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Mir,Sputnik Status Nov 30, 1998

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  Nov 30, 1998

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

SPOUTNIK 41 or RS-18
Sputnik is still talking and beeping, but you do not have much time left to
hear Sputnik.
Sputnik was launched on the evening of November 10, 1998 from the Russian
Station Mir.  The batteries on board are only expected to last
approximately 30 days.  It is not possible to calculate the exact
expiration date of the batteries.  It could go silent any time between now
and the end of December.
In North America, Sputnik can now be heard during the Evening passes
starting around 4P.M. (east coast EDT).  Sputnik will typically be in
hearing range 4-6 times a day.

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.
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


ís Altitude (Nov 25, 1998)
Orbital Period:    91.630 minutes
Perigee Height:    349.2 km
Apogee Height:    359.8 km

RS-18 Altitude (Nov 25, 1998)
Satellite age is     19 days.
Orbital Period:    91.391 minutes
Perigee Height:    336.4 km
Apogee Height:    349.1 km

Sputnik RS-18 is leading the Mir station by over 46 minutes or 13,500

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.
Your QSL and SWL cards are important.

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.  Envelope size should be at
least 10.5 x 15 cm.


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


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, Sputnik and Zarya

The best way to track satellites 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 of Mir is constantly changing a little each week.  If you want to
know exactly where Mir is located, you should be updating you tracking data
Kep files weekly.
The best place for current Kep data is at the CelesTrak web page
Due to the holidays in the USA this data is from November 25, 1998.

     1 16609U 86017A   98329.49132415  .00027010  00000-0  21110-3 0  9891
     2 16609  51.6595 306.5259 0007885  13.4961 346.6166 15.71398324729369
     1 25544U 98067A   98329.12301613  .00093099  00000-0  11582-2 0   381
     2 25544  51.5942 143.0940 0009438 218.5056 141.4794 15.59130898   773
     1 25533U 98062C   98329.09371907  .00157668  00000-0  10295-2 0   151
     2 25533  51.6585 308.3583 0009423  21.5560 338.5845 15.74789675  2161

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

Miles WF1F