Malaysian Recalls the Day the Space Age Began

Day the Space Age began
by Sangat Singh
NST Online

SANGAT SINGH remembers the moment 50 years ago when Man placed the first object to orbit around Earth. IT was a defining moment in the history of the world. Fifty years ago today, on October 4, 1957 at 19:28:04 GMT, the world was stunned when Sputnik 1 became the first man-made object to orbit Earth.

The Space Age had begun, with an eruption of blinding flames and the thundering roar of R7 rocket engines on the Kazakh steppes to put Sputnik 1 into orbit.

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Son of First Ham to Operate in Space to Follow in Father’s Footsteps

ARRL web

Richard Garriott, KE5QNX, son of Owen Garriott, W5LFL, will be launching into space and living aboard the International Space Station in October 2008 as a client of Space Adventures. Owen Garriott operated the world’s first Amateur Radio Station from space, W5LFL, as part of the Spacelab mission on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-9) in 1983; he is on the Astronaut Advisory Board of Space Adventures. Space Adventures is a company that allows private citizens the chance for space travel on Russian Soyuz spacecraft at an estimated cost of $30-55 million per person. Richard, who is Space Adventures vice chairman, has applied for his grandfather’s call sign, W5KWQ.
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Fifty Years After Sputnik

First contact: Sputnik
Science Centric

To say the least, it was incredible. The news relayed by the voice on the other end of the phone line hit the president of the San Gabriel Valley Radio Club like a blow to the head. Too incredible, Henry Richter hoped, to be true.

Hope was something Richter knew quite well. It went with the job. Not only as president of a local ham radio club; although you always hoped the guy on the other side of the world talking to you over the shortwave would have something interesting to say. No, Richter’s familiarity with hope came as a charter member of the nascent space exploration industry.
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Ham Radio Helps Record Setting Couple

Sailing into a new era

Minnesota couple completed a 6,600-mile voyage by sailboat through the Northwest Passage.

by Jon Tevlin,
Star Tribune – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

They had been on the water for more than a month, “staring holes through the fog” and expecting the ice to finally come.

Retired Minnesota hog farmer Roger Swanson and his wife, Gaynelle Templin, were nearing the spot on the Franklin Strait where their attempt to travel the Northwest Passage ended in 2005.

But this time a ham radio operator called Swanson’s 57-foot sailboat, Cloud Nine, with good news. The gap in the ice was still open.
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America’s Walk for Diabetes 2007

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers, in conjunction with the Fresno Amateur Radio Club will be providing communication support for this years event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers as well as an event t-shirt. If you wish to participate with radio communications, please contact Rob Mavis.

Date/Time:
Saturday October 13th, 2007 – 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Location:
Woodward Park – Group Activity Area

Required Equipment:
2-meter HT

Suggested Equipment:
Sunscreen
Jacket
Poncho/Rain Jacket

Contact:
Rob Mavis AE6GE
(559) 761-0800
ae6ge@k6arp.org

America’s Walk for Diabetes 2007

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers, in conjunction with the Fresno Amateur Radio Club will be providing communication support for this years event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers as well as an event t-shirt. If you wish to participate with radio communications, please contact Rob Mavis.

Date/Time:
Saturday October 13th, 2007 – 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Location:
Woodward Park – Group Activity Area

Required Equipment:
2-meter HT

Suggested Equipment:
Sunscreen
Jacket
Poncho/Rain Jacket

Contact:
Rob Mavis AE6GE
(559) 761-0800
ae6ge@k6arp.org

NWS Late Summer Newsletter Available

The summer newsletter edition from the San Joaquin Valley National Weather
Service office is now available.  Please take a look at your leisure.  If
you would like to provide feedback, photos, or even write an article for the
next newsletter, please contact us!

-From the staff of NWS Hanford, CA

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/hnx/newslet/newslett.htm 

1938 Massachusetts News Article

Advocate Archives
Provincetown Banner and the Advocate – Massachusetts

This week’s look back into the Advocate archives visits 1938 to talk about how amateur radio operators kept communication open after the big hurricane; 1948 when the Provincetown Airport was just about to receive final approval to begin operations; 1958 when a Cherokee Indian came to Sunday School class in Truro and 1967 when the Art Association considered a new addition.
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Wisconsin Red Cross Exercise

Agencies join for Red Cross exercise
HTRNews – Manitowoc, Wisconsin

MANITOWOC — The Manitowoc/Calumet Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted a shelter exercise on Saturday, Sept. 22, with participation from the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.

All three of those volunteer agencies would provide services to the community during a large disaster, according to a press release from Travis Waack, disaster services director for the Manitowoc/Calumet Chapter of the American Red Cross. The purpose of the exercise was to bring all three together to collaborate toward one common goal.
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New York Dam Failure Drill

Emergency officials host mock dam failure
by Heather Sackett, Enterprise Staff Writer
The Aidirondak Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE — The village of Saranac Lake hosted an Emergency Action Plan Drill at the Mt. Pisgah Lodge on Tuesday.

The drill focused on how the village prepares, and the course of action different organizations would take, should the Lake Flower dam fail and the Saranac River flood parts of downtown. The drill is conducted every five years as a requirement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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