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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS016 (1997)

ARLS016 Mike Foale, KB5UAC, aboard and active From Mir

Space Bulletin 016  ARLS016
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  May 30, 1997
To all radio amateurs

ARLS016 Mike Foale, KB5UAC, aboard and active From Mir

Ham-astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC, who swapped places with Jerry
Linenger, KC5HBR, aboard the Russian Mir space station in mid-May,
already is making good on his promise to keep Mir active on the ham
bands. Foale is scheduled to spend more than four months on the space
station before returning to Earth in September.

Al Lark, KD4SFF, of Greenville, South Carolina, was among the first
US stations to snag a QSO with Foale (who was using R0MIR at the
time). During a Memorial Day contact, KD4SFF got a chance to try out
a few Russian phrases during the QSO. The Mir frequencies are 145.800
MHz (downlink) and 145.200 MHz (uplink).

Foale has FCC permission to speak with unlicensed third parties via
ham radio during his stay on Mir. Foale also has permission to use
the German Space Amateur Funk EXperiment (SAFEX) equipment on Mir in
addition to the 2-meter gear.

Dave Larsen, N6CO, is the US Mir QSL manager for contacts made with
Mir crew members. QSL cards must include date, time, and mode of
contact. He does not handle cards for SWL reports. To confirm
contacts with the Mir packet radio personal message system (PMS),
include the message number issued by the PMS on your QSL. Send QSLs
along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
David G. Larsen, N6CO, Box 1501, Pine Grove, CA 95665 USA. For
further details, get in touch with Larsen via e-mail at