Tag: Sputnik

How Aussie uni students convinced NASA to launch the first amateur radio satellite

In 1967, a group of students from the Melbourne University Astronautical Society came up with an idea to build a small amateur radio satellite. It was just 10 years after the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched and Australia had yet to enter the space race. Russia had successfully launched Yuri Gagarin into space […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #944

This Week in Amateur Radio #944 Week of April 1, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR944 Running Time: 1:10:30 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #944 with a release and air date of Saturday, April 1, 2017. This week’s edition is anchored by, George Bowen W2XBS, […]

UK Museum Wants to Hear from Those Who Remember Sputnik Launch

As part of an effort to tell the story of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) 60 years ago, a Cambridge, England, museum wants to hear from anyone who remembers the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. Many radio amateurs and shortwave listeners (SWLs) of the era were among those thrilled to […]

Communication Satellite Pioneer Harold A. Rosen, ex-W5JKW, SK

Communication satellite pioneer Harold Rosen, ex-W5JKW, of Pacific Palisades, California, died on January 30. He was 90. Inspired by the USSR’s launch of Sputnik I in 1957 that kicked off the space race in earnest, Rosen foresaw the potential for such spacecraft to do more than transmit a beacon signal. An engineer with Hughes Aircraft […]

CIA Declassified Documents about Amateur Radio Available in Searchable Online Database

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports about Amateur Radio in the former Soviet Union (including the Baltic States) and Warsaw Pact member countries have been declassified to a new searchable online database, the CIA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room. Documents include translations and assessments of Amateur Radio clubs, including Soviet DOSAAF (Volunteer Society […]

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