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Mir crew confirms arrival of two new Amateur Radio projects

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  November 1, 1998

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

Great News:
Today I spoke with the commander of the Russian Space Station Mir,  Sergei
(via 2 meters 14:10 UTC November 1, 1998).
Sergej Avdeyev confirmed the arrival of the two new Amateur Radio projects,
which arrived this
week on the Progress M40 supply ship.
The two projects include the Amsat France Sputnik RS-17-2 Digital voice
playback satellite and the MAREX-NA Slow Scan TV.
During the  conversation we discussed several topics.  The Mir crew is
currently getting ready for a Space Walk (EVA) next week.  The Space walk
will take place on November 10th.
During the space walk the crew plans on Hand-launching the new RS-17-2
Digital Voice playback satellite.

The PMS is back on the AIR.  The Mir crew had to move a few power cables,
which required
additional Down-time for the Personal Message System.

The Amsat-France Sputnik RS-17-2  also called Spoutnik-41 arrived on the
Russian Space Station Mir this week. The Mir crew is currently getting
ready for a Space Walk (EVA) next week.  The Space walk will take place on
November 10th.
During the space walk the crew plans on Hand-launching the new RS-17-2
Digital Voice playback satellite.

The Official name of the new satellite is still being discussed there are
three possibilities
RS-17-2, RS-18 or Spoutnik-41

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.
The Mir crew said they were very interested in getting the SSTV system
running so that people could see the crew working on Mir.  The SSTV system
is also capable of receiving SSTV images too.  Most of the time the system
will be in Down-link mode only.
The installation of the system is very complex and will require a complete
antenna/filter reconfiguration.  After the process is completed we will
announce an SSTV start date.

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).

Web Page information:

I have posted a new set of pictures taken during my visit to Star City.
The pictures include
shots of the current Mir crew receiving training on the SSTV project and a
of the Mir Flight training facility.

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),
Usenet, and WorldWideWeb.  It may not be reproduced for profit including,
but not limited to, CD ROMs, books, and/or other commercial outlets without
prior written consent from the author.

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