|INTRIGUING REPORTS FROM THE EARLY SPACE AGE - page 1 of 2
by: AARON GEORGE BAILEY - WA5HRC
I was a youngster with a shortwave radio during the early Space Age, at a time when some spacecraft
transmitted to earth on frequencies which my receiver could tune.(&) The hunt was on for the frequencies
being used for space communication. All of my sources of information were news articles from the period.
Below are some of the intriguing articles which really fueled my interest. American spacecraft, Mercury
and Gemini, used some shortwave communications but quickly moved to the more dependable UHF band.
Whenever a manned mission was up I would listen out with my radio and try to intercept voice
transmissions directly from the capsule, especially the Soviet flights because they continued to use
shortwave frequencies, around 20 megacycles, for a number of years.-(NOTE- see my Soyuz-14/Salyut-3 and
Soyuz-25 signals) Back in the early 1960s, the Cold War and Space Race was heating up and the secretive
nature of the Soviet space program really fascinated me. Soviet satellites were invading American air
space everyday. "What are those Russians up to in Space", was a common question from that era?
Note- below are my scrapbook articles from the early 1960s.
These newspaper articles appeared in The Arkansas Democrat OR The Arkansas Gazette ?
The Big Launch article is from an unknown magazine.
|ABOVE STAMP- First woman in space, Valentina
Tereshkova- On June 16, 1963 she rode Vostok-6
into space and orbited near to Vostok-5. --
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