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.

QRV Info:
  • The station will not be operating all the time, so keep listening to 80/40/20m and checking the Web DX Spots to find out when I am.
  • The most operating mode will be SSB, but I will operate on CW and BPSK-31 too in the evening after 20.00 UTC till 23.00 UTC.
  • Please do not double QSO with 3Z50SPU, if you are not sure you have made the QSO, check the list of made QSO by 3Z50SPU, link below.

>> Other amateur special event stations celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SPUTNIK-1 and the 50th Anniversary of the Space era:
  • UP50SAT QSL via RN3ADS
  • UP50SPU
  • 4U50SPACE QSL via HB9BOU
  • GB5OSO operated by John G7HIA and Robert G8ATE.
  • ZS50SPUT
  • HB9SPACE just till 10 of October.

>> 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: