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New Mir Amateur Radio Projects arrive

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  October 29, 1998

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

Hello everyone:

Some of you may have seen the MIRNEW.444 report regarding the status of the
new Amateur Radio project recently delivered to the Russian Space Station
The MIRENEWS.444 seems to contradict the memo I released yesterday.
With all due respect to the staff at MIRNEWS, the information they have
appears to be
out-of-date.  The two Amateur Radio projects were on a reserve status list
last week.
Which means that the projects would fly only if there was spare room on the
Progress M40 rocket.
I contacted the Chief of Cosmonaut Amateur Radio Department at RSC Energia
(Koroloev city Russia) today and talked with him directly (1600 UTC,
October 29, 1998).  According to the Chief of Cosmonaut Amateur Radio
Department, both projects were delivered to the
Russian Space Station Mir via the Progress M40 rocket.
This includes the Amsat France Spoutnik project and the MAREX-NA Slow Scan
TV project.

Excerpt from the MIRNEWS.444 Internet article:
27 OCTOBER 1998


Radio-amateur equipment: TsUP reported that the mini-sputnik, almost the
same as the Sputnik-40 and the promised gear for SSTV experiment could not
be transported to MIR with this Pr-M. Other items, for instance the
experiments for the French- and Slovak  expeditions and a French device for
the measurement of meteorite streams had a higher priority.

Chris van den Berg, NL-9165/A-UK3202


The PMS has been off for the past few days.  The system is expected to be
put back on
line soon.

The Amsat-France Sputnik RS-17-2  also called Spoutnik-41 arrived on the
Russian Space Station Mir this week.
The tentative launch date is currently scheduled for launch during the
space walk on November 10, 1998
The Official name of the new satellite is still being discussed there are
three possibilities

For more information about this project, please check out the Amsat-France
Web page.

The MAREX-NA Mir SSTV (Kenwood/Tasco) has also arrive on the Russian Space
Station Mir.

What is SSTV, Slow Scan Televisions:
It is a way of sending snapshot images over a radio.
Anyone with an existing SSTV system will be able to decode the Robot-36
format color images.
If you do not have an SSTV system, you will be able to down load the images
of the web.

The SSTV activation date is currently scheduled to take place in December
The proposed frequency will be 437.975 FM Simplex.

For additional information about the SSTV project, check out our web page
listed below.

Mir Amateur Radio Experiment- North American Division Engineering Team


“Miles” Mann WF1F
Chelmsford Massachusetts
MAREX-NA Director of Engineering.
Coordinated  the Design efforts of the Mir SSTV project, including funding,
hardware  acquisition  and  Mir  crew  training  in Star City Russia.  Also
designed and delivered two other projects to the Russian Space Station Mir.
The Kantronics KPC-9612 Modem upgrade and the DCI Filter projects.

Henry Cantrell W4HTB
Bowling Green, Kentucky
MIR SSTV Project- Designed Auto Controller

Boris Garber (not a amateur radio operator)
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Provided translation into Russian technical documentation

Don C. Miller W9NTP
Waldron, IN
Intergration  of  all  the different pieces equipment into a working module
and  to  take part in all tests such as terrestrial, airborne and satellite
relays through several amateur satellites.

Chris Scott  WB9NEQ
Bowling Green, Ky.
Assisted Hank Cantrell in testing the Slow scan unit in an aeronautical
 In particular he flew the airplane while ground stations recorded
transmission quality.  Transmission simulations have determined that
stations with a zero gain antenna system should be able to decode several
images a day.

 Farrell Winder W8ZCF
  Cincinnati, Ohio
Project originator and design integrator.

John Langner, W2OSZ
Chelmsford, Mass
Testing and evaluation

MAREX-NA sponsor List:

Kenwood Communications Corporation:
Provided the Kenwood TM-V7 Transceivers for the project

Apple Computer:
Provided the light-weight camera modules

Parrelex  controllers  cards  were used to automate the SSTV picture cycles
and Morse code ID

PictureTel Corporation:
Provided test facilities and support funding.

Provided the SSTV controllers and support.

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).

Mir Visibility:
Mir will be visible in the morning skies over North America most of this
month.  It will appear as a bright star moving very fast.  The best viewing
times are between 1 - 3 hours before your local sunrise. Use your own
tracking program or search the web for visibility listings.

ISS Amateur Radio Status:
The Russian Service module of the International Space Station (ISS also
called unofficially Alpha) will contain 4 antenna feed-through ports
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.
All cables and antenna feed through connections have been completed.
New multi antenna mounting bracket has been developed.
Antennas configurations:
Antenna #1     2m, 70cm,  23cm
Antenna #2     2m, 70cm, 23cm
Antenna #3     70cm, 23cm, 12cm
Antenna #4     HF

Ports 5 & 6 will be for UHF and SHF bands.
The first module, Zarya is scheduled for launch on a Russian Proton rocket
Nov. 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakstan.

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

Web Page information

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


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

     http://www.ik1sld.org/mirex.htm  OR

Copyright 1998 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
freely distributed via the following means - Email (including listservers),
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prior written consent from the author.

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