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Good by Little Sputnik, Staus Dec 12/98

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  Dec 12, 1998

Good by Little Sputnik RS-18/Sputnik-41
29 Days

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

Sputnik 41 or RS-18
The reports are coming in from around the world, it seems that the little
Sputnik went silent around
December 9, 1998.  I have also been monitoring for the past two days with
out any success
in hearing the signal.
I am interested in hearing signals reports of exactly when it went to
I would like to thank all of the people at Amsat-France, Energia and all of
the supporting
groups for giving Amateur Radio Satellite a little boost.

The Sputnik satellite was design to run approximately 30 days on batteries

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

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 IRC

ís  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


Next Sputnik:
There are tentative plans for a new Sputnik in Spring 1999
More details later.

Tracking Mir and Sputnik

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 best place for current satellite position date (Kepí) data is at the
CelesTrak web page http://celestrak.com/

     1 25533U 98062C   98344.10089547  .00268368  00000-0  12546-2 0   348
     2 25533  51.6734 230.8597 0005014 124.2878 235.8598 15.81946251  4536
     1 16609U 86017A   98344.17620028  .00027776  00000-0  20665-3 0   473
     2 16609  51.6577 231.3795 0008131  70.2105 289.9771 15.72550356731679

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