Hello dear Friends!
Hello dear friend Michael!
Thank you very much for your message and interesting info. I hope you enjoyed European vacation When I have my two weeks Black Sea vacation I thought a lot about your Sputnik Day suggestion. There are some my offers below:
The Sputnik Day (the Sputnik QRP Day)
Devoted to a memory of the 1'st Sputnik launch (October 4, 1957).
This is not a contest but activity day only.
Date - October 4 (annually) 00 to 24 UTC Band - 15 m CW only Output power - 1 watt or less Antenna - V-dipole, Inv V or Dipole for 15 m band only
A. only valves (tubes) 1 watt TX
B. other 1 watt TX (TRX)
During "CQ" category "A" operators add 6 (six) dits (bips or E)
before CQ the same like the 1'st Sputnik transmitted.
Sample: EEEEEE CQ CQ de KH6OB KH6OB EEEEEE CQ CQ de KH6OB KH6OB pse K Participants may operate with any possible stations.
SWLs must copy A or B callsign and other station callsign.
Logs as extract from log book including personally data (full name,
e-mail, WW-locator, category) and used TX (TRX) and antenna
description in brief. Photos of home made valve TXs are welcome.
QRP Club "72" may become an organizer of the Sputnik Day and awards/prizes for all participants.
About Sputnik TX. For my sorry and surprise, it was impossible to find any schemes or details of Sputnik TX. It's not a Top secret for now of course I guess all the documentation and schemes was lost during 80-90-th "perestroyka" period, hi hi.
About micro-tubes 1ZH29B and 1P24B. I think it's possible to find this tubes in Russia now. Also, I did not see a large problems to organize a "Sputniker" TX kits. BUT!!! There is a one major question before:
how many buyers we have for "Sputniker" kit??? Because there is not reason to spend sum of money for 10-20 kits if we will have not a buyers, isn't it? Other problem, there is not 21 MHz xtals in Russia sorry and I should buy xtals for kits in US or UK. Otherwise, to complete the kits without xtals (buy it yourself)?
So, my mail box open for any ideas, offers and suggestions for Sputnik Day and for "Sputniker" kit - welcome everybody!
All the best and 72!
> Mike, AA1TJ
Oleg "Mr. 72" RV3GM / KH6OB
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