

2.0 Needed DLL-libs setup_gtk20dll.exe 2.6M Self-installing

Help for installation on Windows:


Download source code:

VersionTypeDownloadSizeComment
2017.1c xtrack code xtrack_src_2017.zip 200k Includes support jpeg background
2013.02 xtrack code xtrack_src_2013.zip 62k Includes support jpeg background
2004.03 jpeg8/12-bits code jpeg812_src.zip 381k Independent Jpeg Group code, partly adapted to support both 8 and 12 bits/pixel

2010.01 xtrack code xtrack_src2010.zip 92k Suitable for both gtk2.0 and gtk1.2.
No jpeg support.


Example graphical output: NOAA_16_4.pdf