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ISS Status Sept 20, 2000

ISS  status report

September 20, 2000

ISS crews trained on new Amateur Radio equipment

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

ISS Expedition 1 Crew trained on Amateur Radio equipment.
ISS crew members from E1 and E3 received training this week on the
operations of the new ARISS/SARE amateur radio Station.  A partial list
of the participants included Sergej Krikalev E1, and Vladimir Dezhurov
E3 (William Shepard will attend a different class this week).  The
AIRSS/SAREX team delivered a complete set of equipment to Star city for
the training session.  The equipment included Erickson Transceiver,
Packet TNC, cables, power supplies, adapters and head set.  The ISS
crews had the opportunity to use the equipment for a few hours, in
preparation for their mission when they will use the equipment for
public access from ISS.  Amateur Radio stations on earth will be able to
send the crews a form of electronic Email called Packet-Mail, directly
to the ISS crew members.  The ISS crews will also have the ability to
have regular voice contacts directly from ISS to amateur radio stations
around the world (Crew work load and time line permitting). Sergej
Krikalev also took time to note the differences between the Amateur
Radio station on Mir and ISS and will submit his comments to ARISS for
review.  Krikalev reiterated that he does plan on using the equipment
during his mission.  Sergej is a very experienced at amateur radio
operations from both earth and in space.  
On each ISS mission there will be one crew member who will be in charge
of the Amateur Radio station, this position is usually called Control
Operator or Chief Operator.  Each control operator has passed the
extensive Russian amateur radio testing program and holds the highest
level issued amateur radio license.  Sergej Krikalev will be the Control
operator for expedition 1.

International Space Station has currently been issued the amateur radio
call sign RZ3DZR.  However this call sign may change in the near
future.  A request has been submitted to the Russian Telecommunications
Department for a new vanity call sign.  The new requested vanity call
has not been issued, but I can give you a hint.
The Mir call sign is R0MIR, the ISS call sign may be R0???
The reason for submitting license requests to the Russian
Telecommunications Department is because there is no special UN category
for "Space Stations" radio license.  The ISS is considered a Russian
Ship At Sea and since the Amateur Radio equipment will be in the Russian
module, it will need a Russian license.

The Mir Station is currently unmanned and all of the amateur radio
equipment is turned OFF.  The next manned mission to Mir is scheduled
for December/January.  There are two Mir crews currently training for
Mir missions in 2001 and possibly a third Mir crew.  This would fill out
the whole year for Mir.  There are big plans for a 15th birthday of the
Mir space station in February 20, 2001.  I was informed by the Sergei
Samburov chief of the Cosmonaut Amateur Radio Department at RSC Energia,
that the new Mir crews will be trained on the operations of the Amateur
Radio equipment (packet, SSTV, etc).

Mir Survivor:
I have not seen any new information since the press release last month.

QSL Cards:
The Russian QSL managers have begun issuing the new Mir QSL cards. Over
100 cards have been send out, with another 400 backlog still being
processed. I will send another memo later, when the QSL managers are
ready to accept new QSL card requests.  A sample of a draft card is
posted on the MAREX Web page. Thank you for your patients.


The MAREX web moved to a new server.  It is still on line at the same
address, but I have not had time to update the data this month.

Copyright 2000 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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