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[jamsat-news:960] * SpaceNews 09-Nov-98 *

* SpaceNews 09-Nov-98 *

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		        MONDAY NOVEMBER 9, 1998

SpaceNews originates at KD2BD in Wall Township, New Jersey, USA.  It
is published every week and is made available for non-commercial use.

Richard W. L. Limebear, G3RWL, reports that the KITSAT-OSCAR-23 satellite
has once again entered a period of continuous orbital sunlight.  The period
is expected to end on 1998-Nov-28.  The absence of eclipse periods causes
the spacecraft temperature to rise.  The higher temperature brings on a
known fault in the transmitter whereby the FM deviation increases and so
stations with narrow filters in their receivers will experience degraded
reception (strong carrier but little or no data received). 

Miles Mann, WF1F, reports that Sputnik (or Spoutnik)-41 is tentatively
planned to be hand launched the morning of 1998-Nov-11 from the Russian
Space Station Mir.  Anyone with a simple 2-meter receiver or scanner should
be able to hear the voice recordings being played by the tiny satellite.
The launch time is tentative based on the crews work load.  The EVA is
currently scheduled to start around 1998-Nov-10 at 2200 UTC and end at
0200 to 0400 UTC.

Stations in Europe will be able to hear the Satellite first.  North
America may be able to hear the satellite beginning on late Monday evening.

Sputnik will transmit on a frequency 145.812 MHz using 200 milliwatts of
power.  Because of Doppler shift, the signal may appear anywhere between
145.808 - 145.816 MHz.  QSLs will be available to those who copy the

Gustavo Carpignano, LW2DTZ, of AMSAT-LU has forwarded the following text
that was sent via Energia's radio amateur office celebrating tenth years
of the ham radio station on Mir.

  On November 6, 1988 amateur radio transmitting and receiving equipment
  first in the astronautics started functioning on board MIR russian space
  orbital station.

  Within the past decade more than 60 cosmonauts and astronauts have made
  thousands of radio contacts with radioamateurs of the Earth.

  Many Thanks to those who promoted and participated in amateur radio
  communication with MIR.

  RV3DR, Serge Samburov.

The Leonids meteor shower is expected to be much bigger this year, and
several Internet web sites have been created to provide information for
those interested in the shower.  The shower will occur next week, and is
expected to produce as many as 100,000 meteors per hour.  Satellites in
earth orbit will almost certainly be at risk during the shower if this
prediction holds true.  Further information is available at:

	http://www.leonids.net (includes a live video feed)

[Info via Ken, VK4KWM and Hank, N1LTV]

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