When a GPS signal is detected by your phone, a satellite will appear on the map. The position of the satellite is calculated as the spot on earth that the satellite is directly above. More information for how this is calculated can be found on this blog post.
In response to comments:
Hi John (February 8, 2011), I had to use the location to get the satellite azimuth and elevation. There really is no other way.
It should be helpful for all the people who mount sector antennas (f.e. GSM sector antennas).
All settings are hidden in menu. For further info read help.
If there is any bug, please send me e-mail.
App is design for ICS, on older devices it can look different than on the images...
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Satellite Director replaces all of that. See tips to success below !!!
Just enable the GPS in your phone or enter your GPS location, select the desired TV satellite and point your phone to the sky to target (find) the TV satellite. You have found the satellite when the white ball is in the white circle and the cyan ball is in the cyan circle. Align, in azimuth, the offset arm of the satellite dish to the cyan arrow on the phones display and the satellite dish is aligned in azimuth with the satellite.
Selectable audio tone, camera preview, continuous mode (no pause), color pickers or a user defined satellite position may make it easier for you to find the desired TV satellite.
The satellite list contains 280 satellites.
Optional you can take a photo (resized)/screenshot by touching on the director tab. The photo/screenshot is ONLY stored on the phones memory card.
Optional: you can get an indication when you are to close to iron (dish/pole) in the form of an green/yellow/red bar.
Warning: The compass of your phone can get inaccurate because it is affected by magnetic fields or because it is weakened by age. Calibrating the compass may not help.
This app is add-free!
Satellite positions are derived from Agi's database. Some positions may seem not accurate (example: Hispasat 30°w is at 29.96°w in the satellite list) but they are very accurate.
New phones with Android 4: in case of a wrong compass reading the "Settings" screen has options to correct the compass readings !!!!
The market page may state this app is compatible with your device but I have learned that that is not always the case. The only sensor you need is orientation (compass). Use app "Sensor List" to verify that your device has it.
PRECISION DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF YOUR HARDWARE.
Metal objects can cause interferences.
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3 tips to success:
1- do NOT go to close to the iron dish, lnb arm or pole (keep at least 30 cm distance)
2- calibrate the compass of the phone by waving it in a figure 8 before you start
3- optional: calibrate the compass of the phone by rolling your phone along its length axis about 2-3 turns (works on some phones)
Captures your location and an azimuth to an object, and plots both on Google Maps.
Requires GPS, directional sensor and access to Google Maps.
Location and azimuth are only as accurate as the sensors in your device.
AZ-Droid Lite was developed by William Dice.
Use your device like a compass to capture, save and map an azimuth and location. See Help Menu for usage.
Version 1.1.0: Updated to display comments on map; added preferences for color, size, etc. for azimuth and comments.
Developed by William Dice.
Latitude and longitude coordinates can be displayed by decimal numbers, minute and seconds, and also UTM coordinates.
To set the departing and arrival point, you have to click directly on the map or input coordinates at the output text box.
• To measure a viewing angle of the object, azimuth or slope of the object using the camera on your phone
• To adjust your satellite dish (the software enables display both azimuth and elevation). To confirm a direct visibility to the required point on the sky (i.e. to detect barriers for the signal such as trees or buildings)
1) Real time display angle value reference by horizontal axis.
2) 2 mode for using(mode 1 and mode 2).
3) Graphics Animation display related by mode.
4) Display 0 to 90 degree reference by horizontal axis.
5) Calibrate option for accuracy.
Colored text boxes show you which values you entered while the white one's show the calculated values.
On Screen Keyboard makes entering values easy and fast without the android keyboard popping up and down to get in your way.
No need to hit calculate because after every key press the calculator will solve for the missing values if enough information is available saving you time and key presses.
Thanks to the following people for helping me make it better:
If you UPGRADE to pro version:
You can save the measurement data and then email it.
Pro version is ad free.
How To Use Protractor (see attached pictures)
Step 1: An angle has two rays. Put the phone on the first ray, press the "START MEASURE" button. The displayed angle value is reset to 0.
Step 2: Locate the second ray, and put the phone on it. The measured angle will be displayed in the unit of degrees. Assuming that in step 1 the phone is in a plane, in step 2, make sure that the phone is either in the same plane or in a parallel plane.
How To Use Angle Gauge (see attached picture)
Go to setting page and enable angle gauge. Put the phone on the surface to be measured. The displayed angle value is the angle from the measured surface to the ground level.
For both protractor and angle gauge, calibration makes measurement more accurate.
1. When measuring angles in a horizontal plane, with magnetic sensor used, metal objects nearby can cause measurement inaccurate.
2. The shape matters. Phones with round edge or uneven bottom could generate less accurate results.
The height of a object can be determine by estimating the distance to the object (or by determining the distance to the object on a map by simply touching the map) and pointing the viewfinder at the bottom of the target and then the top of the target.
The distance to an object can be determine in several ways: by estimating the height of the object, by triangulation from two points, or by pointing to the object on a map.
The power of our application is that the information can not only be shared with various social sites such as Facebook, e-mailed to others, but also synchronized to a website we allow you to create so others can see your work. Through the website, the data can be viewed in real time by friends, family and/or colleagues. The synchronization also serves as a way to back up your data should your phone or tablet malfunction in the field. If you do not have web access, the application will collect the data and store it until a web connection is established. Once the data has been uploaded, you can edit the data, create reports and/or maps, and download the data or reports to spreadsheets and other documents. Once your surveying or measuring is completed, you can automatically create a powerpoint or video of your work. Try it, it is free. You can also access the data via our website at www.majorforms.com.