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Pending Mir AR Projects: Nov 24, 1998

Pending Mir Amateur Radio Projects:  Nov 24, 1998

By Miles Mann WF1F

Projects on Mir Waiting for activation:

Tentative Activation December 1998
The MAREX-NA Mir SSTV (Kenwood/Tasco) has also arrive on the Russian Space
Station Mir.  The Mir crew are looking forward to activating the SSTV
system this winter.  The MAREX-NA team is actively working with the Energia
engineers to schedule an installation.

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.

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


Znamya 2.5 or Banner:
Tentative activation date, February 1999

The Banner is a  large round reflector attached to the end of the Progress
M40 cargo rocket.
When the Banner is deployed in February 1999, it will be visible in the
evening sky in many
parts of the world.  The reflected light of Znamya-2.5 is 5-10 times
brighter than the full Moon
It may also be possible to reflect radio signals off the Znamya.  If you
have a high power
Amateur Radio EME system, you may be able to have an E-Znamya-E contact.

For the rest of us we will have to be content with just looking at Znamya
and getting a
SWVisibility card.
The MAREX-Russia team will be issuing a QSL type card for people who spot
the Znamya Banner.  The team is interested in getting reports from around
the world on the visibility
of the Znamya Banner.  If you do see it, then you can send away for a card.
include the usually information, name, address, country, Date and time (UTC
format) you
saw Znamya and a short description of  how bright it appeared.

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


Schedule: The Znamya 2.5 reflector was delivered to Mir aboard Progress
M-40 on October 27, 1998. The deployment is planned for  mid-February 1999
just after the undocking of Progress M-40. The nominal duration of the
experiment is 24 hours. Mir and Progress M will complete 16 revolutions
around the globe and cover all the world continents.

For more information about the Znamya project, check out the Energia web
page below.

Will Znamya be visible from North America?
That is a good question.  It depends on the date Znamya will be launched.

ís orbit is constantly changing under the control of the Mir Auto-pilot
controlled engine and gyros.
Mir and Znamya would be visible if, there is an over head pass
approximately 1-3 hours after sunset or before sunrise.  My tracking
program lists Mir as being in the evening sky over the eastern part of
North America in the early evening.  However, long term tracking of a
Manned object is not very accurate.  We will know better where Mir and
Znamya will be in January as we
get closer to the Znamya launch date.

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