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Mir SSTV ACTIVE FEB 4, 1620 UTC










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

NOT SURE IF IT HAS BEEN DEPLOYED YET, BUT THE MIR CREW
IS SENDING SSTV IMAGES TODAY 145.985 FM SIMPLEX

FEB 4, 1998 16:20 UTC TIME.



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.
Just
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

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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.
http://www.energialtd.com/

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
angle.
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
location.

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




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

www.marex-na.org


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
Mir
are considered public domain and may be freely distributed, without prior
permission.



Miles WF1F





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