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Happy Bday Mir, 14 years flying, 11 years Ham




Happy Birth Day Mir

February 23, 2000

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

Hi everyone:

The Russian Space Station Mir was launched 14 years ago on January 17,
1986.  T
he first Mir crew moved in to Mir in March 1986 with Leonid Kizim and
Vladimir Solovyov.

The Mir station went on-the-air with Amateur Radio equipment in November
1988.  
That's over 11 years of Amateur Radio duty. 
More Amateur Radio operators have been introduced to Satellite
operations via 
Mir than any other Amateur Radio Satellite project ever flown. And the
fun is 
expected to continue beginning in April 2000, when the next Mir crew
moves in 
and reactivates the Voice, Packet and SSTV systems.

For those following Mir there is some very interesting News  reported by
MSNBC now running on their Web page at:

                 http://www.msnbc.com/news/317270.asp


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In a few months the Mir Space Station may be activating the amateur
radio projects, 
including the MAREX-NA SSTV project.  
The International Space Station (the space station with out an official
name) may also 
be installing a new SSTV system as early as Q4 2000.  
Now is the time to start getting your satellite station  ready to
transmit and 
receive Slow Scan Television signals.


I have provided a few web links, which can help you, get your satellite 
station ready to receive SSTV images.


Suggested Receiving Station for Satellite SSTV Images.
http://www.siliconpixels.com/marex/MirSSTVStation.htm

MAREX-NA home page
http://www.siliconpixels.com/marex/index.htm
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