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Orbit Calculations (Fundamental)

"A General Technique for Satellite Tracking", Peter Drake Thompson, Jr., QST, November 1975, p. 29.
"Importance of 64 degrees for Phase III", Kaz Deskur, K2ZRO, Amsat Newsletter, 9 (2) June 1977 p. 5.
"Tracking the OSCAR Satellites", W.R.Harmon, and N.Patrick Peterson, WA6UAP, ham radio, September 1977, p. 18.
"Locating Geosynchronous Satellites", Bill Johnston, N5KR, QST, March 1978, page 23.
"Tracking Satellites in Elliptical Orbits", Paul Bunnell, WA6VJR, ham radio, March 1981, p. 46.
"Locating Geostationary Satellites", Walter Pfiester, Jr., W2TQK, ham radio, October 1981, p. 66, January 1982, p. 89.
"BASIC Orbits", Tom Clark, W3IWI, Orbit , Number 6, March/April 1981, page 6.
"An Introduction to Orbit Calculations", Winston Cope, Orbit #11, Jul/Aug 1982, p. 14
"High Eccentricity Orbits Simplified", Greg Roberts, ZS1BI, Orbit #10, March/April 1982, p. 14.
"Satellite Orbital Elements", Phil Karn, KA9Q, Orbit #15, Sept/Oct 1983, p.9.
"The Satellite Experimenter's Handbook", 1st edition, K2UBC, Martin Davidoff, American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT, 1985.
"New Values Optimize Tracking Programs for 1986", Tom Clark, W3IWI, Amsat Satellite Journal, no. 7, Jan/Feb 1986, p. 17.
"Calculating SMA", Phil Karn, KA9Q, Amateur Satellite Report, no. 130, August 18, 1986.
"The Terminology Used in Orbital Predictions" Joe Kasser, G3ZCZ, The AMSAT Journal, May 1989, v. 12, no. 1, p. 19.
"Orbital Analysis by Sleight of Hand", H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, Communications Quarterly, Summer 1995, p. 35.

Orbit Calculations (Advanced)

"Spacetrack Report No. 3: Models for Propagation of NORAD Element Sets", Felix R. Hoots, Ronald L. Roehrich, December 1980. Compiled and distributed by TS Kelso, 31 December 1988. Available from
"Amsat OSCAR 7 Betweeen Sunlight and Shadow", Juergen Raddatz, DL3ZK, Orbit #6, Mar/Apr 1981, p. 21.
"Bahn Coordinates Guide Satellite Orbits", Phil Karn, KA9Q, Amsat Sat J. #7, Jan/Feb 1986, p. 7
"The ACE Orbit - A New Communications Satellite Orbit", Andrew E. Turner, Kent M. Price, QEX March 1989, p. 8.
"Orbit Estimation for Low Earth Orbit Satellites" R. Soifer, W2RS, The AMSAT Journal, September 1990 p. 5. How to correct Keplerian elements for changed launch time, dN/dt, etc.
"The Re-Entry of OSCAR-13", James Miller, G3RUH, The Amsat Journal, May/June 1995, p. 19.
"Keplerian Element Estimation for Radio Sputnik 15", Ken Ernandes, N2WWD, The Amsat Journal, January/February 1996, p. 14.

Orbit Measurement

"Range Measurements with Oscar 6", Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, QST, May 1973, p. 36.
"Range Measurements with OSCAR Satellites", Michel Alas, F1OK, Amsat Newsletter, 10 (3), Sep 1978, p. 4
"Orbit Determination Techniques" Will Webster, WB2TNC, Amsat Newsletter, 11(3) Sept 1979, p. 12.
"Measure AO-13 Squint Directly", James Miller, G3RUH, The AMSAT Journal, v. 16, no. 1, January/February 1993, p. 20.
"Demonstrating Celestial Mechanics Through Measured Doppler Shift", Paul Shuch, N6TX, QEX, April 1992, p. 3.

Orbital Data Distribution

"Automatic Updating of Keplerian Elements", W0SL, Roy Welch, The AMSAT Journal, volume 14, number 6, November/December 1991, page 19.
"Keplerian Element Checksum Program", N3FKV, Dick Campbell, The AMSAT Journal, volume 15, number 5, November/December 1992.
"AMSAT Orbital Data Management", N3FKV, Dick Campbell, The AMSAT Journal, volume 14, number 3, May 1991, page 27.

Geographic Calculations

"Bearing and Distance Calculations by Sleight of Hand", Jerry Hall, K1PLP, QST, August 1973, p. 24.
"VHF/UHF Century Club Awards", John Lindholm, W1XX, QST, January 1983, p. 49-51.
"Grid Locators for South America", John Lindholm, W1XX, QST, October 1983, p. 52-3.
"BASIC Maidenhead", Joseph Fleagle, W0FY, QEX, May 1985, p. 3.
"Pathfinder: Improved Minimuf Program", Ron Todd, K3FR , ham radio, May 1988, p. 26; and October 1988, p. 47.
"Distance Calculations", Michael Owen, W9IP, QST, June 1993, p. 96.
Encyclopedia Brittanica - look up "maps", "earth".

Solar/Lunar Calculations and Predictions

"Moon Tracking by Computer", I.L.McNally, K6WX, ham radio, March 1984, p. 38.
"Keplerian Elements for the Sun", James Miller, G3RUH, Amateur Satellite Report, no. 137, December 1, 1986, p. 4.
"Position and Phase of the Moon, 1987-2000", Michael R. Owen, W9IP/2, QEX, June 1987, p. 4.
"Pathfinder: Improved Minimuf Program", Ron Todd, K3FR , ham radio, May 1988, p. 26; and October 1988, p. 47.
"World Almanac and Book of Facts 1995", Funk and Wagnalls, Mahwah, NJ, 1994, p. 267-285.
"Astronomical Almanac for the Year 1994", US Government Printing Office, Washington, 1993. (A new edition is published each year).

Amateur Satellite Program - General

"Amateur Radio Experiments in the Pre-OSCAR Era", Ray Soifer, W2RS, Orbit, no. 5, January/February 1981, p. 4.
"The Satellite Experimenter's Handbook", 1st edition, K2UBC, Martin Davidoff, American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT, 1985.
"OSCAR at 25: The Amateur Space Program Comes of Age", Jan King, W3GEY, et al., QST, December 1986, p. 15.

Ground-Station Equipment and Operations

See also the separate discussion of Beacons and Telemetry modes
"Computer Interface for Kenpro KR-5400A", QEX, May 1987, p. 7 and June 1987 p. 7.
"Working the EasySats", Steve Ford, WB8IMY, QST, September 1992, p. 30.
"Inexpensive Automatic Control of Az-El Rotors", C.A.Richard, KM4EM, and J.A.Sanford, WB4GCS, The Amsat Journal, volume 17, no. 6, November/December 1994, p. 6.
"Exploring the 9600-Baud PACSATs", Andrew Cornwall, VE1COR, QST, June 1995, p. 63

Periodicals- AMSAT

Amsat membership publications over the years have gone through several formats:
Amsat Newsletter: published sporadically until 1979
Orbit (magazine): replaced the Newsletter, publishing 19 issues from Mar/Apr1980 through Nov/Dec 1984.
Amsat Satellite Journal: replaced Orbit with 7 bimonthly issues from Jan/Feb 1985 through Jan/Feb 1986. Merged with QEX in October 1986. Discontinued in June 1989.
Amsat Satellite Report (ASR): replaced the Satellite Journal beginning with issue #126/127, June 24 1986, through #192, Dec 15, 1989. [This newsletter started in March 1981 as a weekly; in 1986 it also became the official Amsat periodical. In 1990, it was taken over as Oscar Satellite Report by R. Myers, W1XT, and is still being published.]
The Amsat Journal: became the official publication beginning with the May 1989 issue, vol 12 #1, continuing through the present.
ASR and Amsat Journal were started independently to serve special interests within AMSAT, but later absorbed the general membership newsletter function. All of these publications have had considerable technical content over the years.

Periodicals- Other

Several Amateur Radio publications carry material of interest to satellite enthusiasts. Some can be found in public libraries:
QEX - ARRL Experimenter's Newsletter (monthly). ARRL, 225 Main St. Newington, CT, USA. Annual index in February issue (through 1993), later in December issue. Incorporated Amsat Satellite Journal from October 1986 through June 1989.
QST - official journal of ARRL (monthly). Annual index in December issues.
ham radio - (monthly) ceased publication in 1990 after being absorbed by CQ
CQ - (monthly)

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