MoonSked by GM4JJJ

The Complete Moonbounce Scheduling and Tracking solution for Macintosh and Windows and Linux.




MoonSked Shareware Registration
MoonSked is Shareware - you can try it for free, once you register it, you will get free upgrades, support and a code to disable the reminder messages that will otherwise appear at regular intervals. In order to let you try the software, the main features of the software are not disabled, however some parts only run for a few minutes in each session, and advanced features may be disabled.

You can purchase a MoonSked registration key online on a secure server. Purchase online using the secure servers via PayPal (all credit cards accepted).

Please download and try MoonSked before you purchase a registration for it, as I want you to be sure you like MoonSked before you pay for it!

Go to the MoonSked Registration Key Purchase Page

Please email the author at the address below if you have any questions about MoonSked registration.


MoonSked User Guides
Download the latest available user guide, in pdf format. These files are zipped.

MoonSked Windows User Guide

MoonSked X for Macintosh User Guide

MoonSked for Linux User Guide

Download MoonSked
Please download the correct version for your operating system

Windows



Windows "Installer Package"
[Latest update 2012-02-13]

MoonSked Windows 1.6.4 NEW Version
for Windows 7, 2000, XP and Vista

New in 1.6.4
NEW:
Added Edit Menu Item to select alternative location of where to look for CALL3.TXT file

Add Help Menu item to reset CALL3.TXT location to its default of the MoonSked folder.

Add Help Menu item to reset window default sizes and positions to their defaults.

Added option of not outputting tracking data for Moon during RX periods. (In tracking Preferences/Tracking) Note this only works in Moon Tracking Window, NOT Noise Source Tracking window.
This option is for operators with RF noisy rotators who wish to move their antennas only when transmitting.


FIXED:
Correctly saves and restores chosen Beamwidth.

Correctly restores all window positions.

MoonTracking windows (big and small) now trim out trailing whitespace when calls dropped onto them.


New in 1.6.3
New MoonSked Updater.

New in 1.6.2
Now loads ALL calls from call3.txt (not only "EME" calls)
Printing changed to using “Lucida Console" font.

New in 1.6.1
Bug Fix for Tracking Driver connections.

New in 1.6.0
Bug Fix - Prevents high CPU load after closing Tracking Window.

New in 1.5.9
Option added (in Preferences Tracking) of producing AZEL.DAT trackfile for 3rd party rotator drivers

New in 1.5.8
Improved Logic and Minimised Windows bug fix.
Updated User Guide

New in 1.5.7
Adds improved Moon Libration effect calculations between station.
Better handling of minimised and maximised windows when application reopened.

New in version 1.5.6
Realtime Libration Spectral Width added.
Predictions for Libration Spectral Width added.
Updated User Guide.

New in 1.5.5
Topocentric GHA LHA and Declination shown.

What’s new in 1.5.4?

Minimum Elevation Sliders added to SkedMaker Window (Useful for Arecibo which has 70 degree minimum)
Please note that Elevation Sliders remember their last settings now.

Drag and Drop a Callsign from CallFinder window to Station B in SkedMaker Window now added.

** PLEASE BACKUP YOUR MoonSked CALL3.TXT file before upgrading MoonSked **



Macintosh OS X


MoonSked X 1.6.4 Universal - NEW Version 2012-02-13
for Macintosh OS X, Intel or PPC

New in 1.6.4
NEW:
Added Edit Menu Item to select alternative location of where to look for CALL3.TXT file

Add Help Menu item to reset CALL3.TXT location to its default of the MoonSked folder.

Add Help Menu item to reset window default sizes and positions to their defaults.

Added option of not outputting tracking data for Moon during RX periods. (In tracking Preferences/Tracking) Note this only works in Moon Tracking Window, NOT Noise Source Tracking window.
This option is for operators with RF noisy rotators who wish to move their antennas only when transmitting.


FIXED:
Correctly saves and restores chosen Beamwidth.

Correctly restores all window positions.

MoonTracking windows (big and small) now trim out trailing whitespace when calls dropped onto them.


New in 1.6.3
New MoonSked updater.

New in 1.6.2
Now loads ALL calls from call3.txt (not only "EME" calls)

New in 1.6.1
Bug Fix for Tracking Driver connections.

New in 1.6.0
Bug Fix - Prevents high CPU load after closing Tracking Window.

New in 1.5.9
Option added (in Preferences Tracking) of producing AZEL.DAT trackfile for 3rd party rotator drivers

New in 1.5.8
Improved Logic
Updated User Guide

New in 1.5.7
Adds improved Moon Libration effect calculations between stations

Version 1.5.6
Realtime Libration Spectral Width added.
Predictions for Libration Spectral Width added.
Updated User Guide.


Linux


MoonSked for Linux 1.5.4 - Version released 2010-04-08

NEW:

Works with Ubuntu 9.10

Accepts call3.txt or CALL3.TXT file.

Now includes Topocentric GHA LHA and DEC in Moon Tracking window.

Includes minimum elevation sliders for home and dx station.
Note All slider values (Min and Max) are preserved when quitting.
GHA (geocentric) is shown in Sked Maker Window.


Linux Requirements

x86-based Linux distributions with GTK+ 2.8 (or higher)
glibc-2.4
CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System)
libstdc++.so.6

Officially Supported Distributions
Ubuntu 6.10 or later
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5




MoonSked Support
If you have problems with MoonSked:

1) If a fresh download of MoonSked does not run, try searching for and deleting the "MoonSked Preferences" file, which for Windows users is usually inside the Application Data folder in your User area.
You will need to re-enter your registration number, so please have that to hand. If you have lost it, email me.

2) If you find a bug of any kind, try and note what operation will reproduce it and let me know by email. Please don't just email and say “MoonSked doesn't work”, I need a little more to go on.

3) In versions up to MoonSked 1.5.1, there is nothing 'installed', it is one .exe file and the call3.txt file in the same folder. The only other associated part is the "MoonSked Preferences" file. (From version 1.5.2 there is a Windows installer for the Windows platform.)

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Support files
The latest versions of MoonSked now use CALL3.TXT for the callsign and locator database.
MoonSked looks for this call3.txt file in the MoonSked Folder.

This is the same data as used in K1JT's WSJT software and is updated regularly and is available from several sources including:


DL8EBW has also kindly agreed to help with managing the updates to CALL3.TXT - http://www.mmmonvhf.de/dbase.php

Please note GM4JJJ does not maintain or update CALL3.TXT


OLD ARCHIVED VERSIONS

Windows

MoonSked for Windows 1.5.1 - Old version - does not use a Windows installer.
For Windows 2000 XP and Vista - this old version will not be updated again.

Windows 98 version
MoonSked 1.4.7 for Windows 98 and XP - this old version will not be updated again.



MoonSked supported Antenna Rotators (Macintosh and Windows)
Linux is also being supported now.

MoonSked can automatically control antenna tracking.

Rotator Systems supported are:PstRotator (YO3DMU), F1TE tracker, Creative Design RAC-825, TAPR TrakBox, EA4TX ARSWIN, EA4TX ARS-USB, C.A.T.S DPU-1100-D, W2DRZ controller, W0LMD Sat Tracker (Easycomm 1),Hy-gain DCU-1, Green Heron RT-20,Yaesu GS-232, G6LVB,SPID, M2, DL7AOT(EasyComm1), BigBoy ProSisTel, Fox Delta FD-ST2. More systems will be added as necessary.

PstRotator by YO3DMU (license purchase required)
This Windows Utility handles many rotators and MoonSked can communicate with it.
Uses AZEL.DAT trackfile written by MoonSked optionally.

The following additional rotator drivers by GM4JJJ are available (free) by request - to MoonSked Registered Users only.

Fox Delta FD-ST2
for details

F1TE Tracker
for details

Creative Design - RAC 805 and RAC-825 - using Host Mode
for details

TAPR TrakBox
- Using Host Mode
for details

EA4TX's ARSWIN Interface.
Pablo's ARSWIN tracker board which "supports any rotator" is compatible. Remote operation via Telnet is possible with this unit.
for details

EA4TX’s NEW RCI-USB interface (USB Mac & Windows)
The new ARS-USB tracker board uses Yaesu GS-232 protocol and is supported.
for details

Yaesu G-5500 Az/EL with GS-232 Rotator Interface.
Also supports the G6LVB tracker which uses the GS-232 protocol 9600 baud.
Also Supports EA4TX new ARS-USB board.
The LVB tracker box is available from http://wa4sxm.googlepages.com/home
for details
 
SPID Az/El RS-232 Rotator
Versions for the ROT2PROG and ROT1PROG available.
for details
 
DL7AOT's RS-232 Rotator Interface (Easycomm1 Protocol 19200 baud)
for details

W0LMD's Sat Tracker RS-232 Rotator Interface (Easycomm1 Protocol 9600 baud with continuous update)
for details

Green Heron Engineering RT-20 and RT-21 Controllers (Universal controllers)
This new RS-232 controller can control just about any rotor ac or dc motor, pulse or pot feedback.
It is compatible with the Hy-Gain DCU-1 protocol 4800 baud.
for details

Hy-gain DCU-1
RS-232 serial Interface.
for details
 
M2 Orion Rotors
The M2 Controllers have an RS232 interface which can also be controlled by MoonSked.
for details

Prosistel (Big Boy) Rotors
PST 'C' Controller Box (RS-232 serial interface)
PST 'D' Controller Box (RS-232 serial interface)
for details

W2DRZ Controller CT-1
for details

C.A.T.S DPU-1100-D controller (Elevation)
Just let me know if you need any other type of C.A.T.S. controller
for details


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