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Mir Status July 14,1999, Air leak fixed

Mir Amateur Radio Status: July 14, 1999

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

Air leak fixed:
During  our  weekly teleconference with Energia we were informed the Air leak on
Mir  has  been  fixed.   Energia and the crew are always concerned about any air
leak.   The  size  of  the  air leak determines its severity.  For example, if a
large  space  station  is  loosing  1  cubic foot of air per month, than that is
considered  very  good and not a serious problem.  However, if you are loosing 1
cubic  foot  of air per hour, then you have a real problem.  This weeks air leak
was a very small leak and the crew was able to find and fix the problem quickly.

Supply rocket delay:
The  Progress  supply  rocket  which was scheduled to launch on July 14 is being
delayed  until  approximately  July  20.   This launch is being be delayed while
officials try to figure out what went wrong with a similar rocket launch earlier
this  month.   The Mir crew always has at least a 30 day back up supply of food,
water and suplies, just in case a cargo rocket gets delayed.

Future Voice schedules with Mir:
The  MAREX-NA  team  has  been running Official Voice Schedules with the Russian
Space  Station Mir since September 1991.  Most of these schedules have been with
schools  around the world (over 70 schools).  During the month of August we hope
the make a schedule with the world.  I know there are many people who have never
talked  to a Cosmonaut in space before and we are trying to work out the details
for  Mir  crew  voice  time.  The tentative dates for the Public Mir voice radio
schedules are August 1, 8 and 15th.
All  Radio  schedules  are  based  on the Mir crews work load and are subject to
change with out notice.

Stay tuned for further details.

Voice Contact Tips:
1 Listen first before Transmitting.
2 Wait until the crew says CQ or QRZ
We have been teaching the crew more Amateur Radio protocol and they are catching
on, slowly.

3  When  you hear CQ/QRZ, just say the last two letters of you calls sign, twice
and that?s all
     example:   WF  WF    (don?t say anything else, until you hear the crew say,
something similar too.  Station WF please continue?.

4  Keep  your  conversation  short  and speak very slowly.  If you are fluent in
French or Russian that?s better, use the appropriate languages or English too.

5  When  you are done, the crew will usually remember to say CQ/QRZ for the next
station  waiting.  When  the band is too crowded, Jean-Pierre usually says Break
Break, which is his way of asking all stations to please stop transmitting.

6  If  the  crew  is  on  voice, do not send any packet messages.  The crew will
sometimes leave the Kantronics KPC-9612 ON, while they are on voice.  This is so
they can read OLD mail while
they are talking on voice.

7.  Do  not  ask  the crew about the QSL card procedures.  The Mir crew does not
Keep a log
of radio contacts.  Just send a card to one of the two address below.

Current Channel, 145.985 FM Simplex.

I  would  like  to  ask  everyone  to  please be patient regarding Amateur Radio
operations  on  Mir.   The  Amateur  Radio  portion  of  the Mir experiments are
primarily OFF-Hours experiments.  The Mir crews do have a very busy schedule and
only  have  a  very  limited  amount of FREE-Time to use the educational Amateur
Radio experiments.

QSL Update:
The QSL cards for Sputnik RS-18 are in the mail.  Several stations have reported
receiving  the  QSL  cards  this  past  week.  The card consists of a nice color
picture  of  satellite  under construction and pictures of all of the people who
recorded  their  voices  into  the  pre-recorded  messages  on the Sputnik RS-18
satellite.  These cards are coming from the French QSL managers which was set up
special for the RS-18 QSL address at:

QSL manager RS18
14 bis rue des Gourlis
92 500 Rueil-Malmaison

The  QSL  cards  for  RS-18 sent to the Russian address have not be put into the
mail at this time.

QSL Information:

Please use one of the following QSL managers and follow the directions for that
and included the following information:

Return Name and Address, country, ZIP
Date and time of your contact, In UTC format
Signal report (Best guess)
Radio Station and Antenna (optional)

All Mir contacts, including SWL, Two-way voice or Packet connections (R0MIR),
and including the Sputnik Satellites

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.

Temporally out of QSL cards!

Sergej Samburov
PO Box 73
Korolev-10 City
Moscow Area, 141070, Russia


The California address still has a short supply of cards in stock.
For Two-way contacts with Mir ONLY.  Just for the call sign R0MIR and R0MIR-1
No SSTV-SWL (Short Wave Listener) cards will be issued at this address.
No Sputnik-SWL cards

Dr. Dave Larsen - N6CO/K6MIR
PO Box 311
Pine Grove, California

Please include a SASE (Business Size Envelope) and two IRC?s  for international.
If you are sending an IRC, Please make sure it is dated 1999, 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


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, 1998 and will end
on August 23, 1999.  On this Mission Sergei spent just over 1 full year on board
the Mir Space Station.
On June 20, 1999, Sergej broke the worlds record for Total-Time-In-Space.
Sergei has spent over two full years in space when you combine all the time from
all of his missions together.

Tracking Mir:
For current tracking data, try the CelesTrak web page at http://celestrak.com/

Copyright  1999  Miles  Mann,  All Rights Reserved.  This document may be freely
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Miles WF1F

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