Telstar’s 50th Anniversary

Let’s take a break from  the sorry state that RAC has fallen into as I’ve likely got more readers to this blog than they have active members.

(For those new to this discussion I’d invite you to go to CQ Canada, John VE1OZ, HK3C’s amazingly well-written and thought-out site and especially read the parts about “where’s Waldo”.

It took me a while to figure out what John was saying when he referred to the missing Waldo but eventually, slow as I am, I got it.

John had pieced to the heart of the problems affecting our national organization and that was, and remains, an almost total lack of member involvement in the day-to-day activities of what should be our shining achievement as Amateur Radio operators in Canada.)

But enough about our national failure, let’s talk about something amazing.

In today’s National Post there’s a great article by Scott Van Wynsberge called “Satellite of Love” which is all about Telstar 1 which was launched 50 years ago today.

The 170-pound sphere received signals, according to the article, at 6,390 megacycles (sic) and re-transmitted them at 4,170 megacycles (sic) and within hours, the impossible of sending TV signals across the Atlantic, was accomplished.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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