As part my PhD, I used GPS satellites to measure the beam pattern of a telescope I built. While this can be done easily with the pyEphem module, I found that there wasn’t much documentation out there on the interwebs. So, I’ve written a simple Python script (below) which takes you through the basics of using pyEphem to track the path of GPS satellites. Firstly, you’ll be needing a list of GPS satellites. This can be downloaded from: http://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/ This is in the form of…Continue Reading “GPS sattelite tracking in Python using pyEphem”
To celebrate the release of LyX 1.6.6, I thought I’d upload an Oxford Thesis Template for mathematics/physics/engineering, based on K. Gillow’s excellent LaTeX class. While it’s tailored to Oxford, with a few modifications I’m sure it could be used for any thesis. To get it working, you’ll have to copy the ociamthesis-lyx.cls into your TeX installation, and copy the ociamthesis-lyx.layout to your LyX layout directory. Have a read of the readme.txt for further instructions. Finally, here’s an example PDF. Update (May 2011): I have…Continue Reading “Oxford LyX Thesis Template”
I spent a lot of time in the lab last month, taking measurements with an Anritsu 37xxxC series VNA. It would’ve taken me even longer if I hadn’t made this little python script to control the VNA over GPIB.