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Sputnik is on the AIR

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  Nov 11, 1998


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

SPOUTNIK 41 or RS-18
Sputnik is on the Air.
Congratulations to Energia

ís Amateur Radio department, the Mir crew,
AMSAT-France team., Gerard Auvray and everyone who supported the Sputnik
Signal reports have already begin to come in from around the world as the
newest Amateur Radio
Satellite takes to the air-waves.
I heard the signals from the new satellite on November 11, 04:25 UTC from
Boston Mass.

Sputnik was launched on the evening of November 10, 1998 from the Russian
Station Mir.  The new Sputnik can be heard on 145.815 (Adjust for Doppler).
Listen closely and you will hear the three messages, repeated in three
different languages, French, English and Russian.

Anyone with a simple 2-meter receiver or scanner should be able to hear the
voice recordings
being played by Sputnik.

Listening for Sputnik:
Sputnik is operating on the frequency 145.815.
Earlier I passed on a different frequency, but after analyzing todayís
Sputnik pass and compensating for Doppler, the frequency appears to be on
145.815 FM.  Of course
the frequency will appear to drift due to normal Doppler effects.

Because of Doppler shift, the signal may appear anywhere between 145.811 -
(I rounded a little).  When Sputnik first comes in range for its 10 minute
pass, the initial frequency plus
Doppler will be approximately 145.818 (145.815 TX freq., plus 3.5k Doppler
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 145.812 (145.815, minus Doppler 3.5k).
If you have an FM receiver which can tune only in 5k Channels, try to
listen for Sputnik on 145.820 at the beginning of the pass, then step down
to 145.815 and 145.810 towards the end of the pass. Sputnik can be heard
with most receivers, FM, CW or SSB.

Signal Quality:
The Audio Sounded Great.  After you compensate for Doppler, the Audio is
clear and crisp.
I was able to get at least S4 Signal readings with a Zero Gain antenna,
while the satellite
was 800 miles away.

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.

This address is for the SWL cards for the Sputnik-41 Amsat-France project.

QSL manager RS18
14 bis rue des Gourlis
92 500 Rueil-Malmaison

Send an ETSA + 1 IRC.


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 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


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

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 and Sputnik
There are no KEPís for Sputnik at this time.  Please us the  Mir Keps until
is issued its own set of keps.

The best way to track Mir and Sputnik 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.

 Orbital Period:    91.707 minutes
 Perigee Height:    353.2 km
 Apogee Height:    363.4 km

1 16609U 86017A   98313.20647904  .00054118  00000-0  43356-3 0  9375
2 16609  51.6610  29.7378 0007698 308.8009  51.2381 15.70462575726802

Copyright 1998 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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Miles WF1F