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ISS Status, Future Project Proposals

ISS Amateur Radio Status: July 7, 2008
By Miles Mann WF1F,

MAREX-MG News	www.marexmg.org

Manned Amateur Radio Experiment

Mir SSTV images collection.
ARISS Moscow ISS Status meetings
Slow Scan TV from Space Station Mir, 10 years later.

Mir SSTV images collection:
Hello all, it has been a while:

I have posted a new web page link with approximately 300 SSTV images from the Marex SSTV project on Mir from 1998-2000.
I am sure there are more images out there, so if you find any that are not currently posted, please forward them to Marex and read the section below.

ARISS Moscow ISS Status meetings:

The annual ARISS / ISS meeting for 2007 was canceled due to schedule conflicts. 
The next meeting will be in Moscow July 16 – 20, 2008

At these meetings we discuss may topics including the Status of current Amateur Radio hardware on the International Space Station.  And we discuss proposal for possible Future Amateur Radio projects for ISS.

I have posted a few of the MarexMG proposals on the MarexMG web page.
These are Just proposals at this time.  However, with your support, some of these proposals could become reality.

Our goal at Marex”

Keep ISS on the air as much as possible.
Keep the projects very simple for Hams and SWL around the world.
And Keep it easy for the ISS crew to use (KISS).

ISS can be your stepping stone into Space.

Project Proposal List:

Let’s get Digital into Space.  I believe the ISS crew would have a blast using the Digital Repeater network.  With the Aid of a few discrete frequencies, the ISS crew could use Digital repeaters to link to their home town digital repeater or make person to person digital link calls.

What do you think?

Look over the rest of the proposal’s and constructive comments welcome.


Slow Scan TV from Space Station Mir, 10 years later.

On December 12, 1998 the crew members of the Russian Space station Mir activated the Marex SSTV system.  Over the next two years the system broadcasted over 20,000 SSTV images back to earth via Amateur Radio.

Many of the images were quiet spectacular.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the successful imaging project, the Marx team is planning on upgrading our web page system to accommodate the many images that were transmitted during the projects 2 year run.  In 1998 we just did not have the resources in place to handle the hundreds of images coming in every day.  As a result only a small select on of the images were ever posted for public enjoyment.

Here is where we need your help.
Out of the 20,000 images sent to earth, we believe that only approximately a 1,000 images were saved by the general amateur radio public around the world.  We would like you to search your disk drives for those images that you received during the project which ran from December 1998 until 2000. Please send the images to Marex so that we can add them to our new web page.

We are interested in high quality and unique images.

In December 98 and January 99, there were many times when the Mir crews would put on Slid shows for the public and demonstrate the Musical skills and show us scenes of the holidays.

One good string of images came from the Mir shutdown in August 1999.  The Mir crew left the SSTV system running showing inside shots while the crew packet up the Space Station just before leaving the station.

So start searching your disk dive and see if you can find some good images.

When you find them please send the Marex and will add them to our web page.
Here are a few scattered pages with some of the Mir SSTV images


Images and links for SSTV images from Mir 1998-2001

If you have any more that are different or have better quality, please forward those images to Marex. 
Mail your images to Marex at:


In order to properly catalog the images we request that you use the following image naming format. After you receive you images, please rename the images using the following format, All Lower case letters. 

Year 99, Month 07, Day 31, (UTC time), Call sign, .jpg

In many cases you many not know the exact date or UTC time.  Sometimes you can derive this information from the time stamp of the original image.  Just take your best guess on the date and time.


New format:

If we break this down 
Year =99
Month = 07
Day = 31
Time = 1905 UTC
Call sign = wf1f
Image format = jpg

Image Quality
Please do not put any text over lays on the images, Example, do not put web page or advertisements in the image. 

We would also like to know the following Optional information in your email.

Name or Call sign
Country / State
Software decoding tool
Elevation or range of ISS when you decoded the image.

Ps, If you also find any SSTV pictures from the 2 Space Shuttle Missions or any from ISS in 2006, please forward them to the same address. Thanks

If you are interested in learning more about Slow Scan TV, here are a few links.
SSTV Decoding Software

There are many choices in SSTV software, some Free,
others with more features cost a few bucks. 

The Marex SpaceCam1 is currently on ISS.  It was successfully tested in August 2006 using a “Borrowed” laptop.  The laptops computers are in very short supply on ISS.  We are patiently waiting permission to Borrow another laptop.

Marexmg Web page

ARISS Web page and other great Space projects

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG

Until we meet again



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