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Mir Sputnik Status Nov 5, 1998

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  Nov 5, 1998

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

Hello everyone:

Sputnik or Spoutnik is tentatively planned to be hand launched the morning
of November 11, from the Russian Space Station Mir.
Anyone with a simple 2-meter receiver or scanner should be able to hear the
voice recordings
being played by Sputnik.
Notes:  The launch time is tentative, based on the crews work load.  The
EVA is currently
scheduled to start around November 10 at 2200 UTC and end at 0200 - 0400
Stations in Europe will be able to hear the Satellite first.
North America may be able to hear the satellite
beginning at 11:30 P.M. EDT. (0430 UTC) on Monday evening.

Listening for Sputnik:
Sputnik is operating on the frequency 145.812.
Because of Doppler shift, the signal may appear anywhere between 145.808 -
(I rounded a little).  When Sputnik first comes in range for its 10 minute
pass, the initial frequency plus
Doppler will be approximately 145.816 (145.812.5 TX freq., plus 3.5k
Doppler shift).
When Sputnik is directly over head, the frequency will be approximately
Then as Sputnik passes away and nears the horizon, the frequency will be
approximately 145.809 (145.812.5, minus Doppler 3.5k).
If you have an FM receiver which can tune only in 5k Channels, try to
listen for Sputnik on 145.815 at the beginning of the pass, then step down
to 145.810 and 145.805 towards the end of the pass. Sputnik can be heard
with most receivers, FM, CW or SSB.

There are several other satellites which share this part of the 2-meter
band. One of the satellites you my also hear with a simple FM radio, is
This satellite transmits normal AX.25 FM Packet on 145.825.

For more information about this project, please check out the Amsat-France
Web page and
follow the links to the Sputnik

The 200 mw beacon can be heard in either FM, CW or SSB modes.
Give it a try and if you hear the Beep Beep Beep of the Sputnik
satellite, you can send away for a special Short Wave Listener SQL card.

Please use one of the following QSL managers and follow the dcirections for
that Manager.


All Mir contacts, SWL, Two-way voice or Packet connections (R0MIR),
the new Sputnik Satellite RS-18 / Sputnik 41

Envelopes should be well sealed and do not include cash.
Send a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope ) and one or two IRC coupons
(which can be purchased at major US post offices).
Do not make any notes on the out side of the envelope with Amateur Radio
Call signs visible.

QSL Information for SWL (Short Wave Listener)
Sergej Samburov
PO Box 73
Korolev-10 City
Moscow Area, 141070, Russia


For Two-way contacts with Mir ONLY.  Just for the call sign R0MIR and
No SWL (Short Wave Listener) cards will be issued at this address.

Dr. Dave Larsen - N6CO/K6MIR
 PO Box 311
 Pine Grove, California

Please include a SASE (Business Size Envelope) and one IRC > for
If you are sending a IRC , PLES Make sure it is dated 1998 , as my post
office will not accept IRC dated over 1 yr. old.
The QSL Mgr. [ N6CO ] has told indicated that over that last 3 months over
500 QSL cards have been sent out and would like to Thank
EVERYONE that sent "Green stamps" along with their cards.
Note: Dave Larsen MIREX / N6CO is not handling SWL cards for Sputnik,
please use the other addresses

Note:  There may be a special QSL address for Sputnik posted next week.

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.

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

Tracking Mir:
The best way to track Mir is to get access to a good satellite tracking
program.  There are numerous programs on the market, both for sale and
share ware.

The data below (Keps) is used to track Mir position in orbit.  Mir is in a
353 kilometer orbit (aprox 220 miles).  The orbit if Mir is constantly
changing a little each week.  If you want to know exactly where Mir
located, you should be updating this file weekly.
The best place for current Kep data is at the CelesTrak web page
When Sputnik is launched, it will be right next to Mir for the first few
days, then Sputnik
will slowly start drifting away from Mir.
Keps for Sputnik will be posted a few days after Sputnik is launched.

 Epoch was   1.4 days ago.
 Satellite age is   4626 days.
 Orbital Period:    91.707 minutes
 Perigee Height:    353.2 km
  Apogee Height:    363.4 km

1 16609U 86017A   98309.19709020  .00062048  00000-0  50292-3 0  9273
2 16609  51.6615  50.2048 0007576 292.2801  67.5867 15.70127219726173
1 17845U 87030A   98308.75157753  .00119687  00000-0  95892-3 0  5816
2 17845  51.6609  52.4762 0007862 287.8298  72.1708 15.70126746660216
1 20335U 89093A   98308.75157753  .00119687  00000-0  95892-3 0  4061
2 20335  51.6609  52.4762 0007862 287.8298  72.1708 15.70126746509227
1 20635U 90048A   98308.75157753  .00119687  00000-0  95892-3 0  1984
2 20635  51.6609  52.4762 0007862 287.8298  72.1708 15.70126746480059
1 23579U 95024A   98308.75157753  .00119687  00000-0  95892-3 0  1624
2 23579  51.6609  52.4762 0007862 287.8298  72.1708 15.70126746197537
1 23848U 96023A   98308.75157753  .00119687  00000-0  95892-3 0  8440
2 23848  51.6609  52.4762 0007862 287.8298  72.1708 15.70126746144628
1 25340U 98031A   98302.06841029  .00028825  00000-0  24388-3 0  1778
2 25340  51.6552  86.5789 0009340 245.5065 114.4977 15.69432016 26217
1 25429U 98047A   98308.75157753  .00119687  00000-0  95892-3 0   953
2 25429  51.6609  52.4762 0007862 287.8298  72.1708 15.70126746 13091
1 25512U 98062A   98308.75157753  .00119687  00000-0  95892-3 0   223
2 25512  51.6609  52.4762 0007862 287.8298  72.1708 15.70126746  1675

Copyright 1998 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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prior written consent from the author.

Miles WF1F

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