A prototype of the first Amateur Radio satellite OSCAR 1 has been on display at the AMSAT symposium in San Jose. OSCAR-1 was launched nearly 50 years ago on December 12, 1961 and its beacon sent the letters HI on 144.9830 MHz CW.
Bob Allison, WB1GCM of ARRL’s Technical Lab led the effort to refurbish the OSCAR 1 prototype on display at ARRL headquarters. With the help of OSCAR 1 developer Lance Ginner, K6GSJ, Bob and his team got OSCAR 1 operational again.
The refurbished OSCAR-1 was on display at the ARRL exhibit area at the 2011 Dayton Hamvention. The OSCAR 1 prototype was again on display during the AMSAT Symposium where everyone was able to once again hear the CW transmissions (now managed by a PIC controller) in the 145 MHz band.
Additionally, the AMSAT News Service will re-run the weekly Project OSCAR Newsletters to commemorate the 50th anniversary of OSCAR 1. During the November/December 2011 time frame you will be able to share the excitement of the launch campaign that started it all 50 years ago.
Watch for the re-publication of the Project OSCAR Newsletters in the AMSAT Journal [AMSAT-NA] . The Newsletters were hand-typed back in 1961. Thanks to Don Ferguson, KD6IRE for scanning the original documents announcing OSCAR 1.
Watch OSCAR 1 – 1st Amateur Radio Sat at AMSAT space symposium 2011 – San Jose,CA
AMSAT News Servce http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/news/