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Mir Status, Vk School July 21, 1999

Mir Amateur Radio Status: July 21, 1999

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

Mir School Schedules with Renmark Primary School in South Australia:

The MAREX-NA team runs Pre-arranged School Schedules with the crew of the
 Russian Space Station Mir.  Last night we celebrated our version of the
 30 year anniversary of landing a man on the moon by arranging a School
schedule between some lucky students in Parainga South Australia and the
 crew member of the Space Station Mir.

The students from the Renmark Primary School in South Australia had the
opportunity to talk to all three members of the Mir Space Station on July
 21, 1999 (French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere, Viktor Afanasyev and
Sergei Avdeyev).  The students asked a variety of questions including:

Ashley (12 years old)
       Quest.1: What type of food do you eat on Mir and how do you heat it?
       Quest.2: Do you gain weight or loose weight  in space ?

Kyle (12 years old)
       Quest.3: Do you exercise to keep fit and for how long ?
       Quest.4: Do you see any old space junk orbiting ?

A more details list of questions and answers will be posted later.

I would like to thank all of the people who help out with another successful
 MAREX-NA Mir School schedule:
Dave Hendrick N1PPP,  coordination and training
The MAREX-NA team,
The engineers at MAREX-Russia, scheduling
And all of the people at the Renmark Primary School in South Australia and
Tony Hutchinson VK5ZAI for all their hard work.

As time permits the MAREX-NA team has been granted permission to runs school
schedules with the crews on Mir. All schedules are arranged months in advance
with the engineers at Energia in Russia.

Sadly this is the last MAREX-NA school Schedule with the Russian Space Station
Mir for the year 1999.  The MIREX and MAREX-NA teams have run over 70 School
schedules world wide with the Mir station since 1991.
This not Good-By, this is DOSVIDANIYA  Till-We-Meet-Again.
(pronounced  DO-SVI-DAN'YA )
The Mir station will be temporarily un-manned from August 23, 1999 until
February 2000.  Then a new Mir crew will move back into the Russian Space
Station Mir next year.  The tentative plan is to keep the Russian Space Station
Mir flying until February 2001.
The MAREX-NA team will then begin school schedules again next year with both the

Russian Space Station Mir and the International Space Station, Alpha.

Supply rocket Arrives:
The Progress supply rocket arrived at the Mir station last weekend.  The crew
already begun to eat all of the special meals prepared for the crew.
Below is an excerpt of a Mail message from Jean-Pierre to Tony VK5ZAI

MSG#275 07/20/99 00:12:34 FROM R0MIR TO VK5ZAI
SUBJECT: OK for school contact

The Progress has successfully docked Sunday and everything is going well on
board, although we are a bit overloaded.

What Jean-Pierre means by Overloaded, is that now the crew has to Unloaded all
of the supplies from the Full Progress rocket and find a place to store
  Then when the Progress is completely empty, the crew can then begin to load
of the trash they have been saving for the past few weeks into the Progress
  The Progress rockets serve a double duty, first they bring supplies, then they

are used to remove all of the trash from Mir.

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:
The Mir crew is active on Voice randomly on 145.985 FM Simplex
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

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 Manager
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
 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
 distributed via the following means - Email (including listservers), Usenet,
 and World-Wide-Web.  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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