The 50th Anniversary of SPUTNIK-1,
The 50th Anniversary of the Space Age, 1957-2007
On October 4, 1957, at 07:28PM GMT, the Soviet Union successfully lunched SPUTNIK-1. The world's first man-made artificial satellite.
Sputnik-1 was about the size of basketball, weighed only 84 kilogram, sphere about 0.6 meters in diameter.
It tooks about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. Sputnik-1 enters orbit, opened the Space Age.
Here is the file with recorded sound from SPUTNIK-1.
More technical details about Sputnik-1 you may find on the Web Page of RussianSpaceWeb.Com
To commemorate this fact a special event station 3Z50SPU was established by Polish ham radio operator Roman SQ2RH. That event station was on the air for a month starting on the 4th of October 2007. A special QSL card (as above) will be available after the event for all HAMs and SWLs who made QSOs/SWLs with a special event station 3Z50SPU. You are welcome.
>> Other amateur special event stations celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SPUTNIK-1 and the 50th Anniversary of the Space era:
>> On 14 of October at 13:10 UTC the QSO on 20m SSB was made between 3Z50SPU and GB5OSO.
QSOs worked by 3Z50SPU you may see in the on-line log
>> List of DXCC worked by 3Z50SPU.
>> 3Z50SPU Statistics by bands and modes: