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Re: OSCAR - Acronym for...?



Fred Hicks, W6EJU, didn’t have a rocket, but he did have the
requisite enthusiasm and, having worked for a missile contractor
and witnessing six satellite launches, some background in the
field. He contacted Stoner and the dream began to be take shape.
Hicks eventually became chairman of the Project OSCAR—Orbital
Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio—Association located in
California, and Stoner wrote the first major article about amateur
satellites, published in the February 1961 issue of QST. “Be assured,”
he wrote, “that this is not an April Fool joke.”

 From the November, 1999 issue of QST Magazine: Keeping Track of OSCAR

Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359
909-241-7666



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