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Mir ARS Status April 13, 1999, AMSAT-RU

Mir Amateur Radio Status: April 13, 1999

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

There  is  a  new club in town.  The Amsat-Russia  is now an official club,
congratulations to everyone at Amsat-RU.  They even have their own web page
I  checked  out the web page this week and it looks good.   It is mostly in
Russian, but there is some English sections.
Sergej  Samburov   RV3DR  is  the  AMSAT-RU  Vice President of Manned Space
Flight  activities.   Sergej has been responsible for all of the successful
Amateur Radio programs on board the Russian Space station Mir.

RS-19 Ready for Launch
Progress rocket M41 was launched from Baykonur on April 2, 1999.  The cargo
rocket  docked  with  Mir  on  April  4.   The  rocket contains the typical
supplies,  Food,  Water, fuel and some lizards for biological studies.  The
RS-19 satellite is also on M41.  The current schedule calls for RS-19 to be
launched this Friday, April 16.

EVA correction:
I  have received new information on the crew members who will be performing
the  EVA  this Friday.  The names of the crew members who are participating
in  were  not  correct  in my last weeks memo.  Here is the correct line up
according to the information from Energia.

During  the  EVA  two  of  the  crewmembers (Commander Viktor Afanasyev and
French  Cosmonaut  Jean-Pierre  Heignere  )  will  exit the Mir station and
perform the EVA.  Flight engineer Sergei Avdeyev will stay inside Mir.  The
RS-19  satellite  will  be  hand  launched some time during the EVA. Sergei
Avdeyev  will  stay  inside  the  pressurized  section of Mir and will help
coordinate  the  EVA  activities  by  monitoring the radio transmission and
closely following the crew progress.  Sergei's job will also include taking
pictures  of  the  RS-19  satellite  (both Still and video images). Shortly
before the RS-19 launch, Sergei Avdeyev will turn off the Amateur Radio PMS
project and change the frequency of the Mir's Kenwood TM-733 to145.815.  He
will  use  the  Amateur Radio to monitor the signal of the RS-19 satellite.
If  the  satellites  signal  checks  out  Good, the RS-19 satellite will be
launched.  The actual launch will probably take place while Mir is in radio
range of Russian Mission control.

The  new  Sputnik can be heard on 145.812/815 (Adjust for Doppler).  Listen
closely  and  you  will  hear  the  up to 10 messages, repeated in multiple
different  languages.   I was informed that each message would be 7 seconds
long,  with  a  7-second pause.  There is the ability to change the message
every 24 hours.

Anyone with a simple 2-meter receiver or scanner should be able to hear the
voice recordings
being played by Sputnik.  Tentative launch date for Sputnik, April 16, 1999

Listening for Sputnik:
Sputnik  is  operating  close  to  the  frequency  145.815.  Of  course the
frequency will appear to drift due to normal Doppler effects.

Because  of Doppler shift, the signal may appear anywhere between 145.811 -
145.818   (I  rounded a little).  When Sputnik first comes in range for its
10  minute  pass,  the initial frequency plus Doppler will be approximately
145.818 (145.815 TX freq., plus 3.5k Doppler shift).
When  Sputnik  is  directly  over head, the frequency will be approximately
145.815.   Then as Sputnik passes away and nears the horizon, the frequency
will be approximately 145.812 (145.815, minus Doppler 3.5k).
If  you  have  an  FM  receiver  which can tune only in 5k Channels, try to
listen  for Sputnik on 145.820 at the beginning of the pass, then step down
to  145.815  and  145.810 towards the end of the pass. Sputnik can be heard
with most receivers, FM, CW or SSB.

I  do  not have accurate web page information for the Rs-19 project at this

The  100-mw  beacon can be heard in FM, CW or SSB modes.  Give it a try and
if  you hear the Beep Beep Beep of the Sputnik satellite, you can send away
for a special Short Wave Listener SQL card.

Please  use one of the following QSL managers and follow the directions for
that Manager.


All  Mir  contacts,  SWL,  Two-way  voice  or  Packet  connections (R0MIR),
including the new Sputnik Satellite RS-19

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.

QSL Information for SWL (Short Wave Listener)
Sergej Samburov
PO Box 73
Korolev-10 City
Moscow Area, 141070, Russia


For  Two-way  contacts  with  Mir  ONLY.   Just for the call sign R0MIR and
No SWL (Short Wave Listener) cards will be issued at this address.

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

Please  include  a  SASE  (Business Size Envelope) and one or more IRC  for
If  you  are  sending an IRC, please make sure it is dated 1998, as my post
office will not accept IRC dated over 1 yr. old.
Note:  Dave  Larsen  MIREX  /  N6CO  is not handling SWL cards for Sputnik,
please use the other address


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 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.

Mir Data:
Launch dates and names
Mir (base block) Peace   1986
Kvant-1   Quantum-1 1987
Kavant-2  Quantum-2 1989
Kristall  Crystal        1990
Spektr         Spectrum  1995
Priroda        Nature         1996
Soyuz          Union          TM-29      1999
Progress  Progress  M-41 1999

PMS Status (Personal Message System):
The PMS activity was a little intermittent last week.

MAREX-NA Web Page:
For  more  information  about  MAREX-NA  and  out  past, present and future
project, please visit
our new home page:

Tracking Mir:
For    current   tracking   data,   try   the   CelesTrak   web   page   at

Copyright  1999  Miles  Mann,  All  Rights  Reserved.  This document may be
freely distributed via the following means - Email (including listservers),
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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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