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New Sputnik Keps Nov 16 04:51 utc

Hi Everyone:

Here are some fresh keps for Sputnik-41 / RS-18

Sputnik seems to be leading Mir by 6 minutes and 34 seconds (6:34).
Sputnik is flying 5 miles below Mir
in a shorter orbit. This will place Sputnik in front of Mir by 1700 miles.
The keps can be found in the http://celestrak.com/ web page under the
Master List.

Satellite: SPUTNIK-41
Object Number: 25533
NASA Designation:
Epoch Time, T0: 98 320.2024843
11/16/98 04:51:34.64 UTC
Epoch Rev, K0: 76
Mean Anomaly, M0:  12.44300

Mean Motion, N0: 15.72368940
Inclination, I0:  51.66340?
Eccentricity, E0: 0.00085320
Arg Perigee, W0: 347.63490?
R.A.A.N., O0: 353.97470?
Beacon Frq, F1: 145.815
Decay, N1:  1.33704e-003

Epoch was   1.4 days ago.
Satellite age is      6 days.
Orbital Period:    91.571 minutes
Perigee Height:    345.9 km
Apogee Height:    357.3 km

Mir's  Altitude
Epoch was   1.0 days ago.
Satellite age is   4635 days.
Orbital Period:    91.656 minutes
Perigee Height:    350.3 km
 Apogee Height:    361.2 km

1 25533U 98062C   98320.20248432  .00133704  00000-0  97252-3 0   133
2 25533  51.6634 353.9747 0008532 347.6349  12.4430 15.72368940   769

1 16609U 86017A   98320.52312080  .00097388  00000-0  75554-3 0  9676
2 16609  51.6600 352.3683 0008068 338.7116  21.3680 15.70987006727956
1 17845U 87030A   98319.75977255  .00042910  00000-0  33869-3 0  5927
2 17845  51.6582 356.2675 0007897 335.0880  25.0917 15.70918969661941
1 20335U 89093A   98319.75977255  .00042910  00000-0  33869-3 0  4172
2 20335  51.6582 356.2675 0007897 335.0880  25.0917 15.70918969510953
1 20635U 90048A   98319.75977255  .00042910  00000-0  33869-3 0  2096
2 20635  51.6582 356.2675 0007897 335.0880  25.0917 15.70918969481784
1 23579U 95024A   98319.75977255  .00042910  00000-0  33869-3 0  1735
2 23579  51.6582 356.2675 0007897 335.0880  25.0917 15.70918969199263
1 23848U 96023A   98319.75977255  .00042910  00000-0  33869-3 0  8551
2 23848  51.6582 356.2675 0007897 335.0880  25.0917 15.70918969146354
1 25429U 98047A   98319.75977255  .00042910  00000-0  33869-3 0  1065
2 25429  51.6582 356.2675 0007897 335.0880  25.0917 15.70918969 14827
1 25512U 98062A   98319.75977255  .00042910  00000-0  33869-3 0   334
2 25512  51.6582 356.2675 0007897 335.0880  25.0917 15.70918969  3402

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  Nov 16, 1998


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

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

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.

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  or Recorded voices of the
satellite, you can send away for a special Short Wave Listener SQL card.

The Sputnik RS-18 project is only expected to have enough battery power for
30 days of operation. There are no solar panels to recharge the batteries.
You should try to monitor sputnik soon and then send in for your SWL cards.
Last year, there were over 700 SWL cards received for RS-17.

Please use one of the following QSL managers and follow the directions for
that Manager
and included the following information:
Return Name and Address, country
Date and time you heard RS-18 (use the UTC time and date)
Signal report (Best guess)
Radio Station and Antenna (optional)

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.
Self Address Envelope, plus an IRC coupon


All Mir contacts, including SWL, Two-way voice or Packet connections
and including 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 two IRCís > for
international. If you are sending an IRC, Please make sure it is dated
1998, as the post office won't accept IRC's dated over 1 year old.
Make sure the cancel stamp is in the right place on the IRC.
"Green Stamps" (USA ONLY) are appreciated for covering additional costs.

Note: Dave Larsen MIREX / N6CO is not handling SWL cards for Sputnik,
please use the other addresses


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

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 orbit if Mir is constantly changing a little each week.  If you want to
know exactly where Mir located, you should be updating you tracking data
Kep files weekly.
The best place for current Kep data is at the CelesTrak web page

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.

Miles WF1F