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Mir Amateur Radio / Znamya launch and qsl info

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  Feb 4, 1999

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

Znamya 2.5 or Banner:
Tentative activation date, February 4, 1999 , 1P.M. Moscow time

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.
Mirror is 25 meters across.

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 usual 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 February 4, 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?
Yes, is should.
If the launch takes place on February 4th as planned, then Znamya will be
visible in the evening sky

ís over north America that same evening.
The first pass over the East Coast (Boston Ma) of North America is around
22:10 UTC February 4.
Sunset is at 21:50 utc, It is possible that the first pass may not be
visible becaue the sky may be too bright to see the banner, but is would be
still worth looking for.
The next pass is at 23:46, which will be a perfect time biased on the suns
Use your own tracking program for exact times for you specific location.

Mir and Znamya should be visible in many parts of the world if, there is a
pass approximately 1-3 hours after sunset or before sunrise for your

Additional web sides courtesy of Kerwin N7JGW
Linkname: Znamya Space Mirror
            URL: http://www.space-frontier.org/EVENTS/Znamya/

       Linkname: List of targeted illumination areas!
            URL: http://src.space.ru/inform1-e.htm

Current Schedule for Packet PMS and SSTV:
The Mir crew had time to switch on the SSTV last weekend and left it
running all day Sunday.  Station all around the word has access to some
very good pictures, looking out from a few different windows of the Prioida
module.  I have seen a few good pictures of the great lakes in North

Web pages, SSTV software pages.

John Langner , Pasokcon and others


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.  (Sergei and Gennadiy both received
training on the MAREX-NA SSTV system in Star City).

Web Page information:
The new MAREX-NA SSTV web is under construction but is now ON line, check
it out.


Tracking Mir

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/

Copyright 1999 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.
Images received from the MAREX-NA SSTV system on the Russian Space Station
are considered public domain and may be freely distributed, without prior

Miles WF1F