From the “how to stop folks reading your Facebook page” department:
Woohooooo! I’ve managed to get altitude and azimuth data out of the Orbitron software (for tracking satellites), using the DDE interface, with a Python program. There is next to no documentation on the web for this, so it was a case of diligent Googling and intelligent (!) guesswork. But it WORKS! – screenshot shows the satellite data being dumped to a window, but now I have it I can send it to a (yet to be built) PIC interface for the hardware.
This is what computers are REALLY for.