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MIREX School Day test QuickLook

This is a quick summary of the 27/28th MIR School Day test.  The purpose
of the test was to allow schools and students an opportunity at a
successful packet exchange with MIR, and to demonstrate the use of <UI>
BULLETINS for communicating MIREX information to all monitoring stations.
Other objectives were to demonstrate the use of internet linked ground
stations to merge their data into a common internet feed and to
demonstrate the use of ground station generated pseudo GPS positions
digipeated by the spacecraft to show its realtime position.

The MIR TNC was off for the day of the announced test (27th), but was on
for three early morning passes on the 28th.  A total of 27 schools or
other participating stations were successful during the day-after
test.  All stations reported their position and status and there were
several messages exchanged.  Most stations reported receiving the MIR
BULLETINS and the MIR position packets.  On the 29th several more stations
were reported in the Western USA and South Africa.  The results are posted
on the Academy MIREX page http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/mirex.html
where you can also see the live daily captured downlink files.  THis page
scored 1300 hits during the event, and a total of 2800 since the
experiment was announced at the first of April.  The test is now over.

The three internet linked ground stations provided a continuous feed from
the USA, Madrid and Taiwan (telnet to APRServe at port
10001).  The live WEB page www.mirex.net was operational on the 27th when
there were no packets but died overnight.  It was restored at the  last
minute on the 28th but only caught a half dozen live packets.  It remains
live now.

We wish to thank the MIREX team and Dr. Larsen N6CO for making this test

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR@amsat.org
Satellite Ground Station
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402

Here were the Bulletins transmitted by R0MIR:

BLN1:Welcome to the 27 Apr SCHOOL DAY on MIR fm Talgat, Nikolai,& Andy.
BLN2:We hope all students enjoy using our HAM RADIO equipment today

Here are the bulletins transmitted by other MIREX Ground Stations:
BLN1 :Kids are our Future in Space so Study Hard - The MIREX TEAM
BLN2 :WWW.MIREX.NET is currently showing stations on this SCHOOL TEST
BLN3 :Please do NOT connect to R0MIR-1 during SCHOOL TEST - Thank You
BLN  :School Test Continues on 28th!

The three linked MIREX ground stations were: EA4RJ-2, BV1AF and W3ADO

Stations heard via MIR.  Edited to remove dupes and protocol overhead..
K5WX>EM10DJ,MIREX*:]K[ PHG5130/hi-M01-
N2JNT>FN32ER,R0MIR*:Greetings from Jack in Troy, NY * n2jnt@amg
KD4CGA>EM72BM,MIREX*:]K[ KI5QS fm Floyd Magnet,Montg,Al 30 Studnts-M01-
MIR>EL96IX,W3ADO*:]0[ Join Sprint Conference call on 888-628-xxxx
VA3HIP>MIREX*>FN04UH:]k[ Greetings from Adam Scott CVI in Peterboro
W3ADO>MIREX*>FM18SX:]'[ US Naval Academy MIREX uplink site
W1TYL>R0MIR*>FN31VK:]K[ TYL Middle School, Oakdale, CT
IW1FQE             \
LU9HXV               \
EA4RCT-5               { awaiting copies of packets heard in Europe
ON1APG.... Belgim    /
F1RFH>JN33AU       /
WA6LIE-3>QST,MIREX*:Kids are our Future in Space. Study Hard - MIREX TEAM
KI5OS>EL09QK,R0MIR*:on battery power
KU4LY>EM60NJ,R0MIR*:]K[ Holley-Navarre Inter., 30 stu., 30w.-M02-
WB5QLD-4>EM12IT,MIREX*:]K[ Riverside Applied Learning Ctr-796-
KB4JHU>EM62UI,MIREX*:]K[ Montgomery, AL Floyd Magnet School 30 Stude
KB0WVJ>EM48RP,MIREX*:]K[ Parkway Central High School-M01-
WA4HEI>EN65UX,MIREX*:]&[ MIR-8 position uplink station
KF6KLI>CM97AA,MIREX*:]K[ Happy Valley Elem Sch-M02-
VE3ZYD>ID,R0MIR*:[FN03bf] Jason in Hamilton, Ont. ve3zyd@rac.ca ***
KC5TRB>EM26AE,MIREX*:KB0WVJ   :Hello frm Firehouse 24 in Tulsa,OK
WA6RKE>CM95PI,MIREX*:]k[ Cuesta College - cbuttsch@slonet.org
KB2UYF>FN12XA,R0MIR*:Kopernik Observatory info www.kopernik.org