Satnogs Rotator stops tracking after initial position

The rotator goes to start position during the scheduled time but stops tracking thenafter.
Here is the output from support tool:

“versions”: {
“satnogs-client”: “1.6”,
“satnogs-client-ansible”: “202109022142”,
“satnogs-flowgraphs”: “1.4-1”,
“gr-satnogs”: “”,
“gr-soapy”: “2.1.3-1”,
“gnuradio”: “”,
“satnogs-config”: “0.12”
“state”: {
“is-applied”: true,
“pending-tags”: null
“system”: {
“date”: “2022-01-03T07:17:25.417644+00:00”,
“distribution”: {
“DESCRIPTION”: “Raspbian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)”,
“RELEASE”: “10”,
“CODENAME”: “buster”,
“ID”: “Raspbian”
“pending-updates”: true,
“platform”: {
“system”: “Linux”,
“node”: “raspberrypi”,
“release”: “5.10.63-v7l+”,
“version”: “#1496 SMP Wed Dec 1 15:58:56 GMT 2021”,
“machine”: “armv7l”,
“processor”: “”
“memory”: {
“total”: 4025200640,
“available”: 3776045056,
“percent”: 6.2,
“used”: 109699072,
“free”: 3617120256,
“active”: 108253184,
“inactive”: 241164288,
“buffers”: 24641536,
“cached”: 273739776,
“shared”: 8839168,
“slab”: 32960512
“disk”: {
“total”: 30280855552,
“used”: 3909795840,
“free”: 25086332928,
“percent”: 13.5
“configuration”: {
“hamlib_utils_rot_enabled”: true,
“hamlib_utils_rot_opts”: “-m 204 -s 19200 -r /dev/ttyUSB0 -C timeout=200”,
“satnogs_antenna”: “RX”,
“satnogs_api_token”: “[redacted]”,
“satnogs_log_level”: “DEBUG”,
“satnogs_rot_model”: “ROT_MODEL_EASYCOMM3”,
“satnogs_rx_samp_rate”: “2.048e6”,
“satnogs_soapy_rx_device”: “driver=rtlsdr”,
“satnogs_station_elev”: “1300”,
“satnogs_station_id”: “757”,
“satnogs_station_lat”: “27.679”,
“satnogs_station_lon”: “85.409”,
“sentry_enabled”: true

Also works fine with: rotctl -m 204 -s 19200 -r /dev/ttyUSB0 -vvvvv command

Works fine when hamlib_utils_rot_enabled is set to False

We had a similar issue. It ended up being that our SDR had gone bad. SATNOGS would command the rotator to move to the initial position, then try to detect the SDR. When detecting the SDR failed, the observation was canceled, and the rotator didn’t move anymore. I’m not sure if this will fix your issue, but it’s something to check!

Was there any resolution to this problem from back in January? We are experiencing the same issue.

  • We confirmed the SDR is fine since it can be operated using rtl_fm | multimon_ng.
  • The rotator gets into position correctly for AOS, but then everything stops. We can also operate the rotator properly using rigctld and either sending it commands using nc, or even more involved like GPredict.
  • Additionally no data is ever captured. It’s clearly something going on with SatNOGS Client.

Anyone have any thoughts? Did Orion Space Nepal get their problem resolved?

Kind regards and 73,
Glenn, KJ7SU

Well, our problem turned out to be an operator induced error. I made a typo in the RTL-SDR setup.


Glenn, KJ7SU

[deleted, looks like you resolved it]

Scott (MAUSyagi)

I intend to buy or build a rotator. If someone helps, for example, which one would be more viable. And this topic is not the most correct, I apologize.

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