|Kantronics (Press release).|
KPC-9612 modem, undergoing tests at WF1F before being
shipped to Moscow for a flight to the Russian Mir Space
Serial #401 is currently on board Mir.
The radio is a Kenwood TM-733. The same model radio used on Mir.
KPC-9612 Plus flies MIR in Space in a joint venture between Mir Amateur Radio Experiment (MAREX) Moscow, and MIREX, a Kantronics Packet Radio Modem was delivered to the Russian MIR Space Station by the cargo rocket Progress 36 in September, 1997.
The purpose of the modem - to be
used with a transmitter-receiver - is to provide a
digital (computer) mail communications system between the
cosmonauts/astronauts and their families, school
children, and amateur radio operators world-wide.
The MIREX team will be
conducting numerous tests with the new hardware
throughout December, 1997. The team's long term goal is
to support 1200 baud communications with simple systems
that may be demonstrated/used in schools and to support
file transfers at 9600 baud when using "data
Initial testing at 1200
baud is underway and if all goes as planned, packet radio
links by schools and amateur radio operators with the MIR
can commence in early 1998. Initial public access to MIR
using packet radio will be at 1200 baud on 145.985 MHz
(simplex). High speed access will come later.
For more information about MIREX, INTERNET users my browse the MIREX webpage at http://www.ik1sld.org/mirex.htm
Amateur radio and shortwave listening enthusiasts may copy MIR packet radio transmissions at 1200 baud packet at the frequency listed by using a vertical, a 2-meter FM radio, a packet modem (TNC), and a computer.
Look for MIR's call sign, R0MIR-1. MIR will pass over about six times per day and can be heard for about ten minutes on each pass. Times to listen may be found by searching the INTERNET for "STS Plus", a tracking program including time/pass data.]
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