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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS013 (1995)

ARLS013 German ham arrives at Mir
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Space Bulletin 013  ARLS013
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  September 12, 1995
To all radio amateurs
ARLS013 German ham arrives at Mir
German cosmonaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR, has arrived at the Russian
space station Mir.  He will stay there for 135 days and operate
DP0MIR, as time permits.  Presently there are two crews aboard Mir,
both very busy with scientific experiments.
One of the crews will return to earth in a few days, and Reiter is
expected to have more time for Amateur Radio thereafter.
Listen for DP0MIR on 145.800 MHz for instructions for where to
Reiter expects to install 70 cm equipment capable of FM voice and
9600 baud packet modes sometime during his stay.
Thomas Kieselbach, DL2MDE, and Joerg Hahn, DL3LUM, of the Ham Radio
Group of DLR (which is the German Mission Control for EUROMIR 95)
said that there also will be picture transmission from Mir by means
of a new SSTV mode.  This new mode will transmit pictures, taken by
a still video camera aboard MIR, in AX.25 packets.  The protocol of
this mode does not generate ''line by line'' pictures, but uses
''random'' sampling, making it possible to have an idea of the
picture received after a short time, with the resolution improving
as the transmission continues.
This information came from Norbert Norrhoff, DF5DP, the Deutscher
Amateur Radio Club satellite and space projects coordinator.