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Mir SSTV 10yr Anniversary

ISS Amateur Radio Status: March 11, 2008
By Miles Mann WF1F,

MAREX-MG News	www.marexmg.org

Manned Amateur Radio Experiment

Slow Scan TV from Space Station Mir, 10 years later.

On December 12, 1998 the crew members of the Russian
Space station Mir activated the Marex SSTV system. 
Over the next two years the system broadcasted over
20,000 SSTV images back to earth via Amateur Radio.

Many of the images were quiet spectacular.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the successful
imaging project, the Marx team is planning on
upgrading our web page system to accommodate the many
images that were transmitted during the projects 2
year run.  In 1998 we just did not have the resources
in place to handle the hundreds of images coming in
every day.  As a result only a small select on of the
images were ever posted for public enjoyment.

Here is where we need your help.
Out of the 20,000 images sent to earth, we believe
that only approximately a 1,000 images were saved by
the general amateur radio public around the world.  We
would like you to search your disk drives for those
images that you received during the project which ran
from December 1998 until 2000. Please send the images
to Marex so that we can add them to our new web page.

We are interested in high quality and unique images.

In December  98 and January 99,  there were many times
when the Mir  crews would put on Slid shows for the
public and demonstrate the Musical skills and show us
scenes of the holidays.

One good string of images came from the Mir shutdown
in August 1999.  The Mir crew left the SSTV system
running showing inside shots while the crew packet up
the Space Station just before leaving the station.

So start searching your disk dive and see if you can
find some good images.

When you find them please send the Marex and will add
them to our web page.
Here are a few scattered pages with some of the Mir
SSTV images


Images and links for SSTV images from Mir 1998-2001

If you have any more that are different or have better
quality, please forward those images to Marex. 
Mail your images to Marex at:


In order to properly catalog the images we request
that you use the following image naming format. After
you receive you images, please rename the images using
the following format, All Lower case letters. 

Year 99, Month 07, Day 31,  (UTC time), Call sign,

In many cases you many not know the exact date or UTC
time.  Sometimes you can derive this information from
the time stamp of the original image.  Just take your
best guess on the date and time.


New format:

If we break this down 
Year =99
Month = 07
Day = 31
Time = 1905 UTC
Call sign = wf1f
Image format = jpg

Image Quality
Please do not put any text over lays on the images,
Example, do not put web page or advertisements in the

We would also like to know the following Optional
information in your email.

Name or Call sign
Country / State
Software decoding tool
Elevation or range of ISS when you decoded the image.

If you are interested in learning more about Slow Scan
TV, here are a few links.
SSTV Decoding Software

There are many choices in SSTV software, some Free,
others with more features cost a few bucks. 

The Marex SpaceCam1 is currently on ISS.  It was
successfully tested in August 2006 using a “Borrowed”
laptop.  The laptops computers are in very short
supply on ISS.  We are patiently waiting permission to
Borrow another laptop.

ARISS Web page and other great Space projects

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG

Until we meet again


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