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Mir Voice Schedule Update from Mir 11:30 UTC

August 15, 1999
11:30 UTC

Hello everyone:

I just had a take with ean-Pierre Heignere  (JP) on Mir regarding the upcoming
Voice Schedule with Mir.

JP stated the Mir crew will be very busy during the specific published time
of 14:14 - 15:15 UTC.  JP said, there is a possibility the crew may not be able
be present during the whole pass.  However they will do their best and the Mir
crew has been active on 2-meter voice from 10:14 UTC until 11:40 UTC to help
compensate for any possible missed times during the official time.
Normally there is no official COM traffic with the Mir crew on Sundays.
But due to the busy work preparing the crew for their return home in two weeks,
the Mir
crew is on the official commercial COM channel with Mission control when ever
are over a VHF ground station.  This includes the VHF NASA ground stations in
the USA.

So, even though parts of the schedule may be cut short, the Mir crew has already
active for over an hour today.

Druign the 11:30 UTC pass over the carabiean and east coast of the USA,
JP made several 2-way QSO's and sent down to Earth several SSTV images.

One station asked JP about QSL cards, JP said, I do not write anyting down
I do not QSL.
What JP meant, is that He is not activally managing the QSL process.
No QSL logss are kept.
All Mir QSL are on the honnor system.
If you hear Mir or have a 2-way, you can use the Address below for QSL

Good Luck, Miles

Mir Amateur Radio Status: August 9, 1999

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

The third  and last MAREX-NA Public Voice Schedule for 1999 with Mir
will take place on August 15.

All Radio schedules are based on the Mir crews work load and are subject to
with out notice.

The Mir crew will specifically set aside a specific time slot of 60 minutes of
time on specific dates to talk to as many people around the world as possible
Amateur Radio. This special MAREX-NA Public Schedule will allow many people from
around the opportunity to tell the Mir crew "Thank You" and for the crew to
the people that they will be back in the winter.

We are anticipating a very large number of Amateur Radio Stations to be calling
crew of Mir on the public Mir Amateur Radio channel of 145.985 FM simplex.
Mir has a Receiver (hearing) range of over 1500 miles in all directions, the
primary channel will become too congested with people calling the Russian Space
Station Mir.  To help reduce channel congestion, we have proposed that the Mir
crew use a total of three different channels for this MAREX-NA Public Voice
Schedule. The multiple channel format has been used on the Shuttle projects
in the past, however the frequencies we will use for the Russian Space Station
Mir will not be exactly same as the Shuttle.  The frequencies that MAREX-NA
is proposing have been recommended by AMSAT and the IARU.

The MAREX-NA Public Voice channels for the special event.

Primary   145.985 FM Simplex
Temporary 1    145.825 FM Simplex
Temporary 2    145.800 FM Simplex

Next planed date
In preparation for a possible MAREX-NA Public Voice / SSTV day  between
Earth and the Mir Space Station, the following advanced  times are listed.
The starts time will begin approximately 14:15 UTC until approximately 15:15 UTC
on August 15.
There may also be SSTV activity on the hours before and after the voice Schedule

Aug 15         14:15 - 15:15  UTC Australia and North America, Europe

 Details for date:

14:12     Sydney

14:15     Official Start time for MAREX-NA Public Voice with Space Station Mir
14:40     Pine Grove/Sacremento, CA, N6CO
14:43     Seattle
14:45     Winnipeg
14:46     Bowling Green, Ky, W4HTB
14:46     Waldron/Indianapolis, IN, W9NTP
14:46     Cincinnati, Ohio, W8ZCF
14:49     N Florida
14:49      Chelmsford/Boston, Mass, WF1F
14:52     St Johns
15:01     London
15:02     Casablanca
15:03     Marseille
15:09     N Africa
15:13     Central Africa
15:15  Official end time for MAREX-NA Public Voice with Space Station Mir

If the Mir crew has additional time, they may optionally talk during
additional passes.  During the time slots before and After the MAREX-NA
Voice days, the Mir crew may be active on SSTV for Sending and Receiving
SSTV images from Earth.  Make sure  your SSTV systems are Ready.

Voice Contact Tips:
Several times the Mir crew has been heard asking people to please stop talking
while the crew is conversing with a Station.  You need to put you self in their
location to think about how easy it is to inadvertently cause interference.
That is exactly what they want.  Please do not say anything else until you
have established a two-way acknowledgment.

This is not a contest!
The Mir crew members are not contesters.  The duration of a two-way contact
will vary from 1 minute to 8 minutes in duration.  The Mir crews are very busy
and we should thank them for taking time from their busy schedules.
The crews chose QSO format is to have a general chat with the public and
talk about topics which are interesting to the Mir crew.
the are not into the contest mode 5/9 thank you QRZ.

For those of you who are not able to have a two-way QSO with the crew,
you can always send away for a Short-wave-listener QSL card.

1 Listen first before Transmitting.

2 Wait until the crew says CQ or QRZ

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

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.

8. If you hear total silence on the Mir channel, Wait until you hear QRZ,
Do not call if the channel is clear, wait until you hear QRZ or CQ.
Otherwise you will transmit over the person the Mir crew is trying to listen to.
Think of a Mir contact this way.  If you are at your house, you can usually
only hear other 2-meter FM stations within 50 miles.  However, Mir
can hear in all directions for 1500 miles.  If you hear total silence, it is
the Mir crew is listening to someone more than 50 miles from your house.
If you transmit out of sequence, you will transmit on top of the other station.
Good luck, and lets be courteous.

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.

Welcome First Time Space contact:
I would like to ask all of the station who have previously made a two-way
contact with any Astronaut or Cosmonaut to please refrain  from calling
the Russian Space Station Mir crew during the Official MAREX-NA Public
Voice Schedule. The reason I am Asking you to refrain from calling the
Mir station is because there are thousands of people who have never made
a contact with a voice from Space.  This special opportunity will give
many people around he world the same thrill you received when you made
your first contact.  I know I still remember my first QSL with Sergej

This is not good by.
This is,  Until we meet again.

World Coverage during the  MAREX-NA Public Voice event:
We tried to cover as much of the world a possible for the MAREX-NA Public Voice
It requires over 15 orbits just to cover 90% of the world from Mir.
Because of the very heavy Mir crew work load it was just not possible
to find orbits which covered the whole world.  During this test were
not able to formally schedule any passes over South America or most
of the Asia Pacific rim.  We hope that we can run additional schedules
to cover the parts of the world we missed, next year.

We only have a very limited crew access window and we can not run any
radio schedule while the crew is sleeping (01:00 - 11:00 UTC). The Mir
crew is usually very busy during many parts of the day.  Sunday is usually
the best day for crew schedules.
During some of the passes over Russia, it is possible the Mir crew may have
to shorten their planned public access times, because of pre-scheduled
radio links with family members living on Earth.  I hope that everyone
understands that all of the published times are based on crew work load,
and it is all ways possible the Mir crew may have to cancel.  For more
accurate pass times you should consult your own tracking program with updated

MAREX-NA Public Voice QSL Update:
For the special MAREX-NA Public Voice days, please only use the address below
for two-way and SWL cards.

QSL Information:
Pleas provide the following information with your QSL  or SWL card.

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.

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


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 (approximately 6 months)
Cosmonaut Viktor Afanasyev (approximately 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


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