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Mir School Schedule June 24, 1999

Mir Amateur Radio Status:  June 24, 1999

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

Mir School Schedules:
On Thursday June 24, the Pearl City High school in Hawaii had the privilege of
talking to three crew members of the Mir station. Cosmonauts Jean-Pierre
Heignere, Sergei Avdeyev  and Viktor Afanasyev all took turns answering
questions during a prearranged school schedule.
Note: Due to a lack of a third-party agreement between the USA and Russia, only
the Students with a FCC Amateur Radio license were allowed to talk to the Mir
crew.  The other students and guests could only listen.
The many students near-by, were still very excited to hear all of the questions
and answers and now SEE the live images of the Mir crew. Special thanks to all
of the groups who helped out with this project:

The Pearl City school district
Dave Larsen and the MIREX team
The Crew of the Russian Space Station Mir
Dave Hendric N1PPP

Basic run down of the Schedule:

The school acquired the initial signal at 14:10 UTC time.  The students began to
ask several of the questions of the three crew members.  Each crew member too
turns answering the multiple questions.  Then after approximate 5 minutes the
Mir crew and the school exchanged SSTV images.  This was the first time the Mir
crews have actually seen the students who they were talking with.  When the pass
ended at 14:20 UTC, the crew was told to contact
Dave Larsen N6CO.  Miles Mann WF1F had set up a three-way conference Telephone
call between Miles, Dave and Ted at the school in Hawaii.  When Mir came in
range of Dave Larsens QTH at 14:21 (near San Francisco), the students were able
to continue with their questions and answer time.  At approximate 14:28 Mir was
just about out of range of Dave Larnsen, so Dave asked Sergej Avdeyev to contact
Miles Mann WF1F to continue the radio link.  Miles picked up the radio  link at
14:30 UTC.  The link with the school was terminated and the Mir crew was
congratulated for a great school Schedule.  Miles then informed the Mir crew of
the next set of schedules which MAREX-NA and MAREX-Russian are currently working

The schools web page with some of the images.

Images digitized off the camera -

This is another example of multiple clubs working together for a common goal.
When we
all work together it makes the job more fun and easier.  Miles

Over the next 2 months we expect to run school schedules with a few more schools
world wide.
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.

Current Mir Crew Members:
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

The remaining crew consists of:

The French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere (aprox 6 months)
Cosmonaut Viktor Afanasyev (aprox 6 months)
Cosmonaut  Sergei  Avdeyev.   Sergei mission began August 16, and is expected to
last a total of 12 months.

Tracking Mir

The best way to track satellites is to get access to a good satellite tracking
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

Miles WF1F

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