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Mir Amateur Radio Status September 17, 1998





Mir Amateur Radio Status September 17, 1998

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

The Crew of the Mir station have been kept busy with normal station keeping
and other
routine experiments.  The crew have not had much time for amateur radio
voice contacts.
However they have been taking time to read some of the hundred of mail
messages they
keep getting via the Personal Mail System (PMS).

PMS:
The PMS has been on line over 80% of the time over the past few months.
The crew does have to shutdown some of the Amateur Radio experiments
periodically
(docking, EVA, etc.).  The down time for the PMS is usually only for a few
days at a time.

The PMS system consists of the following hardware:
Kenwood TM-733 Dual Band transceiver
Kantronics KPC-9612 (running at 1200 baud)
Larsen Dual band mobile antenna (2m/70cm)
Frequency/Mode: 145.985 FM Simplex

I still see a lot of people taking help listing from the PMS.
I have attached a copy to help
you with the command syntax.
For more information, check out the how to work Mir
articles in the web pages below.

[KPC9612P-8.1-HM$]
82408 BYTES AVAILABLE
THERE ARE 37 MESSAGES NUMBERED 155-259
ENTER COMMAND:  B,J,K,L,R,S, or Help >

LL n          LIST LAST n MESSAGES
LM(ine)       LIST UNREAD MESSAGES ADDRESSED TO YOU
LO [+|-]      LISTING ORDER
LT            LIST TRAFFIC
LTn           DISPLAY LOCATION TEXT n=1-4
K(ill) n      DELETE MESSAGE NUMBER n
KM(ine)       DELETE ALL READ MESSAGES ADDRESSED TO YOU
R(ead) n      DISPLAY MESSAGE NUMBER n
RH n          DISPLAY MESSAGE n WITH HEADERS
RM(ine)       READ ALL MESSAGES ADDRESSED TO YOU
S(end) call   SEND MESSAGE TO callsign
S[B|P|T] call SEND BULLETIN, PRIVATE, or TRAFFIC

SAFEX-II Repeater:
The 70cm repeater was on for a few days last summer,  however the limited
power budget
does not allow for continuos duty.  As time and power allows, the SAFEX-II
repeater may
be on more
frequently.  I am interested in hearing 70cm signal quality reports.


Future Mir Amateur Radio projects:

Mir Life Span:
The current plan is for the Russian Space Station Mir, to be occupied until
approximately
June/July 1999.  After this date, the manned crew will leave Mir and return
to earth.
A remotely controlled booster will dock with the Mir station and then fly
the Mir station
into the Pacific ocean a few months later.  If the occupation of the
International Space
Station is delayed, Energia reserves the right to extend the duration of
the manned Mir
missions.

During the remaining 12 months there is still may be time to fly a few more
Amateur Radio
related experiments on Mir before the space station is retired.
There are currently two Amateur  Radio  projects completed, which are
waiting for a flight
opportunity to Mir.  The MAREX-NA SSTV project was delivered to Russian in
June 98 and
AMSAT-FRANCE RS-17-2 Sputnik was delivered to Russia in Sept 98.
Both projects are being reviewed for flight opportunities.  All of the
Progress rockets
going to Mir over the next few months are being reviewed to see if there is
any extra
cargo space available to the new projects.  If space is available, then one
or more of
the projects may be flown.

MAREX-NA SSTV Project:

The MAREX-NA Mir SSTV (Kenwood/Tasco) system has been certified for use on
Mir and the
approval to fly has been signed.  The IARU has suggested operational
frequency for the
SSTV system of 437.975 FM Simplex.  This frequency was chosen to be
compatible with all
of the existing Amateur Radio equipment on Mir.

The specific launch date for the SSTV project has not been chosen at this
time.  There
are currently 3 options:
Progress Cargo Rocket October 98
Progress Cargo Rocket February 99
Manned Soyuze spring 99

Sputnik RS-17-2
Do you remember RS-17-1 last December 97?  It was a very popular Beeping
satellite which
was tossed out the door of Mir last year.  RS-17-1 beeped for over 6 weeks
and was heard
by thousands of people around the world.  An identical RS-17-2 was also
delivered to Mir
last year and is still on board Mir.  Later this year, the internal
electronics will be
swapped out
with a new electronics module/batteries and then launched from Mir.
More details will be released later this fall.

Trivia:  The first ham to hear RS-17-1 was RV3DR.  He was monitoring from
his club station
at Energia in Korolev Russian when the Mir crew did the space walk to
launch the satellite
RS-17-1.  When the crew activated RS-17-1 for the first time, RV3DR
reported a very strong
signal.  The Mir crew then held on to the Satellite for approximately 1
orbit.  The hatch in
which the crew was standing in with the satellite was facing the direction
of flight of the
space station.  The satellite could not be released until the space station
rotated 180
degrees on axis so that the hatch was now looking opposite direction. Once
the rotation
was completed RS-17-1 was tossed down-wind away from the Mir complex.  The
satellite
gradually drifted away from Mir and beeped away for the next two months.

Mir Crew Members:
The current crew consists of:

Current Crew
SOYUZ TM-28 arrived at Mir on August 16. Mir Soyuz TM-28 crew consisted of
Sergei Avdeyev,
Gennadiy Padalko and Yuri Baturin.  (Sergei and Gennadiy both received
training on the
MAREX-NA SSTV system in Star City).

ISS:
The Russian Service module of the International Space Station (ISS also
called unofficially
Alpha) will contain 4 antenna feed-through ports dedicated
for Amateur Radio Antenna Access.  The Russian Docking Adapter will also
contain 2 antenna
feed-through ports dedicated for Amateur Radio Antenna Access.  When the
first ISS crew
arrives, they will already have ports to use for Amateur Radio.  Ports 1,2
and 3 are
tentatively planned for 144,435, 1200 mc, and port 4 for HF (10, 15 and 20
meters).
Ports 5 & 6 will be for UHF and SHF bands.
Now the fun begins, and the designing of projects to use the ISS antenna
ports is under
development.
We will publish more details as they become available.


Web Page information
For general information about some of the Mir Projects, check the web page
at

     http://www.ik1sld.org/mirex.htm  OR
     or
     http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/3431/mirex.htm


For information about the MAREX-NA SSTV project, check the web page at:

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/7355/sstv_proj.htm



MIR
1 16609U 86017A   98259.13371538  .00018584  00000-0  17024-3 0  7876
2 16609  51.6605 305.2440 0007841  93.6819 266.4915 15.67798649718316
KVANT 1
1 17845U 87030A   98258.62376373  .00022054  00000-0  20112-3 0  5327
2 17845  51.6596 307.8386 0008040  91.2635 268.7906 15.67779640652342
KVANT 2
1 20335U 89093A   98258.62376373  .00022054  00000-0  20112-3 0  3582
2 20335  51.6596 307.8386 0008040  91.2635 268.7906 15.67779640501354
KRISTALL
1 20635U 90048A   98258.62376373  .00022054  00000-0  20112-3 0  1507
2 20635  51.6596 307.8386 0008040  91.2635 268.7906 15.67779640472185
SPEKTR
1 23579U 95024A   98258.62376373  .00022054  00000-0  20112-3 0  1146
2 23579  51.6596 307.8386 0008040  91.2635 268.7906 15.67779640189663
PRIRODA
1 23848U 96023A   98258.62376373  .00022054  00000-0  20112-3 0  7983
2 23848  51.6596 307.8386 0008040  91.2635 268.7906 15.67779640136754
SOYUZ TM-27
1 25146U 98004A   98236.75371520  .00015200  00000-0  14589-3 0  2044
2 25146  51.6595  58.9764 0007237  21.4992 338.7751 15.66820927 32427
PROGRESS M-39
1 25340U 98031A   98258.62376373  .00022054  00000-0  20112-3 0  1358
2 25340  51.6596 307.8386 0008040  91.2635 268.7906 15.67779640 19393
SOYUZ TM-28
1 25429U 98047A   98258.62376373  .00022054  00000-0  20112-3 0   475
2 25429  51.6596 307.8386 0008040  91.2635 268.7906 15.67779640  5228


Miles WF1F

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