[amsat-bb] Re: 1961-12-12: OSCAR 1
va6bmj at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 05:38:48 PST 2011
On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM, i8cvs <domenico.i8cvs at tin.it> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "B J" <va6bmj at gmail.com>
> To: "amsat-bb" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 5:42 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] 1961-12-12: OSCAR 1
> > It's quite amazing when one considers the historical context:
> > 1957-10-04: Sputnik 1 launched
> > 1959-09-12: Luna 2 launched to moon, impacted 1959-09-13
> > 1960-08-12: Echo 1 launched
> > 1961-04-12: Vostok 1 with Yuri Gagarin
> > 1961-05-05: Freedom 7 with Alan Shepard
> > 1971-07-21: Liberty Bell 7 with Gus Grissom
> > 1961-08-06: Vostok 2 with Gherman Titov
> > 1961-12-12: OSCAR 1 launched
> > 1962-02-20: Friendship 7 with John Glenn
> > 1962-07-10: Telstar 1 launched
> > 1962-08-27: Mariner 2 launched to Venus, closest approach 1962-12-14
> > 73s
> > Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
> Hi Bernard VA6BMJ
> Received the beacon of Sputnik 1 on 20,002 MHz with a RX
> Hallicrafters SX-28 and a long-wire antenna 40 meters long.
> Received two beacons of Echo 1 on 108,000 and 108,030 MHz
> with homebrewed converter and Hallicrafters SX-28 as a 40 MHz
> IF and a 3 elements yagi.
> Received the beacon of OSCAR-1 on 144,983 MHz with 2
> meters homebrewed converter and Hallicrafters SX-28 as a
> 28 MHz IF with 6 element yagi.
Wow--you've been involved with it from the very beginning.
I was born 2 years before Sputnik, so I grew up with this as well. My
earliest recollection was of a news item I saw on TV about an American
launch. I was 3 or 4 years old at the time so I don't recall what the
payload was or when it took place.
It's a privilege to be of a generation that got to see it all first-hand.
Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
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