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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS028 (1997)

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ARLS028 KB5UAC/Mir activity

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Space Bulletin 028  ARLS028
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  August 14, 1997
To all radio amateurs

SB SPACE ARL ARLS028
ARLS028 KB5UAC/Mir activity

US astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC, continues to be sporadically active
on Amateur Radio from the Russian Mir space station. Foale has been
using 145.985 MHz while over the US, and the 145.200/800 MHz split
pair elsewhere.

In a recent packet bulletin, Foale also said he expects his new Mir
24 crewmates, Anatoli Solovev and Pavel ''Pasha'' Vinogradov, to be
active on the radio ''once they are settled in.''

The new crew members arrived August 7 aboard the ailing Mir to
replace the Mir 23 contingent of Vasily Tsibliev and Alexander
Lazutkin, who returned to Earth August 14. Foale will remain aboard
Mir until September. ''We are conducting handover activities now,''
Foale related in his message. He said the team will prepare for a
so-called ''internal space walk'' on August 20 to relocate power
cables from the damaged Spektr module to Mir's Core module. A
decision on whether Foale would get a chance to participate in a
later space walk in September was pending this week. The Mir crew
has been attempting to clear up vexing problems with its onboard
oxygen-generation system.

''Lots to do here,'' Foale said in his hurried posting. ''I try to
monitor each day.'' Foale has been experiencing problems with his
TNC, which has been losing messages. A new TNC was to have been
delivered along with the Mir 24 crew members, but that did not
happen.

NASA, meanwhile, reports that Foale's scheduled replacement,
astronaut Dave Wolf, KC5VPF, is undergoing intensive training in
Russia in preparation for swapping places with Foale in late
September.
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