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Mir crew says, will keep Amateur Radio running as long as possible

Mir Amateur Radio Status: Aug 21, 1999

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

Radio contact between amateur radio station
Miles Mann WF1F and the Russian Space Station Mir R0MIR
Cosmonauts Sergei  Avdeyev, and Jean-Pierre

August 12, 1999, 14:14 - 14: 20 UTC

ROMIR This is WF1F

Sergei  Avdeyev Hello Miles:  We have celebrated TGIF and now we prepare
for our landing.

When is the exact day you are coming home to Earth.

Sergei  Avdeyev:
Between 27 and 28 we will exit at 00 and a few minutes later we will leave Mir
Space Station.

What Sergej says here, is that around 11:00 P.M. Moscow time on Friday Aug 27,
the crew will enter
the Soyuz module to prepare to return to Earth.  Then just after midnight on Aug
28 the Soyuz
will undock from Mir and begin its voyage back to earth.

Then the Automatic MAREX-NA SSTV system took over and transmitted a
new SSTV image of Sergej to Earth.  After the image completed sending,
came on the radio and continued the conversation.

When are you going to shut down the Mir Amateur Radio Station.

We'll that has not yet been really decided.
With this module [Prioida] where the [Amateur Radio] station is ,
should be closed by [august] 25th.
We will probably move the [Amateur Radio] station to the
core module.
I expect to use the [Amateur Radio] station for some time.
But you know its not a high priority and we did not get any radio-gram
to give us the orders to switch it off or reconfigure it [the Amateur Radio
But as far as we are concerned, if we do not receive instructions
we are going to move the [Amateur Radio station] to the core module.
We will use it up to the last moment if possible.

Then Jean-Pierre, sent down some more SSTV images via
the MAREX-NA SSTV project.

Miles Mann, WF1F

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 28, 1999.
On this Mission Sergei spent just over 1 full year on board the Mir Space
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

Amateur Radio Status while Mir is unoccupied.
The MAREX-NA team has been working closely with the MAREX-RU team at
Energia trying to determine if it will be possible to keep some of the Amateur
Radio equipment active while Mir is temporarily unoccupied.
We discussed several low power modes of operations tying to satisfy all of the
official safety requirements.
The safety rules are quite clear.  If we can not remotely turn the equipment ON
and OFf
from ground control, then the equipment must be shutdown when the station is
We at MAREX-NA understand that the safety of the station is more important
than the Amateur Radio equipment.  And we agree with the decision to turn off
all of the Amateur Radio equipment on Mir while the station is temporally

The following Amateur Radio projects on Mir will be power off and de-cabled
during the
week of August 23-26th.
SAFEX/MAREX-NA Personal Message System (PMS)
MAREX-NA Slow Scan TV system
SAFEX Repeater

The equipment is expected to be turned back on again when the station is
in February 2000.


QSL Information:
Please 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


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
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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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