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Mir Amateur Radio Status Aug 25





Mir Amateur Radio Status: August 25, 1999

By Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)

PMS and SSTV Moved:
Hello everyone:
I had a good chat with Cosmonaut Sergei Avdeyev this morning (Aug 25, 09:xx
UTC).
He gave me a rundown on the Amateur Radio equipment.
The PMS and the MAREX-NA SSTV systems were both moved from the Prioida module
into the Mir-Core or Base Block module this morning.  The Mir-Core is where the
crew
is usually doing all of their work.  This move was done so that the Mir crew
could close
down the Prioida module today and seal the hatch to the Prioida module.
Sergei also installed the MAREX-DCI 2-meter filter on the Amateur radio.
  This  filter is used to prevent QRM from the 143 Mhz transmitter from
blocking the 2-meter receivers.
During our check-out the Voice link was great, and Sergei was able to copy my
signals
even while the 143 Mhz transmitter was active.  I had a lot of traffic for
Sergei
 so I did not have time to test out the PMS  during that pass.  On the next
pass,
 MAREX-NA engineer N1ORC contacted Sergei and was able to log into the PMS and
confirm the
PMS (Kantronics KPC-9612/Kenwood TM-733) was operational.
Cosmonaut Sergei Avdeyev told me that they would try to send down some more SSTV
shots before they leave Mir.  Now that the SSTV system is in the Mir module,
there should be some new views of the station and of the Mir crew.

Make sure you have your SSTV systems ready.  The voice and SSTV schedules will
be
completely random.


Phone Patch history:
During the last few months the MAREX-NA team has been running telephone phone
patches between Mir and stations on earth.  Phone patches to Mir are not new, we
 have
been running these tests for a few years.  The Mir crew really appreciate the
extra time
they get by being able to talk to family and friends during their long missions.
The quality of the telephone to Mir links are usually very good.  Many crew
members
have commented on the good audio quality of the Amateur Radio phone  links.
To avoid third party problems because of out-dated FCC laws, everyone on the
link
has to have a radio license, or there must be a third party agreement between
the countries involved.
Recently during one Amateur Radio phone patch, the wife of one of the crew
members
was not home.  So we did the next best thing, we left a message on here
answering
machine from the Space station.  I think this was the first time a Space Station
 crew member phoned home and left a message on an answering machine.

Shutdown Schedule:

It has been a fun 11 years of active Amateur Radio activity from the Mir Space
Station.
On Friday Aug 27, the Amateur Radio stations on Mir will be shut down
for 6 months, until approximately February 2000.

It is still possible to make contact with the crew this week, however time
is very limited.  There is no set schedule for crew radio activity, its
completely random.

Current frequency 145.985 FM Simplex

The Amateur Radio station
will be one of the last experiments to be shutdown.

The some time around 23:00 UTC Friday night, the Mir crew will enter the Soyuz
return
ship and close the hatch to the Mir complex.  The Soyuz will un-dock from Mir
and
 return to Earth early Saturday morning.

After that, the Mir Station will fly by remote control (un-manned) until
February 2000.
Then a new Mir crew will move into the Mir station and fire back up the
 Amateur Radio equipment and other experiments too.

This is not good by.
DOSVIDANIYA
This is,  Until we meet again.

MAREX-NA ISS projects:
At  the present time the MAREX-NA SSTV International Space Station project is in
the  proposal  /  consideration  stage.   Our project proposals were submitted
directly to RSA Energia, AMSAT-Russia and MAREX-Russia.
If selected we hope to
deliver  the  final systems by the end of the year.  The project will be a joint
project  involving several satellite clubs.  Each club will be responsible for a
different part of the project (antennas, power supplies, etc.).

Last  year  MAREX-NA  delivered  three  Kenwood/Tasco SSTV systems to Energia in
Russia.   One of the systems is currently on the Russian Space Station Mir.  The
other   two  SSTV  systems  are  in  Energia  Russia  and  are  being  used  for
Demonstrations  and testing system.  A demonstration of the MAREX-NA SSTV system
was  given to the First cosmonaut ISS crew.  The comments from the cosmonaut ISS
crew were (I want this on my mission).

QSL Information:
A few people have asked about the many qsl managers for Mir.
I asked the engineers at AMSAT-Russia, MAREX-Russia and RSA Energia, who
are the current QSL managers.

There were a few part-time QSL managers, but most are no longer providing
Mir / Sputnik QSL services.  The only two official active QSL managers
are Dave Larsen N6CO and Sergej RV3DR.

The N6CO address is running low on QSL cards.
The RV3DR address is completely out of QSL cards.
The  MAREX-NA team is working on the Final Mir QSL card with RV3DR.
We hope to have the final QSL design completed soon and a new order for cards
placed.  These new cards will be used to fill the back log of QSL cards in
Russia
and will be used for Mir contacts next year too.

Please provide the following information with your QSL  or SWL card.

Return Name and Address, country, ZIP
Date and time of your contact, In UTC format
Signal report (Best guess)
Radio Station and Antenna (optional)

All Mir contacts, including SWL, Two-way voice or Packet connections (R0MIR),
and including the Sputnik Satellites

Envelopes should be well sealed and do not include cash.
Send a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope ) and one or two IRC coupons
(which can be purchased at major US post offices).
Do not make any notes on the out side of the envelope with Amateur Radio
Call signs visible.

Sergej Samburov
PO Box 73
Korolev-10 City
Moscow Area, 141070, Russia

************************************************
The California address still has a short supply of cards in stock.
For Two-way contacts with Mir ONLY.  Just for the call sign R0MIR and R0MIR-1
No SSTV-SWL (Short Wave Listener) cards will be issued at this address.
No Sputnik-SWL cards

Dr. Dave Larsen - N6CO/K6MIR
PO Box 311
Pine Grove, California
95665
USA

Please include a SASE (Business Size Envelope) and two IRC?s  for international.
If you are sending an IRC, Please make sure it is dated 1999, as the post office
won't accept IRC's dated over 1 year old.
Make sure the cancel stamp is in the right place on the IRC.
"Green Stamps" (USA ONLY) are appreciated for covering additional costs.

Current Mir Crew Members:
SOYUZ TM-29 arrived at Mir on February 20, 1999.  Mir Soyuz TM-29 crew consisted

of French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere, Viktor Afanasyev and Slovakian
Cosmonaut Ivan Bella
On February 28, some of the crew returned to earth, they were:
Slovak Ivan Bella and Gennadiy Paldalko.
Gennadiys mission lasted approximately 6 months (August 16 1998 - February 28
1999)

The remaining crew consists of:

The French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere (approximately 6 months)
Cosmonaut Viktor Afanasyev (approximately 6 months)
Cosmonaut  Sergei  Avdeyev.   Sergei mission began August 16, 1998 and will
end on August 28, 1999.  On this Mission Sergei spent just over 1 full year
on board the Mir Space Station.
On June 20, 1999, Sergej broke the worlds record for Total-Time-In-Space.
Sergei has spent over two full years in space when you combine all the time
from all of his missions together.



Tracking Mir:
For current tracking data, try the CelesTrak web page at http://celestrak.com/

Copyright 1999 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be freely
distributed via the following means - Email (including listservers), Usenet,
and World-Wide-Web.  It may not be reproduced for profit including, but not
limited to, CD ROMs, books, and/or other commercial outlets without prior
written consent from the author.
Images received from the MAREX-NA SSTV system on the Russian Space Station
Mir are considered public domain and may be freely distributed, without prior
permission.

DOSVIDANIYA Miles WF1F


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