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Mir ARS Status March 1, 1999, crew lands





Mir Amateur Radio Status:  March 1, 1998

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

New Mir Crew Members:
The current crew consists of:

Current Crew
SOYUZ TM-29 arrived at Mir on February 20, 1999.  Mir Soyuz TM-29 crew
consisted of French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere, Viktor Afanasyev  and
Slovakian Cosmonaut Ivan Bella
On February 28, some of the crew returned to earth, they were:
Slovak Ivan Bella and Gennadiy Paldalko.
Gennadiys mission lasted approximately 6 months (August 16 1998 – February
28 1999)

The remaining crew consists of:

The French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere
Cosmonaut Viktor Afanasyev
Cosmonaut Sergei Avdeyev.  Sergei mission began August 16, and is expected
to last a total of 9-11 months.

This will make the Mir crew 27 a three man crew. Energia informed me that
the French Cosmonaut Jean-Pierre did receive training on the MAREX-NA SSTV
project, and he has already sent a few SSTV images of him self and the rest
of the Mir crew.

New Mir projects:
This weekend I received a message from Energia informing me that the
initial testing of the future RS-19 are completed. RS-19 will be a project
similar to the RS-18 project. As soon as I get more information on this and
other projects, ill publish and post the links.

Hello Miles.
 All tests of RS-19 completed O.K.
73 RV3DR and F6FAO


Current Schedule for Packet PMS and SSTV:
The SSTV system was active for approximately 36 hours on Sunday/Monday (Feb
28- March 1)

The crew will do their best to keep the SSTV system active on weekends and
packet PMS operational on weekdays.

Equipment Pictures:
I am looking for Pictures of the Amateur Radio equipment currently on the
Russian Space Station Mir.
I have searched a few of the NASA archives, with limited luck.  Most of the
equipment shots I have received from other sources.  This week I received a
nice shot from Tony VK5ZAI.  The picture shows Astronaut Andy Thomas
talking on the 2-meter station from the Pirioda module on Mir.  In the back
ground you can see good shot of the MAREX-NA DCI filter.  The filter was
needed to keep the Mir 143 MHz commercial radio from De-sensing the 2-meter
station.

Current inventory list of amateur radio hardware on Mir:
SUFAX II Repeater (Icom)
Kenwood TM-733 (for PMS)
Kenwood TM-V7A (for SSTV)
Packcom TNC (old PMS modem)
Kantronics KPC-9612 (current PMS modem)

If you do find a good shots taken from Mir of the Amateur radio hardware,
please send the JPG or GIF to my E-mail address. The best pictures will be
posted to the MAREX-NA web page.

SSTV Receiving Software:
There are several SSTV software and hardware decoders on the market.  Some
you can buy
while others are shareware.
If you are just starting, you may want to try a software version first.
I am currently using Pasokon TV Lite for my DOS computer and W95SSTV with
my Win95
system.  Both systems are easy to use and produce good results.

Web pages, SSTV software pages.

John Langner , Pasokcon and others
http://www.ultranet.com/~sstv

W95SSTV
http://www.siliconpixels.com/W95SSTV/w95dload.htm

Mir School Schedules:
On Thursday Feb 25, the Schencksville School in Schnecksvill Pennsylvania
had the privilege of talking to three crew members of the Mir station.
Cosmonauts Jean-Pierre Heignere, Sergei Avdeyev and Ivan Bella all took
turns answering questions during a prearranged school schedule.
Due to a lack of a third-party agreement between the USA and Russia, only
the FCC licensed Amateur Radio operation Tom Daniels N3CXP got the
opportunity to talk to the Mir crew (the students were not allowed by FCC
rules to talk directly to the crew).  The 60 plus students near by, were
still very excited to hear all of the questions and answers.
Special thanks to all of the groups who helped out with this project:
MAREX-Russia
MAREX-NA
Dave Larsen at MIREX
and the Crew of the Russian Space Station Mir

Over the next 4 months we expect to run school schedules in the USA, Canada
and Australia.
MAREX-NA currently has a back log of schools waiting for Mir schedules.  We
are not currently looking for  any more schools in the USA at this time.
Note: During school schedules days, the SSTV system will usually be active.
This allows the Mir crew to see the children they are talking with.

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 (Kep’) 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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