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MIREX UPDATE 19 SEPTEMBER 1998




BID: $MIRX0919.TXT

                         M I R E X - U P D A T E




19 September 1998

MIR HAM RADIO BACK ON THE AIR

Some of you might have noticed that R0MIR-1 has not been on the air.
This is because of the IVA that was done in MIRs Spektr module, which
houses the ham radio equipment.

Here is a clip from MIRNEWS.439 by Chris van den Berg
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Internal Spacewalk  (IVA) crew 26th Main Expedition  MIR:


The IVA inside the module Spektr began on 15.09.1998 at 2000UTC (opening 
hatches between P.Kh.O. -transition section- and the module). The
estimated duration of the IVA was 3 hrs but already  at 2030UTC,  so
after 30 minutes, the cosmonauts closed the hatches behind them.  The 
task during the IVA was  relatively easy. The cosmonauts had to connect
a few cables to an interface for the steering  of solar battery number 3 
of Spektr.  However the  work was not limited to these 30 minutes for an 
IVA requires a lot of  preparations.  For instance the crew had to 
prepare the transport ship  Soyuz-TM28 for an eventual emergency 
departure.  And after the IVA the S-TM28 had to be conserved again.

Radiotraffic:  During the pass in orbit 71828,  2251-2257UTC, when MIR 
came in range for the first time after the IVA, radiotraffic revealed 
that the cosmonauts had accomplished the IVA itself and that they 
already worked on preparations to check   the restored cable
connections.

During the following pass on 16.09.98 between 0021-0031UTC they 
discussed this cablework before   continuing the reactivation of  those
systems which had been switched off during the IVA and the conservation 
of  the ship S-TM28. During the pass between 0156-0207UTC this work was 
still in progress and they already had conserved the S-TM28,  deployed 
airhoses and programmed computers with commands ,  among which those for 
the attitude control by gyrodynes.  After this pass with a stable air 
pressure in the complex  (735MM) the cosmonauts went asleep.
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R0MIR-1 MAILBOX INFORMATION

There seems to be some confusion between using SB and SP commands on R0MIR-1

SB is for Sending Bulletins to everyone
SP is for Send Private messages to a ham callsign like WA6LIE

When you send a message, please make sure you use the right format.
Here is an EXAMPLE on how to send a Bulletin to ALL or everyone.

*** CONNECTED to R0MIR-1 [08/20/98 17:20:17]
[KPC9612P-8.1-HM$]
40833 BYTES AVAILABLE
THERE ARE 74 MESSAGES NUMBERED 6401-6782
Welcome to R0MIR-1 MIR Space Station. Please KILL your <OLD> & read messages!
ENTER COMMAND:  B,J,K,L,R,S, or Help >

SB ALL

40833 BYTES AVAILABLE
SUBJECT: Greetings from California

ENTER MESSAGE 6783--END WITH CTRL-Z OR /EX ON A SINGLE LINE
Hello MIR fans! From Scott in Aptos California. E-Mail: wa6lie@juno.com or
Packet: wa6lie@wa6lie.#wcca.ca.usa.noam

73, Scott

MESSAGE SAVED
ENTER COMMAND:  B,J,K,L,R,S, or Help >

This message now has been sent to ALL as a Bulletin with a subject and message.
To send a message to another ham, use the Send Private command SP instead of SB

SP CALLSIGN, Enter Subject of Message, then the message.
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MIR FREQUENCY INFORMATION

145.985 1200 baud packet and voice. (Voice is only when the crew might talk)
437.950 rx/435.750 tx - PL 141.3 SAFEX repeater  
437.925 rx/435.725 tx - PL 151.4 SAFEX crew QSO mode.

Callsigns:

R0MIR Keyboard callsign. NO CONNECTIONS ARE ALLOWED. Please don't try.
R0MIR-1 Packet mailbox
RR0DL SAFEX UHF repeater callsign
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R0MIR/R0MIR-1 QSL INFORMATION

QSLs must be sent along with a business-sized self-addressed stamped
envelope (the card will not fit in a regular-sized envelope). A "green
stamp" to cover postage would also be appreciated. USA ONLY
Please include two IRC's for international QSL requests.
The IRC must be dated 1998 because the post office will NOT accept IRC's
over one year old!

QSLs World Wide (EXCEPT EUROPE) should be sent to:

Dave Larsen N6CO
P.O.Box 1501
Pine Grove, California  95665
U.S.A.
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European QSLs go to:

Radio-Club "F5KAM - QSL Manager de "R0MIR"
" Carrefour International de la Radio"
22, Rue BANSAC - 63000 - CLERMONT-FERRAND - FRANCE
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MIREX WEB SITE INFORMATION

Additional information can be fornd at the MIREX web site at:

http://www.ik1sld.org/mirex.htm
-or-
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/3431/mirex.htm
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73, Scott WA6LIE

wa6lie@juno.com
wa6lie@wa6lie.#wcca.ca.usa.noam

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