Interoperating with an S.A.T. (Self-contained Antenna Tracker)

Note: the functionality described in this article requires Commander 15.5.0 (or later), DXKeeper 15.1.5 (or later), and SpotCollector 8.4.4 (or later)

Commander can be configured to interoperate with the S.A.T. Self-contained Antenna Tracker. In this form of interoperation, S.A.T. directly and exclusively controls your transceiver; Commander

Configuring S.A.T.

Configuring Commander

  1. on the Configuration window's General tab, set the Radio panel's Model selector to S.A.T.

    • on the Configuration window's General tab,

      • type the the IP address of your S.A.T. into the IP Address text box

      • type the IP Port of your S.A.T. into the IP Port text box; note that this value defaults to 12080

    • an S.A.T. panel will appear in the upper-right corner of Commander's Main window showing

      • connection status
      • if Commander is not connected to S.A.T., a Connect button

      • if Commander is connected to S.A.T., the name and mode of the satellite selected in S.A.T.

    • Commander panels and buttons not used when interoperating with S.A.T. will be hidden or disabled

  2. on the Configuration window's Ports tab, clear the Primary CAT Serial Port panel's Port# selector by selecting the blank entry at the top of the list of entries

  3. if your S.A.T. is not already running

    1. start your S.A.T.

    2. after your S.A.T. is running, click the Connect button in Commander's S.A.T. panel

  4. to facilitate rapid switching between the arrangement in which your S.A.T. controls your transceiver and the arrangement in which Commander directly controls your transceiver, setup two radio definitions on the Configuration window's MultiRadio tab:


    Configured as shown in the above screen shot, Commander will enable you to switch between interoperation with your S.A.T. and direct control of your transceiver with a single mouse click in the Main window's left-hand VFO panel.

    • In theControl panel,

      • set a Model selector to S.A.T.

      • set the Name textbox to the far right of that Model selector to your choice of name; in the screen shot above, SAT is specified

      • click the Select button to the immediate right of that Model selector; in the Multi-transceiver Connectivity Selection window that appears,

        • specify the IP Address of your S.A.T.

        • specify the IP Port of your S.A.T. (default is 12080)

      • close the Multi-transceiver Connectivity Selection window

    • in the CAT Serial Port panel, set the Port # for S.A.T. to - (the value in the selector just below COM64)

      • Note the use of Selection by band to automatically select the transceiver (an IC-9700 in this example) when a 2m or 70cm frequency is selected.


If Commander is running and connected to your S.A.T., typing a callsign into the Capture window's call box and striking the Enter key will populate these Capture window items:

If DXKeeper's Optimize for realtime QSO entry option is enabled, fields on the Main window's Log QSOs tab will be similarly populated when a callsign is typed into the QSO panel's call box and the Enter key is struck.


If Commander is running and connected to your S.A.T. with SpotCollector's Spot xcvr split option enabled, the Notes box in the Outgoing spots panel at the top of SpotCollector's Main window will be populated with the active satellite' name followed by the word uplink and the current uplink frequency; additional information cannot be added to the Notes box.

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SAT_Interoperation (last edited 2022-08-15 00:50:49 by AA6YQ)